I received this ARC from Netgalley and Atlantis Ink in exchange for an honest review.
In the aftermath of Jesus’ execution a sect called Dominium Dei (Rule of God) has arisen to fill in the void left behind in the first church. Lead by the mysterious Chiron, the order is dedicated to establishing Christianity as the state religion of the Roman Empire. The problem is, Rome already has a religion, Cesar. He has declared himself Lord and God of the empire and there is no room for any other gods.
Athanasius is a playwright, known to be an atheist, who pushes the envelope of what is acceptable in society. He somehow finds himself accused of being Chiron and is launched smack dab into the middle of one of the greatest conspiracies of his age.
I’m innocent. I’m not that villain Chiron. I’ve never killed a man, or torched a public building, or committed any crime of any kind!
I found our unwitting protagonist to be well-written and his internal dialogue one of the best parts of the novel. Who is trying to kill him? Cesar? Dei? Is there a difference?
No wonder old John’s Book of Revelation had Jesus standing outside the Church, knocking on its door. The Church was probably the last place on earth anybody would find Him.
This was a fast-paced, page turner that I finished in about a day. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.
Expected Publication: May 16, 2017