Left for dead in a cave in the Blue Mountains when she was two, Kannon Jarratt has no idea who she really is or why someone once tried to kill her. Now, twenty years on, Kannon is a fierce young woman trained in the martial arts and still dealing with her past. Through an accident of fate she discovers that her real mother may be US Time Marshal, Victoria Dupree.

Kannon travels back to ancient Rome where Victoria has been sent to investigate the Hierophant, the mysterious leader of the Isis cult. However, Victoria has disappeared, apparently taken by the man she was investigating. To find her mother Kannon must become a gladiatrix in the service of Domitia Crassus, the wealthiest woman in Rome and the only person who knows the Hierophant’s identity. As part of their contract Domitia agrees to arrange for Kannon to be initiated into the Isis cult by the Hierophant himself. As an added incentive Domitia gives Kannon a slave, Alexander, a young gladiator with attitude who becomes her greatest ally.

In the race to find Victoria, Kannon forces her way through a web of political intrigues, sensuous orgies and frightening mystical rituals. But all paths lead her to an epic battle to the death in the arena, watched by all of Rome. Kannon must survive, not only for herself but to save Victoria and Alexander.


Rhonda Roberts

Rhonda grew up in Western Australia and spent her holidays rambling around the state, in particular the ghost towns left over from the Gold Rush. This was to be the start of her interest in time travel... Rhonda has a PhD in Science, Technology and Society and was an academic for eleven years. She specialised in the formation of knowledge systems in different cultures and historical periods and performed fieldwork in Australia, the United States and in particular Japan, where she lived for three years. One of her long-held dreams is to make a documentary about the old trade route that ran between the pueblo people of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and the ancient empires of Central and South America. She is very interested in martial arts and trained in Aikido for four years in Japan and Australia. Rhonda lives in the Illawarra just south of Sydney with her husband. She loves bushwalking, playing with her two dogs and swimming in the ocean.

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