Lady of the Light is a continuation of the saga begun in The Light Bearer. Seven years have passed. Auriane's life has been an idyll by a river; she he lives in tranquility on the grandest estate in all the Roman province of Germania Superior, along with celebrated Roman statesman Marcus Julianus and their daughters, Arria and Avenahar.
But Auriane finds she cannot turn her back on her beleaguered Chattian people. A local Roman magistrate begins to suspect that Auriane is behind a vast smuggling operation whose purpose is to arm the Chattians — and he is poised to betray her. And Marcus Julianus is ruthlessly hunted by a man loyal to the tyrant Domitian, who knows that Julianus's was the secret hand behind Domitian's assassination — and he is determined to destroy Julianus for murdering his Lord and God. Auriane's elder daughter Avenahar, whose heart and mind are with her mother's people, cannot bear it when she learns who her true father is — and she flees into the wilds beyond the Roman frontier to join a band of Chattian forest fighters, thus sealing her fate. And Auriane's younger daugther Arria has excited the lusts of the disreputable Roman magistrate, who is poised to seize the maid he believes is his by right. Throughout, Auriane feels the powers of a seeress stirring in her, and knows the land is calling her home — but she cannot bear the thought of separating herself from Marcus and her children. But now her birth fate is poised to claim her, in a way that will rend her family apart.
"This is historical fiction for adrenaline junkies; the pace is furious, the action ferocious and the suspense unrelenting." — Publishers Weekly
"Gillespie has a real sense of time and place … all the cruelty, passion and treachery that we expect from Rome and her people come alive in Lady of the Light, the long-awaited sequel to The Light Bearer. This is an expertly paced page-turner from one of history's most exciting chapters." — Fresh Fiction.