On the Edge of Sunrise by Cynthia Ripley Miller
On the Edge of Sunrise
The Long-Hair Saga Book 1
When love commands, destiny must obey. Against an epic background and torn between duty and passion, Arria Felix, a Roman senator’s daughter, must choose between Rome’s decadent world and her forbidden
love—Garic, a Frank barbarian noble.
The year is AD 450. The Roman Empire wanes as the Medieval Age awakens. Attila the Hun and his horde conquer their way across Europe into Gaul. Caught between Rome’s tottering empire and Attila’s threat are the Frankish tribes and their ‘Long-Hair’ chiefs, northern pagans in a Roman Christian world, and a people history will call the Merovingians. A young widow, Arria longs for a purpose and a challenge. She is as well versed in politics and diplomacy as any man … but with special skills of her own.
The Emperor Valentinian, determined to gain allies to help stop the Huns, sends a remarkable envoy, a woman, to the Assembly of Warriors in Gaul. Arria will persuade the Franks to stand with Rome against Attila.
When barbarian raiders abduct Arria, the Frank blue-eyed warrior, Garic, rescues her. Alarmed by the instant and passionate attraction she feels, Arria is torn between duty and desire. Her arranged betrothal to the ambitious tribune, Drusus, her secret enlistment by Valentinian as a courier to Attila the Hun, and a mysterious riddle—threaten their love and propel them into adventure, intrigue, and Attila’s camp. Rebels in a falling empire, Arria and Garic must find the strength to defy tradition and possess the love prophesied as their destiny.
A Word from the Author
My connection to the past began with childhood visits to my ancestral home of Tuscany in Italy, but I never thought that my travels as a girl would one day lead me back in time to fifth century Rome and Frank barbarian France.
On the Edge of Sunrise tells an epic story of love in this fascinating, ancient world.
I became intrigued with late ancient Rome and the barbarian groups while teaching history. I discovered that fifth century Rome and France was an era of violent change, rich in drama, and ripe for storytelling. What a perfect setting for conflict, classic themes and an adventurous plot that stemmed from my roots. As a child, I heard stories from my family that pointed to a lineage that traced back into Italian history.
Like my heroine, Arria, seeking her own destiny after the death of her young soldier husband, a sense of purpose, love of history and interest in my roots propelled my writing in this historical and romantic direction, which I cannot fully explain but trusted and followed. Writing the Long-Hair Saga series has been an amazing journey and dream come true.
(Cynthia Ripley Miller, December 2017)
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Other Books in the Same Series
The Long-Hair Saga
Book 2: The Quest for the Crown of Thorns