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The Blood Throne of Caria by Roy Casagranda

“A determined Carian princess rails against a patriarchy in this debut historical novel…. Casagranda has an agility and fluidity to his writing… [His] story is a bona fide page-turner that should have readers rooting for the tenacious Artemisia from beginning to end. A gripping, fast-paced adventure that delivers passionate writing.”

Kirkus Reviews

At a time when saying a woman's name in public in Athens is taboo, Princess Artemisia dreams of replacing her father as the King of Halikarnassos. But horses do not gallop on clouds. As the kings of Caria plot and scheme to use her for their own ends, Artemisia cunningly outmaneuvers them in the palace and on the field of battle. She surmounts the ramparts of patriarchy to unify a divided nation and become one of history's most unforgettable heroines.

 
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"The Blood Throne of Caria delivers a magnificent heroine — Artemisia — a badass princess who maintains mastery over her own fate. This is a story of power in femininity that will inspire every woman to rise above her circumstances."

Katherine L. Evans, author of Rise and Unbreakable Love

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THE BLOOD THRONE OF CARIA RESOURCES

SAMPLE PAGES

 
 
 
 Caria Handmade is not my company, but a product line that I believe in. The jewelry is hand crafted in a studio in Istanbul and is a celebration of the cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Caria Handmade is not my company, but a product line that I believe in. The jewelry is hand crafted in a studio in Istanbul and is a celebration of the cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Caria Handmade captures the essence of the locations I write about and its name celebrates Caria! By coincidence the company is based in Austin, Texas! How cool is that?

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"The Blood Throne of Caria will shock over and over again in its audacity. Casagranda’s Artemisia, masterfully crafted, is a woman warrior 21st century feminists can look up to."

— Banafsheh Madaninejad, PhD, Department of Philosophy, Southwestern University

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MAPS

[Spoiler alert: clicking on the map below will take you to a map that shows Caria after 490 BC!]

HALIKARNASSOS TODAY

 
 
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"The Blood Throne doesn’t ‘aspire’ to be a Great Man story. Doesn’t try to match or conform to the standard model. There is no implied ‘just as good as the boys’ or ‘good, for a girl’ here. Artemisia’s story stands as it is, aspires to only its own glory. By not trying to force her growing up into a traditionally male narrative of the ascent to greatness, The Blood Throne honors both power and womanhood. It does not shy away from any part of the female experience, nor fetishize them. The book is refreshing in its nuance."

— Olivia Ott, undergrad, Polymathic Scholars, University of Texas at Autin