Praise for Selene of Alexandria:
"Readers will be captivated. Fans of Gillian Bradshaw’s classic The Beacon at Alexandria may especially enjoy Selene and find a promising new historical novelist who shares the same gift for wonderfully researched, vividly evoked, good old-fashioned storytelling."–The Historical Novel Society
"Selene of Alexandria is pure fiction magic…I couldn't put this book down. I love the way Justice mixed historic facts with her fictional character's lives, dreams, loves, and aspirations. Selene of Alexandria made me laugh and cry, hope and despair. I can't wait to see what else Faith L. Justice has in store for us." –Story Circle Book Reviews
"I am enthralled with the work of this author… [She writes] with beauty, brilliance, and brutal honesty. Run to the bookstore and buy this for yourself." –BookPleasures.com
"The author has weaved a brilliant tale that brings to life this fascinating era, complete with never-to-be-forgotten characters, unrequited love, and the desire of one woman to overcome adversity.It is a story that picks up momentum with each page until it reaches a very explosive ending. Highly recommended."–Women and History
"The characters are well-drawn, the plot propels us forward, and the writing carries us easily throughout the story. Even the antagonist comes across as a fully fleshed out person. The level of authenticity is remarkable. No doubt, Faith has done her homework. I recommend Selene of Alexandria." -Historical Novel Review
"I couldn't put it down. Or if I did, it was under extreme protest. I took my reader with me everywhere, pulling it out to read a few more sentences even when I knew I would only have a few spare moments. I needed to know what happened. And there were a few times in the book I teared up because I was so into the story. I'm quite the history nerd...but I honestly think this book will appeal to anyone and everyone."–Novel Addiction
"Selene of Alexandria is an entertaining and enlightening novel of the classical era, and a fine read through and through."–The Midwest Book Review
This story of ambition, love, and political intrigue brings to life colorful characters and an exotic time and place. In A.D. 412 Alexandria, against the backdrop of a city torn by religious and political strife, Selene struggles to achieve her dream of becoming a physician—an unlikely goal for an upper class Christian girl. Hypatia, the famed Lady Philosopher of Alexandria, and the Augustal Prefect Orestes offer their patronage and protection. But will it be enough to save Selene from murderous riots, the machinations of a charismatic Bishop and—most dangerous of all—her own impulsive nature?
About the Author
Faith L. Justice writes award-winning novels, short stories, and articles in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in such publications as Salon.com, Writer's Digest, The Copperfield Review, and the Circles in the Hair anthology. She is a frequent contributor to Strange Horizons, Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine, and co-founded a writer's workshop many more years ago than she likes to admit. For fun, she likes to dig in the dirt-her garden and various archaeological sites.