Matilda Empress is a rich romp through 12th-century Europe, replete with political intrigue, dynastic drama, and compelling characters. In the heroine we have a strong-willed and pious woman who will let nothing stand in the way of her desire to reclaim her homeland. While a force to be reckoned with, Matilda is not unaffected by the pangs of love, especially that of her lover who betrayed her and this is where we see her at her most vulnerable. The writing is superb and the descriptions so apt that I felt that I was in the novel alongside the empress. It is a gripping story from start to finish. If you enjoy a strong female lead, then this is the book for you!