AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic’s farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted when a cryptic message arrives from Arria’s father, the esteemed Senator Felix, calling them to Rome. At Arria’s insistence, but against Garic’s better judgment, they leave at once.
On their arrival at Villa Solis, they are confronted with a brutal murder and a dangerous mission. The fate of a profound and sacred object—Christ’s Crown of Thorns—rests in their hands. They must carry the holy relic to the safety of Constantinople, away from a corrupt emperor and old enemies determined to steal it for their own gain. But a greater force arises against them—a secret cult who will commit any atrocity to capture the Crown. All the while, the gruesome murder and the conspiracy behind it haunt Arria’s thoughts.
Arria and Garic’s marital bonds are tested but forged as they partner together to fulfill one of history’s most challenging missions, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns.
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The Quest for the Crown of Thorns is the second installment from The Long Hair Saga by Cynthia Ripley Miller. I believe this can read as a stand-alone. I have not read the first book of the series, On the Edge of Sunrise, and did not feel like I was lost, confused or missing anything. Though, I do hope to read it in the near future to see what happened in that book. The Quest from the Crown of Thorns is a great book. This time period is not my favorite to read. The author did a great job keeping my interest and want to continue turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. What a wonderful story full of action, adventure, suspense and romance! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. The Quest from the Crown of Thorns is a well-deserved five star read. I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
I don’t normally count historical romance in my preferred literary genre but I was captivated by “The Quest for the Crown of Thorns”. It’s as good an adventure as any Indiana Jones or James Bond tale. It takes place in 5th century Italy, a time little covered in today’s literature, and follows the mission of Arria, Garic, Vodamir and Basina to deliver a sacred relic to the emperor at Constantinople. Along the way (i.e. along the Appian Way, from Rome to Brindisi) they encounter thieves, villains and schemers but also nobles and servants of great character. The story evolves from northern Gaul to Lucca in today’s Tuscany and winds through Rome and Brindisi and (by sea) to Constantinople, the seat of the Roman empire. Ripley Miller delves into the intrigue of a decaying empire threatened by barbarians and places her story on top of the actual historical record. That’s what I like the best about her writing: it is a way to explore a fascinating history while immersed in the intrigue provided by her characters and their adventures. Clearly written, imaginative, historically accurate and, at times, remarkably sensual, you won’t soon forget this amazing story.