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Summary

Four emperors. Two friends. One destiny. 

As twilight descends on the third century AD, the Roman Empire is but a shadow of its former self. Decades of usurping emperors, splinter kingdoms and savage wars have left the people beleaguered, the armies weary and the future uncertain. And into this chaos Emperor Diocletian steps, reforming the succession to allow for not one emperor to rule the world, but four. 

Meanwhile, two boys share a chance meeting in the great city of Treverorum as Diocletian's dream is announced to the imperial court. Throughout the years that follow, they share heartbreak and glory as that dream sours and the empire endures an era of tyranny and dread. Their lives are inextricably linked, their destinies ever-converging as they rise through Rome's savage stations, to the zenith of empire. For Constantine and Maxentius, the purple robes beckon.... 

©2020 Gordon Doherty (P)2020 W F Howes

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engaging read

as an avid reader of roman historical fiction I was totally captivated by this collaboration of authors. I have read books by both authors so I looked forward to reading this. I like the fact it was a period I know little about so each chapter was something new. I look forward to the next book