Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Empress of Rome Series, Book Four
Genre: Historical Fiction
National bestselling author Kate Quinn returns with the long-awaited fourth volume in the Empress of Rome series, an unforgettable new tale of the politics, power, and passion that defined ancient Rome.
Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome’s brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix’s beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor’s latest obsession.
Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City...
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book tours for an honest review.
First, my review is NOT going to do "Lady of the Eternal City" by Kate Quinn justice. This was A-M-ZING. I was instantly captivated by Sabina, Hadrian and Vix! This might not be new to her faithful readers and fans but I'm often intimated by Historical Fiction, especially areas of fiction I am not familiar with. So when I start a book about ancient Rome I feel very lost or thought I would. The imagery and details are fantastic. I loved the way Quinn created the tension between Vix and Sabina even before they exchanged a word. I loved the little details that showed us how the characters were truly feeling even if their outward appearances dictated something different. How could they really express their thoughts? The ominous presence of Hadrian was terrifying yet worthy of respect. Hadrian alone is a terribly complex, multi-layered character. I hated and admired him in one sentence!
Because I'm not a historian I don't know how much creative license Quinn took with the time period. Vix and Sabina but I definitely loved her version of it and the characters. I was angry at myself for not having read the previous books in the series earlier. Nonetheless, new comers like me will be instantly hooked on Quinn's writing and storytelling and her loyal fans will undoubtedly stand up and applaud. Even though I hadn't read the previous books in the series I was having a serious case of book hang over. My only solice is that I have "Mistress of Rome" next to my bed stand ready to read until Quinn's next book. Fantastic reading, wonderful characters, Rome like I never thought of before!
Praise for Lady of the Eternal City“Quinn specializes in bringing the splendor of Britannia and Rome to readers. The tangled lives of her three-dimensional characters represent the entanglements of the Empire. She cleverly pulls readers into the complex relationships, and even more complicated history, while bouncing back and forth between viewpoints. This is a feast for historical readers.” - Romantic Times Book Reviews
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Titles in The Empress of Rome SeriesBook One: Mistress of Rome
Book Two: Daughters of Rome
Book Three: Empress of the Seven Hills
Book Four: Lady of the Eternal City
Praise for The Empress of Rome Series“Gorgeously wrought.”— C. W. Gortner, author of The Queen’s Vow
“Deeply passionate.”—Kate Furnivall, author of Shadows on the Nile
“[An] epic, sexy romp.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kate has succumbed to the blogging bug, and keeps a blog filled with trivia, pet peeves, and interesting facts about historical fiction. She and her husband now live in Maryland with a small black dog named Caesar, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.
For more information visit Kate Quinn's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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