Beckoned by the Emperor Valerius, Crispin, a renowned mosaicist, has arrived in the fabled city of Sarantium. Here he seeks to fulfill his artistic ambitions and his destiny high upon a dome that will become the emperor's magnificent sanctuary and legacy.
But the beauty and solitude of his work cannot protect him from Sarantium's intrigue. Beneath him the city swirls with rumors of war and conspiracy, while otherwordly fires mysteriously flicker and disappear in the streets at night. Valerius is looking west to Crispin's homeland to reunite an Empire – a plan that may have dire consequences for the loved ones Crispin left behind.
In Sarantium, however, loyalty is always complex, for Crispin's fate has become entwined with that of Valerius and his Empress, as well as Queen Gisel, his own monarch exiled in Sarantium herself. And now another voyager – this time from the east – has arrived, a physician determined to make his mark amid the shifting, treacherous currents of passion and violence that will determine the empire's fate.
Original title: Lord of Emperors
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Alternate and Parallel Worlds