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Empress of the Seven Hills Paperback – April 3, 2012

Book 3 of 4 in the Empress of Rome Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425242021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect...Quinn handles Imperial Rome with panache."

"[An] epic, sexy romp—the long-awaited sequel to Daughters of Rome...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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“[An] epic, sexy romp—the long-awaited sequel to Mistress of Rome ....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.”
-- Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*)

“The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.... Quinn handles Imperial Rome with panache.”
-- Kirkus Reviews

Customer Reviews

By far one of my favorite authors!
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I cannot WAIT to read the next installment of this book and see what happens... Terrific read!
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It was an intensely personal recounting as well, each character well fleshed out.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Judith Starkston on April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kate Quinn knows how to serve up a full-flavored Rome with plenty of spice. Empress of the Seven Hills is the third of her books (Mistress of Rome and Daughters of Rome), although you can get by without reading them in order. They are all page-turners, lots of fun.

As usual with Kate Quinn's books, Empress is driven along by fully-developed characters. Her main heroine, Sabina, starts out interesting and keeps developing and growing. Quinn has a way of granting her central female characters the fate they work very hard to get, but then aren't the least sure they want once they gain it. Some of the book's characters are deliciously wicked, several decidedly lusty. She depicts intelligence with depth and perception. Her smart people aren't always likeable or good, but you admire their brains. The characters we like, and there are several, keep us rooting for them with increasing fervor, and sometimes things come out as we wish. 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. They kept surprising me.

Quinn is an excellent writer of dialogue. You get an intimate feel for her characters through their words. Vix, a physically commanding legionary soldier with an explosive temper, uses short, muscular expressions. Hadrian, who starts out a fairly likeable man but who increasingly reveals a cold stiffness, uses long, pompous sentences even in the middle of a military camp. Quinn chooses a contemporary idiom including the expletives you hear in 21st century America, but it works well. Quinn's dialogue never yanks me out of the past or jars me as inappropriate. I stay right there inside her characters in ancient Rome.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Dray on April 10, 2012
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Quinn specializes in irreverent, fast-paced romps through antiquity. In a literary world where historical fiction often takes itself too seriously, Quinn tends to underplay her more serious themes by thumbing her nose at reader expectation. Her smart-alec tone is perfectly suited to the story--that of a hellion-turned-legionary commander and the spirited but unconventional patrician girl he loves.

We expect these star-crossed lovers to be doomed by their difference in birth and any number of imperial laws and marital duties that are likely to keep them apart. But Quinn doesn't take the easy route in this romance. (Indeed, one questions if it really is a romance at all.)

Our scoundrel of a hero loves Emperor Trajan and his legion more than he loves anything. Our aloof heroine is so practical about the realities of life and so determined to be in possession of her own destiny, that love is always a secondary concern. Vix can be an arrogant, womanizing, narrow-minded killing machine, who often has to be guilted into doing the right thing. Sabina doesn't seem to have a sentimental bone in her body; the woman is made of iron.

They would be easy characters to dislike but they are each lovable in their own way. Vix is a sort of cheerful miscreant; he's a big trouble-maker with a warm fuzzy heart underneath it all. Sabina is oddly moved by duty, by loftier philosophical motives than she would admit.

Where our lovers are bonded most closely is not in their mutual affection for each other, but in their hatred for Emperor Trajan's successor, Hadrian, and in their abiding respect for Titus, the last honest man in Rome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole @ The Romance Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 17, 2014
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When you pick up a Kate Quinn book, you're sure to get a compelling story that's un-put-downable.

Vix, the son of Thea and Arius (Mistress of Rome), is now grown up and wants to seek his fortune in Rome. Along the way, he meets Sabina, Titus and Hadrian, and he couldn't have known the impact each would have on his life.

History is supposed to be dry, but Kate Quinn made Ancient Rome come alive with her vivid descriptions and awesome worldbuilding. Her characters are three-dimensional, unique and distinct from another. It may have helped that most are historical figures, but I still have to applaud her imagination in giving us characters who are sympathetic and who capture our interest long after we have reached the last page of the book. And make us want more.

Vix is a great character--irreverent, confident in himself, almost larger than life, even when he was a brash young man at eighteen. It was great to see him grow over the years into the man he became by the end of the book. Ooh, and is it any wonder I imagined Gerard Butler as Vix?

Titus is a surprising character, but quite likeable with his numerous quotes. Wonder if he is really like that in real life. He's also one who grew into himself by the end of the book, and it's great to see that though he became more confident and assured ten, fifteen years from when he first met Vix, at his core, Titus never really changed--still honorable, still a man of principle years later.

This book being historical fiction, with history having happened years before, there was really nothing Ms. Quinn could do to change the outcome of things.
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More 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 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.

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