Under the orders of Centurion Caius Bracca, Marcus Livius has led his band of Romans on an expedition to find a hidden civilization of immense riches, facing countless dangers and losing many of his men along the way. But when he finally reaches the distant land of Niangara, his arrival is not one of conquest: a world of slavery, madness, and shamans' spells awaits him. A world of death.
King Edward of England is dead. Edward's son Harold, one of the potential successors, renounces his oath to yield the throne to William of Normandy. From that day forth, William will have no peace until his rightful claim to the throne is acknowledged. As the famous Halley comet soars across the heavens, giving rise to much speculation among the scholars of the time, William, Duke of Normandy, launches into the arrangements for the conquest that will change the face of England -- one of the most formidable military expeditions History has ever seen. This is a tale of ambition, broken oaths, battles, love, death and glory.
There was a time when certain mortals could become gods. At this time, two thousand years ago, men would pass into legend by risking their lives to entertain the crowds; famous charioteers who, perched on their chariots like Apollo, would fight for their lives and their honor in the arena. This is the story of one of those heroes: Aelio Hermeros, perhaps one of the greates chariot riders of all time. He was a mortal immortalized in the memory of those who saw him compete, who witnessed his defeats, his victories, his blood spilled and, most of all, his glory.
Twelve years have gone by since the tragic day when Aelio's father was killed during a chariot race. The young man has sworn to himself that he will not share his father's fate. But fate has its own ideas for Aelio... Whether he likes it or not, he seems to have inherited the family gift for training horses. His talent in this domain leads him to Rome colosseum. In honor of his father. And for the glory of those defeated!
As Aelio heads north, the shadow of his nemesis hangs over him. Up there, far from the land of his childhood, he'll have to compete in the most dangerous race of his life. This is the only way for him to truly bring glory to his name... and to carry out his revenge...
The shadow of Nemesis weighs heavily upon Aelio as he rides North. There, far from his native soil, he will have to take part in the most dangerous race of his life. This is the price he must pay to restore glory to his name... and to have his revenge.
Constantinople, 1097. As Black Liv leads the Holy Militia deeper into Turkey, he must contend with lords above his station quarreling over glory and the spoils of war, as well as the treachery of Basileus Alexios Komnenos. Meanwhile, Hermance, coming back into his full powers as a healer and miracle worker, saves the life of Tafur Princess Istvana when the Militia is forced to take a perilous route through the Taurus Mountains. Will the Princess' love for both men drive them apart when their armies need them most, at the gates of the daunting and impregnable city of Antioch?
When former Roman soldier Marcus Livius is arrested in Egypt, starving and half mad, he is swiftly accused of desertion and murder. He denies the charges and embarks on an incredible tale... His story begins with the discovery of a body surrounded by documents written in an unknown language, as well as spectacular jewels and other items all suggesting the existence of a rich and powerful civilization previously unknown to Rome. Under the orders of Centurion Caius Bracca, Marcus decides to desert, and along with nine other men begins a secret expedition to find this unknown land. What will they discover... and how many will survive?
1960: Katanga breaks away from the Republic of Congo-Léopoldville to become its own republic, backed by the UMHK, a Belgian mining company. When the UN sends in its peacekeeping forces, the UMHK responds by hiring its own mercenaries. Amidst this chaos, $30 million in diamonds goes missing, only to turn up with a man named Charlie at a refugee camp nicknamed "Camp Cannibal." Soon enough, everyone's after the diamonds: hard-bitten French mercenaries, hateful former Nazis, adulterous mining executives, greedy Katangan officials... and Charlie's sister. It's everyone for themselves in a mad scramble of double-crosses, a scathing cross-section of human venality.
Antioch has fallen, betrayed by one of its own. Still, times are dire for the occupying crusaders, caught between forces holding out in a citadel at the heart of the city, and a new Turkish army outside its gates, outnumbering their own forces ten to one. Plague and starvation whittle down their numbers, but Hermance is of no help: the light of his holy healing gift seems to have been doused by his affair with the Tafur princess Istvana. Jealousy consumes Black Liv while his captains Bohemond and Raymond of Toulouse quarrel over spoils. What miracle will save the day?
Plundering, ransoming, and warring, the Frankish lords make their way to Jerusalem, the City of Kings, even as the terrible love triangle between Hermance "Devil-Foot" Languedolce and Karlis "Black Liv" continues to torment the three of them in different ways. "We are each with the one we love most," the Tafur Princess Istvana tells Black Liv. "I with Hermance, and you with God." But will this truth prove more than Karlis' black heart can bear? Will it drive him to sacrifice the very reason he has come all this way: to take back the Holy Sepulcher from the Muslims?
Rome, 145 CE: Cassio, a prominent lawyer who once saved the Emperor's life, wakes in the night to noises. Four assassins have entered his villa and overpowered his formidable slave, the warrior Alva. He seems to know them, and knows why they have come... Ephesus, present day: archeologist Ornella Grazzi finds a ruin with a fresco of Cassio's face. The papyrus scrolls inside tell the beginning of a story she has long suspected and been searching for clues to all her life: how Cassio survived his own assassination and came back from the dead for vengeance...
Wounded during the successful rebellion at the Niangara mines, Marcus falls into limbo. When he finally awakens from his poison-induced hallucinations, the legionary discovers much has changed during the two years he was in the Land of the Dead. The expedition was successful: his team of Romans discovered the great hidden city of the land of Niangara. Now the Nubian Lion has an even greater challenge ahead of him: he must undergo a brutal ritual in order to earn his throne and win the heart of his queen.
