68 ad. The Roman Empire has swallowed most of Europe. There are pockets of resistance… but nowhere, no one, is safe. Refugee. Slave. Queen. Mederei, eldest daughter of the fallen war-queen Boudicca, fled north with her sister to continue the fight for British freedom. But nowhere is safe from Rome. Now she must fight for her life for the amusement of her enemy. Soldier. Hostage. Prince. Adalbern, a proud Batavian, serving in the Roman auxiliary, lived by their rules. But no one is safe from Rome. His people scattered and his nephew held hostage in Rome itself, he is now nothing more than a glorified prisoner. It’s life or death both in the arena and out for Mederei and Adalbern as they try to survive and save their people.
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