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The long awaited sequel to

The Light Bearer

(available now in a classic, quality paperback edition)

Lady of the Light

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". . . the pace is furious, the action ferocious and the suspense unrelenting."
— Publishers Weekly


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In Lady of the Light Donna Gillespie continues the epic saga of ancient Rome and Germania that began with The Light Bearer.

Auriane, the warrior daughter of a Germanic tribal chieftain, and Marcus Arrius Julianus, the Roman senator who served as advisor to four Emperors, have lived in tranquility for seven years on their opulent riverside estate, the grandest in all the Roman Province of Germania Superior. But the shadow of destruction lies over this beautiful, still world. Auriane's birth fate is poised to claim her, in a way that will brutally rend her family apart.

Without Julianus's knowledge, Auriane has become a traitor to Rome. Roman law forbids her tribe from possessing weapons of iron. But Auriane has been plundering Julianus's coffers for years, to provide her Chattian people with swords to arm themselves against a ruthless chieftain invading her lands from the north. When Auriane's crime is uncovered by a spiteful local magistrate who demands too great a price for his silence, she fears that her life and the lives of her family will be forfeit.

A loyalist of the Praetorian Guard who worships the slain Emperor Domitian's memory knows that Marcus Julianus's was the secret hand behind the plot to assassinate the tyrant. He lives for nothing else but to hunt Julianus down and destroy him. An aurochs hunt in the northern forest provides an ideal theater for murder.

Avenahar, Auriane's daughter by a Roman slave, tormented by those who would damn her for her origins, flees into the war-torn northern wilderness, sending Auriane on a harrowing hunt to find her before the forest slays her.

And Arria Juliana, Auriane's nine-year-old daughter with Marcus Julianus, becomes prey to a corrupt man's lust.

And dare Auriane turn her back on the fearsome tribal seeress Ramis, who summons her onto the most difficult path of all? Torn between two worlds, she must choose between her devotion to her family and the call of her people.

Auriane must become a warrior again.

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Still to come: the third volume of The Light Bearer trilogy.

  About the The Light Bearer
  "Throughout this monumental story, Gillespie constantly increases the excitement and intrigue. There are no flat passages in The Light Bearer, only a fast-flowing stream that erupts into a full-scale torrent at the book's conclusion. Let us hope we will see more from this sparkling new author."
-The Washington Post
  The Light Bearer - image from the German coverFirst century tribes of northern Europe fought to maintain their primitive accord with earth, sky, wind and spirits while ruthless Roman invaders plundered their lands, burned their villages, and kidnapped their young men for the imperial army.

When the Emperor Domitian crossed the Rhine with four legions in 83 AD, the north's hopes resided in a woman.

Auriane, daughter of a powerful barbarian chieftain, was the chosen successor of her tribe's most revered prophetess. But war and necessity impel her to take the oath of a shield maiden, and head her people's army in their doomed struggle against the brutal encroachments of the Roman legions. As the only world she's known collapses around her, Auriane is captured and taken to Rome--and into a life of horror and glory no seeress could have forseen.

Set against her story is the tale of a philosophically inclined Senator and nobleman, Marcus Arrius Julianus. Through wit, daring and skilled maneuvering, he strives to check the murderous whims of the increasingly corrupt Emperor Domitian. When Julianus realizes his efforts are doomed, he orchestrates a delicately balanced plot to assassinate the Emperor.

The Light Bearer is the product of twelve years of research into the history, culture and mythology of classical Rome and the proto-Germanic tribes.
  "An intriguing recording of everyday detail, national issues, and, more impressively, overarching influences of religion and psychology."
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