2022 Chaucer Finalist for Early Historical Fiction
B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE
Gold Medal Winner 2021 Book of the Year Ancient World Coffee Pot Book Club
Silver Medal Winner Historical Fiction Reviewer’s Choice Awards 2021-2022 Reader Views
Politics and treachery threaten to end Nero’s reign before it begins, forcing him to turn to unexpected sources for friendship and help. Many of the Praetorian Guard have watched over Nero since he was a small child, and it is in Traian that the young Emperor places his trust, despite the inherent threat of reducing his mother’s influence. Traian is the father he never had and the one man who does not judge him.
When Traian secretly marries the hostage Vena, it sets in motion a collision of values as Traian comes to odds with his former charge. The whirlwind that follows will shake the very foundations of the greatest Empire the world has ever known, and survival is far from guaranteed.
Honorable Mention 2019 Book of the Year Historical Fiction Coffee Pot Book Club
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