Six months after the events of Soldier of Raetia, the 24th is summoned on campaign with Rome's most famous general: Drusus Germanicus, the stepson of Augustus who will stop at nothing to subjugate the north. Dardanus and Valerian, after spending the winter isolated from the outside world, now find themselves facing the realities of their relationship: while Valerian tries to reconcile public duty and personal feelings, Dardanus struggles with his multiple roles and his admiration for two very different leaders. Drusus' ambition will call everything Dardanus and Valerian have chosen into question, until both begin to wonder if love is worth the risk, and what price they will have to pay.
- The careful sense of fragility [Domin] works into her characters' relationships feels very genuine. Recommended — Historical Novel Society
- Heather's descriptive nature passages [are] reminiscent to me of Bryher in her Roman Wall: A Novel — Goodreads reader Jane
- The amount of research put into this is just astounding. It is so great to see an m/m book with so much research and careful writing behind it! — Goodreads reader Rosie