Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn

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While their story is essentially a romance, the backdrop of weighty historical events and fully drawn characters allows this novel to bridge genres.
-Historical Novel Society

Synopsis

From the national bestselling author of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome comes a tale of love, power, and intrigue spanning the wilds of the Empire to the seven hills of Rome.

Powerful, prosperous, and expanding ever farther into the untamed world, the Roman Empire has reached its zenith under the rule of the beloved Emperor Trajan. But neither Trajan nor his reign can last forever...

Brash and headstrong, Vix is a celebrated ex-gladiator returned to Rome to make his fortune. The sinuous, elusive Sabina is a senator's daughter who craves adventure. Sometimes lovers, sometimes enemies, Vix and Sabina are united by their devotion to Trajan. But others are already maneuvering in the shadows. Trajan's ambitious Empress has her own plans for Sabina. And the aristocratic Hadrian-the Empress's ruthless protégé and Vix's mortal enemy-has ambitions he confesses to no one, ambitions rooted in a secret prophecy.

When Trajan falls, the hardened soldier, the enigmatic empress, the adventurous girl, and the scheming politician will all be caught in a deadly whirlwind of desire and death that may seal their fates, and that of the entire Roman Empire...

 

About Kate Quinn

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Kate Quinn lives with her husband in Long Beach, California. She is the author of Mistress of Rome and Daughters of Rome. Visit her website: katequinnauthor.com.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Berkley. 510 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 20 2012

The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect..I, Claudius it’s not. Still, Quinn handles Imperial Rome with panache.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 06 2012

Readers will delight in the depictions of historical figures like Hadrian and Trajan, as well as the engrossing and dramatic relationships that drive this entertaining story.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Ann Pedtke

While their story is essentially a romance, the backdrop of weighty historical events and fully drawn characters allows this novel to bridge genres.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera on Apr 19 2012

Tipping the scales at 500 pages it was hard to put down as the excitement and intrigue just kept going, resulting in a cliff hanger ending...

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Diary of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 14 2012

Empress has all of the same elements that made Quinn's previous novels shine -it's tightly written, dripping with excellent historical research and has great characters that shine through on every page.

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The Incurable Bluestocking

Below average
Reviewed by Cass on Apr 25 2012

There are also, as there were in the other two books, issues of historical inaccuracy. This still sort of bewilders me; Quinn has clearly Done The Research in so many aspects...

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Judith Starkston

Good
Reviewed by Judith Starkston on Feb 15 2012

As with her other books, Empress is full of juicy relationships, both offbeat and more conventional. You won’t be able to predict the paths of this cast.

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Passages to the Past

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Apr 19 2012

No one does Ancient Rome quite like author Kate Quinn and her third novel, Empress of the Seven Hills, is yet another shining example of historical fiction done right!

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