A four book series following Irini and Thekla's intertwined destinies through the glittering Byzantine capital of Constantinople
Seventeen-year-old Thekla needs her quick wits and knife to track down her betrothed, a soldier who has left her at the altar for the third time.
Irini’s conniving mother-in-law, her five jealous step-brothers, and her own husband, Co-Emperor Leon, threaten Irini’s safety in Constantinople.
Constantine’s father dies unexpectedly, making Constantine emperor at age nine with Irini as Regent.
In the final book, Irini returns to the throne. She tricks Constantine into divorcing Maria and exiles her and Constantine’s two daughters to Abbess Thekla’s island convent where Maria goes mad.