By Donna Gillespie
Auriane, warrior maiden of the Chattian tribe, was once sworn to take away the cursed Romans from the lands of the Rhine. Then destiny intervened: she was once captured, delivered to Rome in chains, and knowledgeable to struggle within the arenas as a gladiator - simply to fall in love with a Roman aristocrat, Marcus Arrius Julianus, and turn into his wife.
Marcus and Auriane have lived in tranquility for years yet, with no his wisdom, Auriane is a traitor to Rome. Plundering her husband's coffers for almost a decade, Auriane has supplied her individuals with adequate wealth to arm themselves. Now, Auriane's betrayal has been stumbled on, and if her duplicity reaches the Roman professionals, her existence - and the lives of her kin - could be forfeit.