Daughters of Rome, Paperback Book
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This sweeping, powerful epic tells the story of one of the bloodiest years in Rome's history through the eyes of two remarkable women fighting for survival A.D. 69. The Roman Empire is up for the taking. The Year of the Four Emperors will change everything - especially the lives of two sisters with a very personal stake in the outcome.

Elegant and ambitious, Cornelia embodies the essence of the perfect Roman wife.

She lives to one day see her loyal husband as Emperor.

Her sister Marcella is more aloof, content to witness history rather than make it.

But when a bloody coup turns their world upside down, both women must manoeuvre carefully just to stay alive.

As Cornelia tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams, Marcella discovers a hidden talent for influencing the most powerful men in Rome.

In the end, though, there can only be one Emperor...and one Empress.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780755381029

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This novel tells the story of the Year of the Four Emperors, seen through the eyes of four women of a patrician family, all named Cornelia but given nicknames here by the author to distinguish between them.I have to admit that it took me some time to get into this book: I was reminded of a Roman edition of a glossy celebrity magazine at first, giving us all the lowdown on the latest gossip and fashion. The characters come across as shallow and one-dimensional, the style of Quinn's writing irreverent and occasionally flippant. The novel appears well researched, but initially wears its historical detail heavily on its sleeve. The novel starts to really come into its own when a bloody coup sees Otho declare himself emperor; the mob scenes are terrific and terrifying and quite violent. Where Kate Quinn excels in my opinion is the depiction of the political backstabbing and opportunism, the whispering campaigns, and the changing of loyalties in a trice when it most suited, often only implied, and I found the device of Lollia's marriages always reflecting the changing political climate very effective. I was glad to see some satisfactory character progression after a wobbly start, and I really came to care about them, even though I found the love stories just a tad contrived.If you're interested in this time period, you will find this a worthwhile account of a turbulent time in Rome's history.

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