Celtic warrior blood flowed in her veins, but as a gladiatrix-slave in Londinium’s arena, Rhyddes was nothing more than a wild thing in a gilded cage. Yet though her Roman masters owned her body, she swore that none would claim her soul. How was it, then, that Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, noble son of the Roman governor, could make her yearn for things beyond her reach? Famed as “The Eagle,” Aquila preferred the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics–and the raw power and grace of the flame-haired Rhyddes to the simpering wiles of Rome’s noblewomen. And when dark designs for power threaten to ensnare the two of them in a plot to overthrow Caesar himself, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart…and the empire to which they both owe allegiance.
What an awesome book. Just a heads up this book is for a mature reader. So for people at least 16 years and older. Perhaps even for 18 year olds and older. My friend picked this book out for me and what a wonderful impulse buy. I am doing a major in Classical Studies and just finished my course in Roman Civilization so I really appreciated all the history in the book. The plot was wonderful. The narrative alternated between several characters in the book and it did not make the book hard to read at all. At some points you have to question who was speaking but it wasn’t too difficult to follow. Also the narrative would change within a chapter but had its own paragraph so it isn’t hard to see a narrative shift. Both Rhyddes and Aquila are enjoyable characters to follow. Rhyddes at times would be a bit annoying because she wouldn’t let anyone explain and she would just jump to conclusions. At times Aquila was annoying because when he was needed he wouldn’t man up in fear of the repercussions. Many of the characters grow in the book which is wonderful to see. It’s an exceptional forbidden love story. I would recommend this book to those who appreciate ancient roman civilization, romantics, and to those who like good fiction.