(From the publisher):
Flavius Silva is one of the Roman Empire's proudest sons. A great general, popular with his troops, he is no stranger to the violence of battle, or the enjoyment of wine, women and song. He leads his war-hardened men from the front, and is happy to find himself in the province of Judea, far from the decadence and politcal intrigues of the Roman Court. For months, Silva has beseiged the last stronghold of Jewish resistance at Masada. But when at last the fortress falls, victory is hollow. The Jews have cheated Silva of his glory by killing themselves. An unaccustomed depression descends on the general, but is suddenly relieved by the arrival of the Emperor's daughter Domittilia, whom Silva had last seen, and befriended, as a child. Now, she is very much a woman and she brings to Silva's life an overwhelming joy - and a desperate danger. Illicitly, but with passionate intensity, they fall in love. And when Silva joins the princess in Rome, he must step into a political war every bit as dangerous as the one he has just fought. For Domittilia's two brothers are feuding for the succession to the throne, and Silva must take a decisive part in their dynastic struggle. The stakes are higher than ever before in Silva's life...and there can be no second chances.
Original title: The Triumph
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome