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Purple Makes a good shroud

In Alma Alexander's enthralling new novel, Simonis is a woman who lived many lives before rising to the top - a helpless child in circus performances, an accomplished courtesan and spy, a heretic who sheltered men thought to be damned for what they believed.

Emperor Maxentius is the man who loves her enough to drape the Imperial purple over her shoulders even though his entire culture recoils. When he marries Simonis and gives her the name Callidora, he makes her a partner in the ruling of the empire.

When the Empire faces a rebellion that appears unstoppable, Maxentius and his generals are prepared to flee the raging mobs. But Callidora announces that the men can do what they want, but she will not run.

"If I must die, purple makes a good shroud."

The men are shamed into standing their ground and the Empire survives.

Based on the historical characters of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, this is a grand, gorgeous, sweeping, utterly unforgettable vision of an already amazing tale.

"Rich world-building, compelling characters, complex politics and passionate intrigue in an alternate Byzantium: if you like Guy Gavriel Kay, you will love 'Empress'. - Kari Sperring, author of "Living with Ghosts" and "The Grass King's Concubine"

"Empress is the best kind of secondary-world fantasy: the Roman Empire-esque world is both tantalizingly familiar and exotic; with characters at once larger than life and intimately human." - Patrice Sarath, Author of The Tales of Port Saint Frey

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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Empress
Author(s): Alma Alexander
ISBN: 1-61138-580-6 / 978-1-61138-580-9 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Empress
Author(s): Alma Alexander
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