The Roman Empire is deadâ€”long live theÂ church of Rome! A new series of historical thrillersÂ introduces the most compelling anti-hero since FlashmanÂ 609 AD. Rome is torn apart by war, plague, and internal power struggles between the emperor, the aristocracy, and the church. Into this morass stumbles the young and handsome Briton Aelric. His father was murdered, his inheritance was stolen, and he was forcibly separated from the woman he lovesâ€”now he is determined to win back all that he has lost. Through his naivety and ambition, he unwittingly becomes involved in a heretical plot that will lead to fraud, high treason, and murder. The first in a searingly sharp trilogy,Â this adventureÂ takes readersÂ back to one of the darkest and least known periods of history.