About the Books
Rome in the first century A.D. saw the corrupt and bloody reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, as well as the Year of the Four Emperors. It also saw the rise of Vespasian, the destitute son of a provincial senator who brought peace to the empire after years of strife, court intrigue, and murder. Written from the perspective of Caenis, a female slave who was Vespasian’s forbidden love, the future emperor advances in his climactic struggle for power. But as Vespasian brings hope to the people of Rome…he brings only despair to the one woman who loves him most.