Set in the same world as Anne Simon’s acclaimed 2018 debut graphic novel, The Song of Aglaia, Empress Cixtisis tells the story of another female ruler, inspired by the true story of the Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled China for a half-century.
Everything is peaceful in Suffragette City with Queen Aglaia at the height of her power. Under her rule, her people have all but forgotten the tyrant Von Krantz. But this placidity is cut short when Cixtisis, the empress of Tchitchinie, kidnaps all of the men from Agalaia’s kingdom and brings them to Tchitchinie to castrate them and make them her slaves. Anger grows amongst the female residents of Suffragette City—they want their husbands back. Will Aglaia be able to avert war and bring peace once again to the region?
Once again, Anne Simon showcases a deft touch in this allegorical fantasy that blends feminism, satire, and farce into a story brimming with subversive twists and comical turns.