Iras of the Empire
Lynne Bergero, author
The novel IRAS OF THE EMPIRE tells the story of one woman’s quest for the source of power and peace in a dangerous world. An orphan from a Nubian family, Iras becomes handmaiden to Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate. Yet the villas and palaces of the prefect of Rome are no refuge from the casual brutality of the empire and the capricious dance of power between the spirits and the priesthood, the prophet and the king. Jerusalem, Meroe, Ephesus. Pilate, Herod, and John. Cybele, Hathor, and Artemis. Joanna, Philip, and Demetrius. Jesus, Paul, and Timothy. Iras’ past collides with her future, and she faces a life altering decision as the tension between the silversmith she loves and the defenders of a mysterious new faith erupts into a firestorm.