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Sex, murder, corruption and intrigue at the dawning of the Roman Empire


It is 44 BC and the rival powers of Rome are driving the republic to a violent end. A soothsayer foretells that the young Tiberius Nero, if he is wed to his cousin, the darkly beautiful Livia Drusilla, will sire four kings of Rome. Fuelled by ambition, Livia devotes her life to fulfilling the prophecy. No crime is too great when destiny beckons. So begins a murderous saga of sex, corruption and obsession at the dawning of the age of emperors.

Narrated by the 100-year-old slave Iphicles, DEN OF WOLVES brings to life the great women of imperial Rome – Livia, Julia, Antonia and Agrippina – women who relied on their ambition, instincts and cunning to prosper. In this first book of the dramatic new series EMPRESS OF ROME, Luke Devenish superbly recreates these outstanding women who lived in such monstrous times.


Den of Wolves is an engaging examination of human nature and a genuine throwback to the good-old-fashioned scandal, sin and swords novel.

Independent Weekly

After writing for Neighbours Luke Devenish was hankering for some good old-fashioned depravity

Sun Herald

This is the first instalment of the series of novels which will boil all the pots of Roman villany, lust and betrayal.

West Australian

A thrilling tale of sex, murder and corruption, and a fascinating insight into the last days of the Roman Empire.

Sydney Star Observer

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 1, 2010

    Bantam Australia

    640 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    December 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    640 pages

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