A tale of love, power and intrigue from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.
Powerful, prosperous, and expanding ever farther into the untamed world, the Roman Empire has reached its peak under the rule of the beloved Emperor Trajan. But neither he nor his reign can last forever...
Brash and headstrong, Vix is a celebrated ex-gladiator returned to Rome to make his fortune. The sinuous, elusive Sabina is a senator's daughter who craves adventure. Sometimes lovers, sometimes enemies, Vix and Sabina are united by their devotion to Trajan.
But others are already maneuvering in the shadows. Trajan's ambitious Empress has her own plans for Sabina. And the aristocratic politician Hadrian—who is both the Empress's ruthless protégé and Vix's mortal enemy—has ambitions he confesses to no one, ambitions rooted in a secret prophecy.
When Trajan falls, they all will be caught in a deadly whirlwind that may seal their fates, and that of the entire Roman Empire...
In Quinn's epic, sexy romp the long-awaited sequel to Daughters of Rome young, gruff, and cunning Vix has returned to Rome to set about making a name for himself, beginning as a guard in the home of Senator Marcus Norbanus. Meanwhile, Norbanus's intellectual and independent daughter, Sabina, falls into a heated love affair with Vix, though Sabina eventually chooses to marry Hadrian, the tribune detested by Emperor Trajan but beloved by the emperor's wife, Plotina. Vix quickly rises in the ranks, finds favor in the eyes of Trajan after killing the king of Dacia, and marries, though the sexual tension between Vix and Sabina remains. After Trajan suffers a stroke, Plotina's manipulations secure Hadrian's ascension to the throne, making Sabina the reluctant empress. Despite their past quarrels, Hadrian makes Vix his personal guard, and he and Sabina resolve to defy the new emperor, the foreshadowed consequences of which point to the continuation of the series. Readers will delight in the depictions of historical figures like Hadrian and Trajan, as well as the engrossing and dramatic relationships that drive this entertaining story.