On our December cruise, I got through a great novel, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton. The subject matter was right up my alley - the late Roman Empire. In fact, in graduate school, I quickly learned that the later Roman Empire, and early Christianity, was my favorite part of history. So many peoples and churches vying for power!
Here's my review of Thornton's novel:
book kept my attention very well - I could hardly stop thinking about
it when not reading it! Theodora's story in history is fascinating, for
sure, but Thornton brings her to life in a very realistic, passionate
way. You can only sympathize with young Theodora, who is faced with a
horrific "childhood", and marvel at her true rags-to-riches story.
setting of Byzantium has always fascinating me...Justinian's reign was a
bright spot amidst years of war and turbulence. Thornton's
descriptions and writing are mediocre but her storytelling is very nice!
If you're wanting to read some historical fiction, I highly recommend this book!