The Quest for the Crown of Thorns
The Long-Hair Saga Book 2
AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic’s farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted, when a cryptic message arrives from Rome, calling Arria home to her father, the esteemed Senator Felix. At Arria’s insistence, but against Garic’s better judgment, they leave at once.
Upon their arrival at Villa Solis, they are confronted with a brutal murder and the dangerous mission that awaits them. The fate of a profound and sacred object–Christ’s Crown of Thorns–rests in their hands. They must carry the holy relic to the safety of Constantinople, away from a corrupt emperor and old enemies determined to steal it for their own gain.
But an even greater force arises to derail their quest–a secret cult willing to commit any atrocity to capture the Crown of Thorns. And all the while, the gruesome murder and the conspiracy behind it haunt Arria’s thoughts.
Arria and Garic’s marital bonds are tested but forged as they partner together to fulfill one of history’s most challenging missions, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns.
A Word from the Author
The Quest for the Crown of Thorns is the second book in my Long-Hair Saga. It seemed only natural that a couple who had survived battle, prejudice, and dangerous politics would bond together, especially because they are in love and for Garic, my story’s hero, it was love at first sight when he saw Arria, the heroine. I love adventure, romance mixed with a pinch of spice, mystery and suspense. In this second quest, they must team together to accomplish a mission, solve a murder, and fight against an evil that would destroy their happiness.
In AD 451, Arria Felix, a Roman senator’s daughter and secret courier for the emperor Valentinian, helped Rome defeat Attila the Hun at Catalaunum. Now three years later, in the aftermath of this bloody battle, she has married her once forbidden love, Garic the Frank, and lives with him on his farm, Wild Honey, in the rolling hills of northern Gaul (France).
When an unexpected and urgent letter from her father begs she return to the family home in Tuscia (Tuscany), she and Garic arrive at Villa Solis only to discover that a horrific murder, a cryptic note, and a mission of profound magnitude awaits them.
Thrown into a world of lies, revenge, and a vengeful cult, Arria and Garic vow at all costs to find the killer and deliver Christ’s Crown of Thorns to the Great Church in Constantinople.
(Cynthia Ripley Miller, December 2017)
Other Books in the Same Series
The Long-Hair Saga
Book 1: On the Edge of Sunrise