KIRKUS REVIEWS A Meticulously Researched Historical Account Presented In The Form Of A Thrilling Political Drama Theodora Actress, Prostitute, Mistress, Feminist And Byzantine Empress Of The Civilized World Stephen Handsome Syrian Boy, Wizard S Apprentice, Palace Eunuch And Secretary To The Empress How Does This Unlikely Pair Become Such Allies That One Day Empress Theodora Asks Stephen To Write Her Biography From A Very Young Age, Theodora, Daughter Of A Circus Bearkeeper In Constantinople, Sets Her Sights Well Above Her Station In Life Her Exquisite Beauty Sets Her Apart On Stages And In The Eyes Of MenStephen, A Syrian Lad Of Striking Good Looks, Is Sold By His Parents To A Persian Wizard, Who Teaches Him A Skill In Languages That Will Serve Him WellBy The Time Destiny Brings Them Together In Antioch, Theodora Has Undergone Heart Rending Trials And A Transformation, While Stephen Has Been Sold Again And CastratedDiscover The Enduring Bond That, However Imperfect, Prompts Theodora As Empress To Request Palace Eunuch Stephen To Write Her Biography A Historical Novel Set In Sixth Century Constantinople Charts The Extraordinary Ascent Of A Woman From Poverty To Royal Power In This Ambitious Novel, The Author Vividly Brings To Life The Cinematic Story Of Theodora S Life, Chronicling Her Rise, Halting Than Meteoric, To Spectacular Power Martin S Command Of The Historical Period Not Just The Chief Political Events, But Also The Nuances Of Its Cultural S Is Masterful Further, He Conjoins That Scholarly Rigor With Novelistic Excitement The Entire Tale Is Intelligently Conveyed With Great Emotional Poignancy This Is A Meticulously Researched Historical Account Presented In The Form Of A Thrilling Political Drama KIRKUS REVIEWSMartin Not Only Unfurls The Vast Canvas Of History, But He Paints The Deeply Personal Side Of The Men And Women Who Lived It His Settings And Characters Come To Life In Meticulously Researched Detail I Felt Like I Was There Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling Author Of Before We Were YoursA Treasure For Historical Fiction Fans Richly Detailed, Immersive, And Heart Pounding Martin Paints A Vivid And Satisfying Portrait Of One Of History S Most Remarkable Women Olivia Hawker, Bestselling Author Of The Ragged Edge Of Night
Ah, Fate The seed for Fortune s Child started some years ago when I was taking an Art Appreciation course at a community college in Los Angeles One day we were studying the exquisite mosaics of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora from the Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, and the professor pointed to Theodora and said, I m not a writer, but if I were, that is the woman I would write about Little did he know what he had unloosed.What a fascinating woman, frailties and all She could have been the prototype for Eva Peron I started the novel right then and there however, life and other books got in the way.But Fortune s Child has finally found her way.Fate goes ever as it must.I am also the author of THE POLAND TRILOGY, beginning with Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of Anna Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the Third of May Constitution After working on the project for some years without raising interest within the publishing community, I self published in 2001 Just one year later, St Martin s Press purchased the book and released a hard cover edition in September 2003 Polish and German rights sold almost immediately The Polish edition, Nie ponaglaj rzeki, was released in May of 2005, became a bestseller and sold out in a matter of months Anna s story had come full circle Polish to English to Polish Pod purpurowym niebem, the translation of Against a Crimson Sky, also became a bestseller when published in December of 2007 The Warsaw Conspiracy followed, as did The Boy Who Wanted Wings Martin, who holds degrees from St Ambrose and DePaul Universities, is a retired English and Creative Writing teacher now living and writing in Portland, Oregon.
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- Fortune's Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora
- James Conroyd Martin
- 10 February 2018 James Conroyd Martin