Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn

01_Lady of the Eternal City
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Berkley Trade

Formats: eBook, Paperback

528 Pages

Series: Empress of Rome Series, Book Four

Genre: Historical Fiction

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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...
Five Stars
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 Series

Book 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)

About the Author02_Kate Quinn Author

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages.

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.

Lady of the Eternal City Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 2

Spotlight at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, March 3

Spotlight at Historical Readings and Reviews

Wednesday, March 4

Review at Back Porchervations

Thursday, March 5

Review at The Maiden's Court

Friday, March 6

Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes

Monday, March 9

Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Review at The Mad Reviewer

Wednesday, March 11

Review at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, March 12

Spotlight at The Lit Bitch

Sunday, March 15

Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, March 16

Review at Just One More Chapter

Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, March 17

Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Wednesday, March 18

Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Monday, March 23

Review at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, March 26

Review at Book Nerd

Friday, March 27

Review at Unshelfish

Review at Genre Queen

Review at Let Them Read Books

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

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