Relationships Between the Light in the Empire Novels

The Light in the Empire series follows the interconnected lives of four Roman families during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian when the Empire was at its zenith. Each can be read stand-alone. The nine novels of the series will take you around the Empire, from Germania and Britannia to Thracia, Dacia, and Judaea and, of course, to Rome itself.

You can start the series with any of the novels because they truly can be read independently. But since they share some characters, you might find it a richer experience if you’ve spent time with the characters in more than one story. Here are some lists that will let you see some of the relationships between the novels.

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The theme of all the novels: Remaining faithful to Jesus, even when that might cost everything, can change the world for those around us, even for people who might start out as our enemies.

The series tagline: Dangerous times, difficult friendships, lives transformed by forgiveness and love.

Timeline of novels

Year (AD/> Title Location
106 Hope Unchained Romania to Serbian coast and back
114 Blind Ambition Germany to Rome and back
114 The Legacy Rome to Greece to Turkey
122 Forgiven Israel (Galilee)
122 Second Chances Rome to Greece to Turkey
122 Faithful Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Rome
122-3 Honor Bound Rome, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany

The family relationships of the characters in the stories (listed chronologically)

Drusus family
Blind Ambition
The Legacy
True Freedom
Forgiven
Second Chances

Lentulus Family
Blind Ambition
Faithful

Crassus family
Blind Ambition
Faithful
Honor Bound

Aristarchus of Thessalonica family
The Legacy
Second Chances

Diegis/Leander and Ariana from Dacia
Hope Unchained
True Freedom

Brutus family
True Freedom
Faithful
Honor Bound

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