About the book

The Roman Empire is a fledgling, Augustus is dead, his desired successor not yet of age so the empire passes into the depraved rule of his step-son, Tiberius. But Tiberius’ grip is weak and the Empire clamours for a strong ruler, one with the blood of Augustus. Such blood becomes a desirable and deadly commodity.

Born to follow in the footsteps of their Imperial grandfather, Nilla and Gaius find themselves orphaned and alone amongst the treachery and ambition of the political machine that is the early Roman Empire. Their parents were slain, their brothers are rivals, their blood makes them a target; both must learn to be ruthless in order to survive.

"It is at this point we must await, eagerly, the next of Erryn Lee's admirable triptych of books."

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"To those already acquainted with the period, it will afford a fresh and enjoyable perspective and an exhilarating introduction to those new to the subject."

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"Those in search of thoroughly despicable villains need look no further for they will be spoiled for choice!"

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"Favourable comparisons will be made to Sharon Penman or Colleen McCullough for epic scale and grandeur."

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"Without a doubt, this book is awarded the “Highly Recommended” award and five stars."

— Historical Fiction Company

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About the author

About the author

Erryn Lee has spent most of her life between the covers of books, her love for historical fiction drew her to a career as an English and History teacher, where she enjoys sharing her passion for both language and the past with young adults (at least until she needs to give it up to write full time).

When not teaching or writing she is deeply immersed in research and studying her Masters in History. Erryn lives with her husband, a fluctuating number of horses and three bossy cavoodles on a horse farm in the picturesque central west of NSW, Australia.

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