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Roma Mater

(The first book in the King of Ys series)
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Book one of the King of Ys series: Blending fantasy, history, and adventure, the epic story of Ys begins as the Roman Gratillonius finds himself thrust into the highest seat of power

In the waning days of the Roman Empire, Magnus Maximus sends his prefect Gratillonius to western Gaul and the faraway land of Ys, a place shrouded in legend and ruled by a cruel and tyrannical king. When the sovereign challenges Gratillonius to a duel, the envoy from Rome emerges victorious and claims the throne as the new king of Ys, inheriting a land whose religion, culture, and history are entirely foreign. He also gains the former king's nine wives, the Gallicenae, a powerful group of women to whom he must appear equally devoted despite his growing feelings for one in particular. As he adjusts to his new role as ruler of Ys, Gratillonius must fight to keep his strange new country on its feet while the rest of the Roman Empire begins to crumble around him.

Roma Mater is the first book in Poul and Karen Anderson's King of Ys series, which continues with Gallicenae.

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Paperback Editions

April 1988 : UK Paperback

Title: The King of Ys: Roma Mater
Author(s): Poul Anderson, Karen Anderson
ISBN: 0-586-07341-8 / 978-0-586-07341-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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December 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The King of Ys: Roma Mater
Author(s): Poul Anderson, Karen Anderson
ISBN: 0-671-65602-3 / 978-0-671-65602-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Roma Mater: King of Ys Book 1
Author(s): Poul Anderson, Karen Anderson
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK