Empress of the Dusk

By John W. Vandercook
A GOOD historical novel, excellent for summer reading. It is a narrative based on the life of Theodora, wife of the Roman emperor Justinian; a short book, written in a forceful style, rather graceful, and very well ordered. It has the remarkable merit of having been written by an honest author who devotes a whole preface to telling the reader exactly what he may and may not expect in the way of historicity. It has the further merit, almost as remarkable, of being pervaded by a sincere and disinterested affection for its subject, which gives it an amenity impossible to counterfeit. These two qualities, combined with a commendable absence of padding, make an unusually attractive story.