France, 1076. Hermance Languedolce, a child with miraculous healing powers, falls in with religious rebels and is branded a heretic. Hideously tortured, he summons a miracle and saves himself, only to be taken in by kind gypsies. When fearsome warrior Karlis Oresund is converted to Christ, he too receives a miraculous ability to sense evil. Entering the service of Bohemond of Taranto, he sets forth on a crusade to the Holy Land, conscripting Hermance by force along the way. Hermance can't or won't remember his powers, but can Karlis bring them out of the scarred young man?
Having found the first of Cassio's four assassins, archeologist Ornella Grazzi attempts to solve the mystery of the second. And as she pieces together tantalizing fragments of historical evidence, she learns of Cassio's forbidden love for Oasis, virgin priestess of Apis. But why has Cassio traveled to Antioch? Why is he bent on discovering the secrets of its citizens? In the present day, a break-in at the university lab leaves a technician dead and Ornella's findings missing. Could this be the work of the enigmatic Lucas Tanhauser, the older gentleman who has insinuated himself into Ornella's life?
The mystery of Cassio's assassins draws Ornella ever deeper into a world of danger and deception. Her assistant Yani is found murdered. The elderly Maria, housekeeper to the enigmatic Tanhauser, begs her trust, but withholds as much information as she gives. Meanwhile, in the Alexandria of antiquity, Cassio comes the closest yet to getting his revenge on Livion, but his plan threatens to fall through at the hands of the beautiful and tormented Antinoé, the most famous and influential prostitute in the city. What does she know about her master Marcion's plan to subvert the Roman Empire by means of religion?
Minister Munongo is onto the wily Orsini and his scheme to fence $30 million in missing diamonds to a Belgian mining executive. The pressure's on in the Katangan capital, forcing the cunning former spy to use every last trick up his sleeve just to survive. But out in the jungle, things aren't any better for Cantor and his mercenary crew. Their diplomatic mission-a cover to get the diamonds-takes them ever deeper into hostile tribal territory. In the crucible of violence, character is revealed. In this second volume, Nury and Vallée display a masterful understanding of the villainous psyche.
Cassio tracks the sinister High Priest to his Temple of the Sands in the middle of the desert, only to find himself bested by the High Priest's disciples, who share Cassio's powers but are better trained to control them. It's up to his slave Alva to save him from near death, with help from a mysterious stranger who turns out to be... Cassio's mother! Reveals and reversals abound as, in the present day, Ornella Grazzi finds the fourth murderer, and the origin of Cassio's powers is brought to light in this thrilling conclusion to the first arc of the historical adventure series.
Archeologist Ornella Grazzi may have discovered the identities of Cassio's four murderers, but as intrigue and deception thicken around her, she's realizing just how much she has yet to learn about the life and mysterious powers of the Ancient Roman physician and lawyer. But with her double-crossing assistant shot dead, and now a handsome police detective as well, who can she trust? She'll need to find someone to turn to, and fast, as she dives deeper into Cassio's world to find out why his lover Antinoë betrayed him, and discover the full potential of the strange powders he stole from Egypt...
Cassio may have the ear and favor of Emperor Antoninus, but it's made him more enemies than friends: his aunt's former lover, the Praetorian guardsman Erytheos; the powerful Senator Lernus, father of Cassio's childhood enemy Livion; and even Cassio's faithful former slave Alva. Once she's freed, she joins a plot to take down the very emperor Cassio is trying to save. But Cassio isn't all alone. He's reunited with an old flame, the Apis priestess Oasis. With their rekindled passions, Cassio's magic powders, and the ability of Oasis to see the future, will they triumph over Rome's many traps and betrayals?
Archeologist Ornella Grazzi doesn't know what to expect when she finally meets with the mysterious man who's summoned her to Paris. Billionaire Jon Vegham seems to be playing a complicated game of cat and mouse with her as he doles out clues not only about Ornella's mother and her death from cancer, but also about Cassio, the potentially immortal Roman whom mother and daughter alike were researching. Meanwhile, in ancient Rome, new information about Cassio's own mother, the goddess Armahl, brings him into conflict with his lover, the beautiful priestess Oasis, and his nemesis, the vengeful Egyptian priest Reptah.
A string of beautiful women gruesomely murdered. A cardinal slowly dying from poison in the Vatican. Deranged painter Vali Tesio leaves a trail of brutality across Europe in his quest to draw Jon Vegham from hiding. But just as archeologist Ornella Grazzi finds a mysterious resemblance between the reclusive billionaire who's just hired her and the age-old mummy she's been studying, she receives a call from Maria, the kindly nun who once saved her life: Jon Vegham is not to be trusted! The roots of these feuds and enigmas go back to ancient Rome, and Cassio's struggle against his lifelong enemies.
In this riveting series finale, Tesio, the prophesied child of two ancient Egyptian deities, has recovered his mother's body from the Louvre and wrested the fourth canopic jar from the convent at Monsarmat, leaving a bloody trail of corpses in his wake. Only one man stands any chance of stopping his mad rise to power: his half-brother Cassio. But since Tesio's poison has stripped him of his immortality, Cassio's going to need a lot of help. From the beautiful young archeologist Ornella Grazzi; from his recently resurrected mother, the goddess Armahl; and from the unlikeliest of sources: his mortal enemy, the monstrous Reptah.
The year is 1934. Rasputin holds the reins of government. When the Czar is mortally wounded in an ambush, the mad monk turns to his Council of Dark Mages and his former mentor, Baba Yaga. Together, they concoct a plan that involves trench warfare mechas, mind-to-mind transfers, and the long-lost heir to the Romanoff throne: Kyril Noskov, a hero of the war that's been raging since 1914, to which generations of Russian youth have been sacrificed. Roulot and Rodier's reimagining of a Russia that never was blends science fact and dark fantasy into a spellbinding fable of the price of power.