On the Edge of Sunrise (The Long-Hair Saga #1) by Cynthia Ripley Miller

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On the Edge of Sunrise (The Long-Hair Saga #1)
by Cynthia Ripley Miller

Publication Date: March 23, 2015
Knox Robinson Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 309 Pages

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When love commands, destiny must obey.

The year is AD 450. The Roman Empire wanes as the Medieval Age awakens. Attila the Hun and his horde conquer their way across Europe into Gaul. Caught between Rome’s tottering empire and Attila’s threat are the Frankish tribes and their ‘Long-Hair’ chiefs, northern pagans in a Roman Christian world, and a people history will call the Merovingians.

A young widow, Arria longs for a purpose and a challenge. She is as well versed in politics and diplomacy as any man … but with special skills of her own. The Emperor Valentinian, determined to gain allies to help stop the Huns, sends a remarkable envoy, a woman, to the Assembly of Warriors in Gaul. Arria will persuade the Franks to stand with Rome against Attila.

When barbarian raiders abduct Arria, the Frank blue-eyed warrior, Garic, rescues her. Alarmed by the instant and passionate attraction she feels, Arria is torn between duty and desire. Her arranged betrothal to the ambitious tribune, Drusus, her secret enlistment by Valentinian as a courier to Attila the Hun, and a mysterious riddle—threaten their love and propel them into adventure, intrigue, and Attila’s camp. Rebels in a falling empire, Arria and Garic must find the strength to defy tradition and possess the love prophesied as their destiny.
My Review:
Four Stars
 Copy Received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
When I started "On the Edge of Sunrise" by Cynthia Ripley Miller I was instantly engrossed in the story and captivated by the characters.  Arria was a worthy heroine and one that I liked instantly and was interested to see how her story would progress.  First, Arria was a great heroine. I loved her courage and strength when she had to come face to face with the difficult choices ahead of her.  Garic was her equal as a hero. He was a perfect match and at times adversary for Arria. The time period was intriguing. The historical time period of the Huns and at the same time the conflicts with the church sparked a great backdrop to the already existing tension between Arria and Garic.  Miller's pacing of the story was fantastic, she transitioned with ease and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, how the heroes would come together.  I definitely had book hangover after reading this story but luckily it is the first in series.  I'm looking forward to the next one in the series and highly recommend this story of love and adventure. 

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Praise

"From cover to cover a gripping read – in all senses of the word! Grips your interest and imagination, your held breath and your pounding heart! A thumping good novel!” - Helen Hollick, USA Today bestselling author & Managing Editor Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews

"AD 450. The Roman Empire is breaking apart, and Attila the Hun has his sights set on conquering Gaul. … The love story between Garic and Arria is set against a background of fierce battles, intrigue, jealousy and betrayal. … The story weaves, twists and turns at a tremendous pace, and the characters leap off the pages, which simply keep on turning. This is the author’s debut novel, the first in her ‘Long Hair’ series. I look forward to reading more in due course. Recommended. - Marilyn Sherlock, Historical Novel Society, HNR Issue 74 (November 2015)

"On the Edge of Sunrise is a compelling epic, sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction. Forbidden love, a turbulent time period, and world-changing events combine to produce a real page-turner.” - India Edghill, author of Queenmaker, Wisdom’s Daughter, and Delilah

"On the Edge of Sunrise is a passionate and intriguing take on the often overlooked clash of three brutal and powerful empires: the Romans, Franks, and Huns. A Compelling read!” - Stephanie Thornton, author of The Secret History and The Tiger Queens

About the Author03_Cynthia Ripley Miller

Cynthia Ripley Miller is the author of On the Edge of Sunrise, the first novel in the Long-Hair Sagas, a series set in Late Ancient Rome and France. She has lived and travelled in Europe, Africa, North America and the Caribbean, taught history and currently teaches English. Her short stories have appeared in the anthology Summer Tapestry, The Scriptor, and at Orchard Press Mysteries.com. Cynthia writes a blog, Historical Happenings and Oddities: A Distant Focus. She lives with her husband, twin cats, and German Shepherd in a suburb of Chicago.

For more information visit http://www.cynthiaripleymiller.com. You can also connect with Cynthia on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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