From Darkness: A Novel of the Ancient Roman World (Republic’s End Book 1)

“…skillfully manages an extensive and diverse cast of characters to illuminate a complex, multicultural Roman world… A lavishly detailed, character-driven tale” – Kirkus Reviews

In the first century BC, under the backdrop of actual historical events, a series of characters from all walks of life struggle with their circumstances:

– Their old life destroyed, a young Numidian and his nephew sign up as auxiliary archers for the Roman legions and ship out to Hispania
– Their homeland overrun, the fierce Celtic men and women warriors of a small clan of the Gallic Aedui nation see Caesar and his legions as their last hope
– A young freed-woman in the Italian countryside needs her brother the most when he’s fighting for the Ninth Legion in Gallia
– Julius Caesar’s early personal life and history are the anchor for various converging storylines

As destinies interweave with the Ninth legion’s history, the need for community and belonging unites people across different cultures.

Author’s Notes:
– Includes graphic descriptions of violence
– No graphic sexual content
– Includes LGB characters
– Though Caesar and his personal history start this book and anchor the series, he is not the main focus

Amazon Reviews:

A good read! I was fascinated with the details of life in the Roman times…. the mechanics of how the Roman Legions lived and traveled, the politics. I especially liked the details of the moving city that traveled with the Roman Legion. I hope there is a sequel with some of the same characters and story lines. I thoroughly enjoyed them. – Bill Smith

I really enjoyed this book. A novella, first in the series. Encompassing several story arcs coming together in exciting fashion. Ruppelt manages to balance exciting character development with historical content. Viewing the story through the eyes of the characters and what is actually happening at the same time. The book contains lovely maps and other diagrams to help explain war tactics. Something I really love in books. I recommend this book to anyone looking for some good storytelling. Whether you’re a Roman empire buff or not. – David Vaughan

This is my first historical novel, but the book never reads like a history lesson. Instead it is a compelling storyline, that makes the book hard to put down. It is a lot of fun to bring into focus many details about the period and lives of our distant relatives, but its the characters and story that keeps you turning the pages. The book is chock full of rich characters, some of whom you know go on to greatness, but for now you get to know them before history steps in, a great writing technique and thrill for the reader. Whether you are a fan of historical novels, or not, add this one to your reading list. – scott ketterer

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