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The Quest for the Crown of Thorns

(The Long-Hair Saga #2)

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AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic's farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted, when a cryptic message arrives from Rome, calling Arria home to her father, the esteemed Senator Felix. At Arria's insistence, but against Garic's better judg ...more
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published June 12th 2017 by Knox Robinson Publishing
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Pamela Allegretto
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I haven’t read the first book in this series, Ms. Ripley-Miller wrote this second installment with a deft hand that made it easy for me to connect with the characters.
This expertly researched saga reveals an era that rarely appears in historical fiction: AD 454 Rome. Ms. Ripley-Miller skillfully weaves the food, clothes, and over-all living environment into a unique plot.
We like some characters and loath others; all are multidimensional and interesting.
Cathy
(3.5 stars) Having read and enjoyed the first book in The Long Hair Saga, I can reassure potential readers that The Quest for the Crown of Thorns can be read perfectly well as a standalone (although you’d miss a great story). In fact, it has a slightly different tone to On the Edge of Sunrise, with the mystery element much more prominent in this second book.

Readers of On the Edge of Sunrise will welcome the return of familiar characters whilst new readers will quickly make their acquaintance tha
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Mary Yarde
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Power, status, money, greed ~ there is nothing that cannot be bought and everything has a price. Yet some things cost more than others. If a man is willing to lay down his life or kill to possess an object, then that object must be very precious indeed.

Senator Felix is dying, but a silver blade can hasten ones departure to the promised lands. But before his past catches up with him, he sends his daughter, Arria, a letter, ordering her to come home at once, for there is a matter that acquires her
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Amy
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Quest for the Crown of Thorns is the second installment from The Long Hair Saga by Cynthia Ripley Miller. I believe this can read as a stand-alone. I have not read the first book of the series, On the Edge of Sunrise, and did not feel like I was lost, confused or missing anything. Though, I do hope to read it in the near future to see what happened in that book.
The Quest from the Crown of Thorns is a great book. This time period is not my favorite to read. The author did a great job keeping
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Laura Reading
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are often several factors why I enjoy a book, a few of those lead to considering it a really GREAT book that I have to tell others about. This book, and I am sure this series, falls into the category of books you MUST read and tell others about.
Some may think they are not going to care for a book with a religious theme or such a distant and less popular historical setting. We have to tell them to give it just a couple of pages to capture their imagination and soul. (Those of us less resis
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Diana
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I first read Cynthia Ripley Miller with On the Edge of Sunrise (The Long-Hair Saga #1) ." I was completely engrossed in the story and I loved the concept of stealing the "Crown of Thorns." For Christians there is no greater religious relic. In the second book " The Quest for the Crown of Thorns" there is no room for happily ever after, not even for our hero and heroi
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Ron Ganim
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally count historical romance in my preferred literary genre but I was captivated by “The Quest for the Crown of Thorns”. It’s as good an adventure as any Indiana Jones or James Bond tale. It takes place in 5th century Italy, a time little covered in today’s literature, and follows the mission of Arria, Garic, Vodamir and Basina to deliver a sacred relic to the emperor at Constantinople. Along the way (i.e. along the Appian Way, from Rome to Brindisi) they encounter thieves, villains ...more
Janet Souter
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An enthralling read--adventure, conspiracies, and unforgettable characters
Cynthia Ripley Miller has done it again. Another intriguing tale set during the upheaval of the Roman Empire. Arria, along with her husband Garic, are still devastated by her father’s brutal death, when they’re asked to undertake a dangerous mission transporting Jesus’ Crown of Thorns to its rightful place in Constantinople. Among those determined to steal the precious relic for themselves are her ex-husband Drusus, her ha
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Sanna Hines
What a joy it was to rejoin lovers Arria and Garic as well as friends Vodamir and Basina as they undertake one of Christianity’s most important missions: transporting the Crown of Thorns from Rome to Constantinople. Loss, revelation, plus enemies old and new bring intrigue and suspense to the journey. But as the group approaches the great city, thinking their task is nearly done, they discover the greatest challenges still lie ahead.

Research, writing, characterization and plot combine to make Qu
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Helen Hollick
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A matter so important it dare not be put to parchment calls Arria and her husband Garic from Gaul to Arria’s family home in Rome. When Arria answers her father’s summons, however, she learns he’s been murdered. A cryptic message was left in his hand. Additionally, a secret relic, the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus on the cross, needs to be taken to Constantinople, where it can be kept safe from Rome’s corruption. But a secret cult also seeks the relic, and old enemies wish harm upon Arria and Gar ...more
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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 w ...more

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