Stella Duffy introduces us to the world of Theodora: Empress, Actress, and Whore. She takes us back into the world of 527 AD when the Byzantine Empire was no place for a lady. It is in this novel we watch the rise of young Theodora as she raises her status from whore to empress.
At a very early age Theodora learns to seduce the stage, the wants of men, and rises above the ranks. She has “had always been drawn to exactly that she was warned against.” It is through her adventurous risks that she learns to become a woman of strength.
It is in this novel you are introduced to a strong lead of female characters all striving to survive in a mans world on their own terms. All risk-takers unwilling to let go of their beliefs and enjoy the rise to a challenge thrown their way.
It is in this seductive historical fiction which serves up the stage and more with the drama worthy for a king. Let Theodora charm you with her cunning-wit, irresistible appetite, and adventurous spirit. She is full of surprises – you never know you may even learn a trick from her trade!
Is there a strong female lead in a historical fiction novel that you love? Do you think history teaches us the only way to live is by our own rules?
This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.