When love commands, destiny must obey. The year is AD 450. The Roman Empire wanes as the Medieval Age awakens. Attila the Hun and his horde conquer their way across Europe into Gaul. Caught between Rome’s tottering empire and Attila’s threat are the Frankish tribes and their ‘Long-Hair’ chiefs, northern pagans in a Roman Christian world, and a people history will call the Merovingians.
A young widow, Arria longs for a purpose and a challenge. She is as well versed in politics and diplomacy as any man … but with special skills of her own. Emperor Valentinian, determined to gain allies to help stop the Huns, sends a remarkable envoy, a woman, to the Assembly of Warriors in Gaul. Arria will persuade the Franks to stand with Rome against Attila.
When barbarian raiders abduct Arria, the Frank blue-eyed warrior, Garic, rescues her. Alarmed by her instant and passionate attraction, Arria is torn between duty and desire. Her arranged betrothal to the ambitious tribune, Drusus, her secret enlistment by Valentinian as a courier to Attila the Hun, and a mysterious riddle—threaten their love and propel them into adventure, intrigue, and Attila’s camp. Rebels in a falling empire, Arria and Garic must find the strength to defy tradition and possess the love prophesied as their destiny.
About the Author
Cynthia lives with her family, her cat, Romulus, and Jessie, a German Shepherd, in a suburb of Chicago.
Table of Contents
Prima Lux: First Light
Chapter One - Terra Aliena: Foreign land
Chapter Two - Nox: Night
Chapter Three - Cui bono: Whom does it benefit?
Chapter Four - De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum: Let Nothing But Good Be Said Of The Dead
Chapter Five - Infra dignitatem: Beneath one’s dignity
Chapter Six - Divide et impera: Divide and rule
Chapter Seven - Cave Felem: Beware of the cat
Chapter Eight - Errare humanum est: To err is human
Chapter Nine - Re Vera: In Truth
Chapter Ten - Promitto: I promise
Chapter Eleven - Fortes fortuna iuvat: Fortune favors the brave
Chapter Twelve - Frigida Solaque: Cold and Alone
Chapter Thirteen - Castra Attilae: Attila’s Camp
Chapter Fourteen - Medica: The Healer
Chapter Fifteen - Magnum Opus: A Great Work
Chapter Sixteen - Per Ardua Ad Astra: Through Hardship to the Stars
Chapter Seventeen - Praemonitus praemunitus: Forewarned, forearmed
Chapter Eighteen - Dum Spiro Spero: While I breathe I hope
Chapter Nineteen - Nil Sine Numine: Nothing Without Providence
Chapter Twenty - Amor vincit omnia: Love conquers all
Chapter Twenty-One - Alea iacta est: The Die is Cast
Chapter Twenty-Two - Esto Perpetuum: Let It Be Everlasting
Chapter Twenty-Three - Ex animo: From the heart
Chapter Twenty-Four - Lapsus linguae: A Slip of the Tongue
Chapter Twenty-Five - Tempus omnia revelat: Time reveals all
Chapter Twenty-Six - Qualis vita, finis ita: As the life, so the end
Chapter Twenty-Seven - Dum vivimus, vivamus: Let us live while we live