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Daughters of Rome (The Empress of Rome #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,284 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
A.D. 69. The Roman Empire is up for the taking. The Year of 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 ra ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Ivana S.

As I expected, this was a great read. I simply couldn't put it down, it got me hooked at the opening line and I really enjoyed every minute of reading this amazing book. I liked everything about Daughters of Rome, just as I liked everything about Mistress of Rome.

Daughters of Rome is a wonderful mix of well-developed characters, very interesting plot, historical events in ''The Year of Four Emperors'', political intrigue, romance, fights, great descriptions of life in ancient Rome and really, r
May 03, 2011 C.W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit, I'm a sucker for almost anything set in ancient Rome. The tumult, the marble, the breastplates, the decadence - it all fascinates me. And when I started reading Kate Quinn's DAUGHTERS OF ROME, I expected to be drawn right in; after all, it doesn't take much for me.

What I did not expect to be as enthralled as I am; not only does Ms Quinn's second novel (her first is the bestselling MISTRESS OF ROME) brim with witty dialogue and marvelous descriptions, but her four women protagonist
Stephanie Dray
For readers used to a Julia Quinn-style Regency tone, this novel would make a good introduction to more serious ancient historical fare. We do manage to secure happy-ish endings for most, if not all, of our heroines. But the light touch is deceptive.

While the snarky tone of the writing and the scenes of privileged noblewomen fussing endlessly over weddings and clothing might give the impression that this is a fun romp through ancient Rome, beneath the glossy surface is novel that tackles some ve
Nov 16, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughters of Rome is definitely a fun read with prose that flows so naturally you easily breeze through it. Once I got sucked into the lives of these four women I could not wait to read what happened next. Political upset, seduction, romance, betrayal..loved it!
Ben Babcock
I have had Kate Quinn’s debut novel, Mistress of Rome, on my to-read shelf since January 2010! And I totally forgot about it—this is why I love my to-read shelf. I don’t remember how I learned about it, so it’s serendipitous that I found Daughters of Rome, which has whet my appetite even more for Mistress. I saw this book on the “New Books” shelf at my library and decided to “give it a chance”. That’s a code phrase for “I’m not really sure I’ll enjoy this, but it is within my sphere of interest” ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys historical fiction/Ancient Rome
Shelves: rome-greece
Another great and well researched read by Kate Quinn. I did find this one a little hard to get into at first, but what things got rolling it picks up! It is set again in Rome, about 20 or so years ahead of Mistress of Rome, and involving many of the character we meet there, and setting up different events and experiences. It's placed in a tumultuous period of Roman history where in a 12 month period 4 emperors came into power, with 3 loosing their life in the struggle.

Again we're greeted with a
Paula Patience
Apr 04, 2011 Paula Patience rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of historical fiction/romance
Shelves: goodreads
Won as a Goodreads First Read. First off, I was a history major, so I love fiction based in ancient history. This novel does a great job of immersing the reader in the nuances of daily Roman life without coming across as grandstanding (I hate when authors throw nifty facts at me for the sake of showing off their research skills). The casual references to menu, dress and customs are seamlessly incorporated into the flow of the narrative and don't feel forced at all.

Quinn maintains an energetic pa
Cheryl A
Jul 02, 2012 Cheryl A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly good read for me...I am not a big fan of historical fiction set in ancient civilizations as I often get confused by all of the, well, history. Author Kate Quinn did a wonderful job of telling her story about the Year of Four Emperors, which I knew nothing about, without getting too bogged down in the politics.

The story is told through the voices of the Cornelias - two sisters and two cousins - and the effects of the turmoil on all of them. Cornelia the eldest is married t
Jenny Brown
I read this after reading Lindsey Davis's wonderful book, The Course of Honor, which covers similar territory. Compared to that book this one was just okay.

The author is a good story teller--after the first few chapters which seemed dull and left me wondering what the book was going to be about. But the real problem for me was how anachronistic so much of it felt.

The characters' language is full of very recent slang--slang that if you read it in a contemporary novel would define a character as
Mar 28, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read Kate Quinn's debut, Mistress of Rome, last year and found it an extremely enjoyable read, so I'd been looking forward to her follow-up ever since and snapped it up as soon as it was released. Daughters of Rome is based on real events (in this case the Year of Four Emperors), but unlike Mistress, which had one central character, it takes a more sweeping, politically orientated view of the time it depicts, with the focus on four cousins who become entangled in these events. These women are ...more
This second installment in Kate Quinn's Rome series far outstrips its predecessor ("Mistress of Rome"), and that is saying a great deal! Once again the reader is immersed in the vivid color and life of ancient Rome as seen through the eyes of a group of people around whom the warped fate of the Empire revolves. As with the previous book, the language was occasionally too modern for the setting, but Quinn's style is so smooth that the mental speed bumps are easy to move on from.

If there is any si
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Daughters of Rome was an excellent read. I'm a huge fan of books set in ancient Rome and Kate Quinn really captured my attention with this book.

This book is about four women all different from one another. They all intrigued me in their own way and nobody is really what she seems at first because due to events happening in this book they all quite change.

