Nest of Vipers: Empress of Rome Book 2

Rome is bathed in blood because the Emperor Tiberius is suffering from drug-fuelled terrors of treason. The blameless are butchered whereas the responsible do evil in darkness. None are guiltier than the Emperor's dedicated and deluded 'son,' Sejanus. during this urban of poison 3 appealing girls are locked in a deadly contention. Agrippina—driven mad with grief, her obsession with revenge for her murdered husband imperiling the lives of her young ones. Apicata—robbed of her eyes and embittered in her center, she schemes within the shadows to empower the husband who despises her. Livilla—sensual and sly, she is gripped through a lust for a lover as lethal as he's fascinating. 3 girls. One target. Who may be Empress of Rome? relocating stealthily between them is Iphicles, arch schemer and slave, whose haunted middle is lightened through the eunuch Lygdus, his prepared apprentice in homicide. With paralyzed Livia now a helpless captive to her slave, it's the repellent brat Little Boots' flip to benefit from prophecy. yet as Iphicles' lethal plan to enthrone Little Boots unfolds, Livia struggles secretly in the direction of restoration with the aid of the sorceress Martina. Rome is a nest of vipers, and Livia, the single precise Empress of Rome, is hell bent on wreaking her vengeance.

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Livilla may possibly basically stare on the fallen girl in incomprehension. 'Why make your self identified to me? Why flaunt your crafts via giving me the reflect as an obscene reminder of what you probably did to my baby? ' 'To exhibit you that Veiovis is a two-faced god,' acknowledged Aemilia easily. 'The blind girl summoned a deity who delights in deceit, and she or he is a idiot for it. I made a curse pill for her less than duress. Now enable me make one for you. permit me promise you that the powers I summoned for the puppy Apicata should be not anything to the powers I summon on a patrician woman's behalf. ' Livilla stared at her in worry. Then she twitched the clutter curtain to deal with the lictor maintaining again the pedestrians. 'Take us to the Aemilii. ' Neither lady acknowledged one other note during the fast trip. Neither girl took her eyes from the other's soft, highborn face. Summania June, advert 20 One week later: the insurgent military of the nomad Tacfarinas resumes hostilities in Numidia, raiding villages and looting broadly The day used to be hot however the flesh on Livilla's palms rose as though she have been chilled. She clutched her summer time cloak approximately her shoulders, pulling the collar of it as much as press opposed to her hair. She took a breakthrough, after which one other, forcing herself to courageous the ascent up the damp, moss-covered stairs. She glanced in the back of her, catching eyes together with her eunuch the place he waited within the sq.. She glared at him tough. 'Do now not circulation! ' she hissed. 'Do now not circulation an inch till I go back for you. ' She became to seem upwards back, and the malevolent temple loomed excessive ahead of her, vile and foreboding, shrouded in shadow on its densely wooded hill. The sunlight hadn't touched the temple's doorways in all of the centuries it had stood during this position, blocked from the rays through glowering, guarding oaks. The stale, dank constitution was once older than Rome, a relic from Etruscan occasions, just like the sinister god it housed. Sly Veiovis loathed all that was once mild. The deity of deception demanded that his acolytes worship him in mire. 'Please welcome me, darkish god,' Livilla whispered, taking care with each one tread at the slimy, asymmetric steps. 'I am new on your domestic however the want i've got in your love is superb. Please welcome me, Veiovis . . . ' She felt the little bag that was once slung at her shoulder, and the 3 priceless items inside. She touched them contained in the tender leather-based, reassured by way of their goal. She could input this darkish position. She may rattling the whinge blind girl to hell. free masonry shifted below her foot and she or he misplaced her stability, falling ahead with a cry to crack her knee at the blunt step part. discomfort shot via her limb like a spear thrust. She attempted to upward thrust, however the anguish of it used to be worse than childbirth. 'Veiovis,' she gasped. 'Admit me, foul god . . . ' The looking at eunuch within the sq. didn't circulation. A wind gust whipped the canopy from Livilla's head, making a choice on her lengthy, black hair from its pins and tossing it into her eyes, shrouding her. The great, iron door creaked inwards within the draught, exposing the temple's maw. yet not anything may be obvious within.

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