It is 44BC and the rival clans of Rome are driving the Republic towards a violent, blood-soaked end.  The jealous Claudians covet the power of the Julians, who are kings in all but name.

A tiny infant utters the prophecy of a goddess.  If the darkly beautiful thirteen year old Livia Drusilla marries her bastard cousin, eleven year old Tiberius Nero, four great kings of Rome will spring from her womb.  Four great Claudian kings…

Livia and her child groom begin their star-crossed marriage, but scheming Livia has dangerous ideas.  She believes herself greater than the gods, and she doubts the interpretation of the prophecy.

When Julius Caesar is murdered the fortunes of the Claudians take a sudden, deadly turn.  The great patricians become paupers, and Livia and her husband must flee Rome or face being killed as criminals.

But Rome falls under the spell of Caesar's golden-haired nephew, Octavian.  The youthful dictator in the making offers Livia and her boy husband forgiveness.  Yet Livia sees more than the promise of mere forgiveness in Rome's most desired new man.  She sees Octavian as the true sire for her prophesised kings.  And she sees her own chance for power…

So begins a murderous tale of sex, corruption and obsession as Livia pursues her great destiny.

No crime is too shocking.  No sin is too low.  No evil is beyond her grasp.

Narrated by the 100 year old slave, Iphicles, and set in a time where no woman could hope to wield power, Den Of Wolves brings life to the legendary women behind the legendary men.  With ambition, beauty and cunning as their weapons, the women of Rome are history's unsung survivors.  Unsung until now…


Luke Devenish

Luke Devenish is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. He lives with his partner and pets in the historic town of Castlemaine, in the heart of the beautiful Goldfields region of Victoria, Australia. He is as passionate about gardening as he is about writing. Originally from Western Australia, he grew up in the Perth Hills where he attended Eastern Hills Senior High School.

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Series: Empress of Rome

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