In the early days of the Roman Empire, the noble Etruscan civilization in Italy is waning, Vesi, a young Etruscan noblewoman, is violated by a renegade supernatural being. Outcast then from Etruria, Vesi bears Horatrim, a child who carries inexplicable knowledge and grows to manhood in only six years. But a savage Roman attack leaves Vesi unresponsive and Horatrim homeless and vulnerable, and he travels to Rome where his talents confound powerful businessman Propertius, who arranges to adopt Horatrim as a son, changing his name to Horatius.
And all the while his demon father is seeking him to kill him, for Horatius is a conduit through which the demon might be found and destroyed.
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Silent, deadly, and immense, they came whispering out of the bright sky with talons extended. By their unnatural size and behavior he recognized the great while owls for what they were: minions of the dark goddess.
Praise for Etruscans
“Interesting...gripping historical fantasy.” —Science Fiction Chronicle
“Historical writer Llywelyn and noted fantasist Scott evoke a vivid sense of time and place as she tells a story of a young man's struggle to balance his human and demonic nature while achieving a sense of his own unique identity . . . . Gracefully told.” —Library Journal-