The story goes global with this brilliant follow-up to ROMANITAS...
Three years after a conspiracy against his life forced him into hiding, the young heir to the throne Marcus Novius must take command of the greatest power on Earth. But his ambitious cousin Drusus - spurred on by a riddling Sybilline prophecy - threatens this last chance to avoid a world conflict and Una, a former slave whose love for Marcus seems out of place at the Roman court, is drawn into the political intrigue and a dangerous enmity.
Though many of Marcus' friends and supporters are scattered, he can rely on the driven, sharp-witted Una, her idealistic brother Sulien, now working to relieve the suffering of slaves and Varius, wounded and disillusioned by the past but still committed to the vision of a better Rome.
But even these three will find their lives at risk and their loyalties tested...
McDougall's dystopian vision is rendered all too convincingly, with the singularity of empirical power causing world-wide chaos - SOUTH WALES ARGUS
...some very intelligent thinking... enjoyable smart yarn with some real sense of human pain - TIME OUT - Roz Kaveney
MacDougall has created a workable and believable alternate history .. and has written a tense political thriller that I thoroughly recommend. - HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW