Into the Realm of Time
A Novel of the Fourth Century Roman Empire
by Scott Douglas Prill
Known for his ferocity in battle, Roman General Marcus Augustus Valerias has long served as a formidable enforcer for the emperors. But in the year 372 AD, when the Roman Empire is at the cusp of its great decline, the General contemplates a different future.
Tired of the savage brutality and endless warring, Valerias dreams of a simpler and less violent way of life. His changes in behavior are obvious to the legions surrounding him. When an attempt to die in battle goes awry and he encounters a young orphaned child, Valerias knows it’s time to make a change.
After freeing the Christian priest he’s been holding prisoner, Valerias washes his hands of his military role and embarks on a journey to Britannia to make a new life for himself.
The General soon finds his life more complicated than he ever expected. He becomes entwined in the troubles of a widowed queen, a dangerous Roman army deserter, and two ruthlessly ambitious Hun brothers as they struggle with love, power, greed, religion, and the demons of their pasts. The results culminate in an explosive battle between two powerful armies—the effects of which serve as only a temporary ripple in the relentless passage of time.
5 out of 5
I was a little hesitant going into this – it sounded interesting, but I was worried it would end up being dry. But this – this was something else. Prill has such a unique style. This wasn’t like watching a movie or reading a book – it was like stepping through a portal to another time and watching everything as both a third party observer and as the General. The descriptions are so vivid you can see, heart, feel and almost smell everything. Before I knew it I was past part one, and not ready to put the book aside for even a brief break. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, (not romance), you’re going to fall in love with this book!
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About the Author
Scott Douglas Prill was born in Iowa and received a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1977. Scott has worked as a limnologist and environmental consultant for the past thirty-seven years, career choices that reflects his strong interest in natural resources. He currently resides in Bayside, Wisconsin, with his wife Marcie. Scott enjoys spending time with their three adult children and writing. Into the Realm of Time is his debut novel.