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Empress of Rome (Rome 3) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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The sequel to the bestselling MISTRESS OF ROME, EMPRESS OF ROME is a dark, dazzling, brutal novel unveiling the heart of the Empire itself

About the 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 first got hooked on ancient Rome while watching "I, Claudius" at the age of seven. She wrote her first book during her freshman year in college, retreating from a Boston winter into ancient Rome, and it was later published as "Mistress of Rome." A prequel followed, titled "Daughters of Rome," and then a sequel written while her husband was deployed to the Middle East.

"I realized that my Roman legionary hero in `Empress of the Seven Hills' was fighting in the same part of the world where my US Navy husband was deployed. Life imitating art, or art imitating life? I have no idea!"

Kate is currently working on her fourth novel, set in the Italian Renaissance. She also 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1899 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755381041
  • Publisher: Review (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N6SVU0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

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This sequel to "Daughters of Rome" and "Mistress of Rome" covers about 15 pivotal years in the lives of 4 very different characters. They may span all walks of Roman life, from soldier to scholar and ex-slave to empress - but these four are linked by one common trait: they are determined to achieve a life that they are told they cannot have. Vix is the brash young boy of "Mistress of Rome," now grown to an even brasher young man climbing the ranks of the Roman legions, and not at all fazed by the fact that ex-slaves like him are not allowed to become generals. Sabina is a cool-headed patrician girl who would rather travel the world than settle down to be a wife and mother, and she works every angle she can to get the freedom she wants. Shy scholarly Titus just wants to be left to his books, and aloof Hadrian is determined to become Emperor Trajan's heir, but fate has different plans for both of them. These four characters and more will criss-cross through Rome from the city streets to the outer edges of the empire; battles, earthquakes, campaigns, rebellions, political backstabbing and personal betrayals all form a sweeping backdrop to a deeply personal story. Vix is a lout, but a lovable lout capable of both passion and heroism, and Sabina by contrast is an aloof and unconventional heroine; their romance is anything but conventional as they join, part, join again, part again in an eternal clash of passion versus duty. Hadrian is enigmatic - good guy or bad guy? It takes a while to find out - and the odious Empress of Rome nearly steals the show as a Machiavellian schemer who thinks she's a goddess. The novel ends on a dark cliffhanger: Quinn has clearly set up the sequel for some of the smaller characters in "Empress of the Seven Hills" to be come very important characters indeed in the history of Rome during the reigns of the next two emperors.
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I adore Kate Quinn's unparalleled ability to transport a reader back to the deceit, brutal fights and depravity, unashamed decadence and sneaky politics of an ancient empire. I was really looking forward to reading the third book in her Rome series after adoring the previous two, and I have to say that I love the cover for this one as well- very glamorous and eye-catching.

In this book we are reunited with Vix, an ex-gladiator with powerful ambitions to rise upwards in the Roman legion and Senators daughter Sabina. Against a backdrop of a Empire that seems to have reached its peak, Vix and Sabina encounter an ambitious, manipulative empress who will stop at nothing to ensure that her beloved and aristocratic Hadrian becomes the next Emperor...

It was enjoyable catching up with characters that I have grown to love in previous books- particularly Vix and Sabina. The characters are all very well-drawn and believable and I particularly liked the honourable Titus and Sabina's younger sister Faustina and how they grew as characters through the novel. Empress or self-styled 'Mother of Rome' Plotina was very well depicted too, and though utterly crazy was excellently written and I really enjoyed reading about her.

For me, spirited female characters who know their own minds are always great to read about and Sabina was certainly one of those, with her ambition and strong sense of adventure, particularly at a time when the lives of young women were supposed to take a very different path. Though I didn't always agree with Vix's actions which could be somewhat questionable at times, he certainly made a fascinating protagonist too and between he and Sabina, the pace of the plot was constantly ratcheted up a notch.
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I loved the Mistress of Rome, but this book was disappointing. The first half was extremely slow-moving and the characters aren't very likeable. The plot got more interesting in the second half of the book, but the ending was weak and made me dislike the characters. It leads onto the next book in the series, but I won't be reading it.
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By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
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This is the third historical fiction book in the Rome series by Kate Quinn.

This novel focuses on the reign of Emperor Trajan and covers a period of fifteen years. The emperor's niece, Vibia Sabina longs to see the world and has not forgotten her first love, the former gladiator Vix, who returns to Rome to seek fame and glory as a soldier. Their romance is interrupted by her marriage to the emperor's ward, the ambitious Hadrian, but they are always united by their mutual love for Emperor Trajan, their friendship with the kind and honest Titus and their duty to Rome. Like the two previous books in the series, this one is about strong, independent characters, who are trapped in a world of political ambitions, plotting, and prophesies, and have to fight for their happiness, even though fate doesn't always grant them their dreams.

The atmosphere is great, as Kate Quinn once again creates an amazingly vivid background enriched with details of everyday life in Rome, descriptions of the military campaigns and the life of soldiers while at war, as well as details of the customs, appearance and architecture of all the Roman provinces that Sabina visits. Historical detail is excellent, and even though there are some inaccuracies, the author has used this fascinating period of Roman history, with all the scheming, passions and battles, to create an excellently written, fast-paced, captivating novel. Although not all characters are likable, as all good stories need their villains, they are all very well developed. Also, some of the main characters from the previous novels,
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