“What if Rome never fell?”
The first book in a planned series, Divine by M.J. Woodman is set in an alternative reality where the Roman Empire never fell. Present-day Appia, real-world North America, fractured by a mythical war in recent history has been divided into five Imperial fortress states.
On the cusp of womanhood, Electa faces an uncertain future in Latia, the capital state in Appia. Feeling suppressed by her society’s rules and expectations, she rebels quietly in the only ways she knows how – drinking, smoking, fighting, and partying. Her youthful but futile resistance cannot last for long. Her seventeenth birthday looms and with it, the Choosing. This rite of passage promises wealth and happiness for a chosen few but Electa, as a plebeian faces an almost certain fate – expulsion from her Haven and homeland.
Electa’s fate takes an unexpected turn when, against all the odds, she is Chosen to compete in Imperial Panore, a once in a generation event to find a wife for the future Emperor. But when a mysterious terror organization, Spartaca, recruits her to bring down the Empire from the inside, she must learn to adapt to the politics and power her new life brings. To win the competition, she must first seduce the Prince, and future Emperor, Asher Ovicula. Then she must defeat the other competitors in a series of brutal gladiatorial games. Why did Spartaca choose her? The truth will change Electa’s world forever.
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