On the Edge of Sunrise

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On the Edge of Sunrise (The Long-Hair Saga Book 1)

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...Definitely one for fans of the genre, but certainly worth looking at if you are not. A well-written historical romance that is accurate to the the time its set in....

Arria, noble daughter of a Roman Senator, is the widow of a Roman Captain slain in the wars with the barbarians. While on her way to meet with her new betrothed, an arranged marriage by her father, she is rescued from an assault by Garic, a Frankish warrior and his cousin Vodamir. Even though she is a noble born lady, she finds herself unable to prevent herself falling in love with the golden-haired warrior, and in turn, he finds himself torn in his love for her. But it is not an easy, or safe, love between them as they come from two different civilisations. Then there is the small matter that her future husband, Drusus, is the commander of the Cambrian area of Belgium and a cunning diplomat, who sees this as a stepping stone to power and a necessity for his own personal gain. When he finds out what lies between them, from his treacherous slave Marcella, he arranges for Garic and Vodmir to have an accident at the hands of Arria’s dead husband’s best friend, Severus. However, Severus has his own plans in mind and, instead of killing Garic and Vodamir, sells them as slaves to their bitter enemies the Huns, while returning with “proof” of their deaths. From this, Arria must learn to survive her husband’s machinations and desires for her, while Garic must wait as a slave until the time comes to seek his freedom and find her again. But not all is as it seems as Attila the Hun’s invasion of Gaul sweeps all before them.

With historical romances, the protagonists always seem either out of time, or the history seems wrong and I’m glad to say that neither of these things occur. Reading through this epic novel, it is good to see that some care and attention has been paid to the historical aspect of the novel and the care within which the story has been woven to make it part of the events that took place. That’s not to say it is just a romance, as there are several interesting twists and turns that appear through the book to complicate the lives of those mentioned.

The characters are a little basic in nature and follow fairly easy themes, either being in love and bearing the pain that can come with it, or lustful and deceitful, uncaring of those around but always seeking to use others for their own profit or to sate their desire. Only a few of them escape with more subtle nuance and motives. However, they are written well and do come to life through the pages, described clearly and allowing to us to understand their heartache and desires.

The plot of the novel, while simple, is well cast against the events that overtake it and it was quite enjoyable to see how the other people in the story have their own lives and schemes entwining the main protagonists and the impacts they can have, both small and large. And while, the events could also overshadow the story, an oncoming Barbarian horde invading the Empire, it keeps its place front and centre as the repercussions of their love affect the thoughts of those around. What I can say is that after a slightly slow start and once the pace picks up, I kept turning the page to see what happens next.

If you are a fan of the genre, this is definitely one you should want to read. Don’t be put off by the length of the story, there’s a lot in it, but the scope and breadth of the story being told need it.

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rz3300 (8 October 2016)
This sounds like a nice little historical story, and I must say that I probably do not get enough of those types of stories these days. It is just not something that you come across too often, so I am interested to see what this one is all about.

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