• "Manda Scott has created a fictional universe all her own, but close enough to our reality for it both to warm and break our hearts. Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us"

    Val McDermid
  • "The best in the current crop of novels about Rome, its empire and its victims ... never sentimental and always tough-minded"

    Roz Kaveney, Independent
  • "Every so often, a book comes along that totally remoulds a historical figure for our own times ... massively impressive"

    Jane Jakeman, Scotland on Sunday
  • "A powerful novel, alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and the heroics of humanity"

    Jean M. Auel
  • "An extraordinary work ... exciting and intriguing, taking you into a world where unbelievable danger and cruelty sit side by side with magic, spirituality and profound human relationships"

    Jenni Murray