I liked all main characters and I found myself liking one character but disliking her in the next few chapters. But my favorite of the four w
Charity U
Apr 07, 2011 Charity U rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
:P :( Okay, I said I finished it, but actually I stopped 1/2 way through. Let me back up...I won this book from I love the cover and the plot sounded wonderful! I know a few of you have thought the same. Well, I think that the story would have been great. For that matter, I think it _was_ great, BUT unfortunately, the book is packed with kissing and, well, the step beyond kissing. The chapters were really long, which I don't mind, but I think it definitely could have been done wit ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Daughters of Rome" is a prequel to the fabulous "Mistress of Rome," but it's not necessary to have read one to enjoy the other. There are some overlapping characters but the stories are very different: whereas "Mistress" was a violence-driven whirlwind of a plot, "Daughters" is a more political, intrigue-laden story. The rise and fall of 4 Roman emperors is seen through the eyes of four upper-class young women, and their own fortunes rise and fall just as quickly and unexpectedly as their polic ...more
"'Things have changed, Cornelia. This isn't Rome anymore, not the Rome we know. The kingmakers rule this Rome.'"

Daughters of Rome is the story of four women from the Cornelii clan who survived the Year of the Four Emperors.

Unlike Mistress of Rome and Empress of the Seven Hills, “Daughters of Rome” is written exclusively in third person. Reading this book right after “Empress of the Seven Hills”, I found this odd. None of the women in the book seemed to outshine the other, there were no clear h
Lauren Murphy
Apr 21, 2012 Lauren Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
An astrologist reads into the future of each of the four Cornelii girls; sisters Marcella and Cornelia and their cousins Diana and Lollia. He envisions one of the young women to become the empress of Rome and to have blood on her hands, he also foresaw 11 marriages in total.

Set in Rome A.D 69, approximately 20 years prior to Kate Quinn’s first novel, Mistress of Rome, it delves into the year that four emperors ruled. Each of the sisters are well developed and I could relate to each of them in di
I fell in love with how the author brings parts of Rome to life. I love Rome. It's enchanting. Ms.Quinn brought such life to my memory of the Forum and Circs Maximus and Palatine Hill. The way she wrote abut the vendors at the Forum was simple but made the memory of the ruins in my head spring to life-and I truly enjoyed the mental pictures.
The story is based a lot in fact, which I enjoyed.
As for the main characters some of them I liked, soe not so much. Not because they were villians (i love
Dec 08, 2014 Marie80 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderfoul!!!!
Навистина прекрасно!!!
Won this on goodreads firstreads!

I was pretty excited about this book and I enjoyed the Roman history in it. The only problem was toward the middle it all became about who was sleeping with who. None of the scenes was too explicit which I appreciate, it just became the only focus for a bit which I didn't care for. Great beginning and great ending.
May 03, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I wasn't sure what to expect exactly, but the concepts seemed interesting - four girls, all related, try to survive and thrive in the chaos of ancient Rome. It was actually the last line in the synopsis that caught me: "In the end, though, there can only be one Emperor...and one Empress."

The names were a little confusing at first - all four girls are named Carnelia, with a surname of their order (Prima, Secunda, Tertia, and Quarta), but three of them have
Mar 28, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kate Quinn is on her way to becoming the best ‘All-That's-Ancient-Rome’ historical fiction writer ever. I loved reading her first book: Mistress of Rome- never read anything like it before-Fabulous (read that review here).

In this year’s novel, Daughters of Rome, Quinn brings us into the lives of the four 'Cornelias'. Patrician nobility at its best, the young women take us through a roller coaster of emotions as they live in splendour, grandeur as well as gruesome tragedy. Such young lives (the e
Judith Starkston
The Feminine Side of Rome

Typically historical fiction set in ancient Rome focuses on senators, military geniuses, mad emperors, and a lot of blood. Daughters of Rome has six emperors (It takes place largely in the year of four emperors—then add in Nero and Titus mentioned in the beginning and ending portions.), chariot races and battle scenes, but much more predominantly it has four women of the patrician family of the Cornelii. These women, who have four profoundly different approaches to livin
Sofia Grey
Feb 28, 2012 Sofia Grey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the prequel to Mistress of Rome, a book that I found myself glued to. I had high hopes for this one too… and thankfully was not disappointed.

DoR follows the fortunes of the 4 Cornelias: 2 sisters (Cornelia and Marcella) and their cousins (Lollia and Diana). Rome is going through troubled times – the year of 4 Emperors and the girls lives – and loves - are overturned.

Cornelia is happily married to Piso and excited about her role as the future Empress of Rome when Piso is named as Emperor
Stephanie Judice
Quinn is masterful in DAUGHTERS OF ROME. I actually enjoyed the way I felt almost tricked into loving one of the most immoral characters, Lollia, who turns out to be a (mostly) selfless heroine in the end. Just as I felt instantly drawn to Marcella, only to discover that her true character was guided by ruthless selfishness. Though I did have some pity for her fate, she does get what she deserves. Actually, I'm not sure if anyone deserves that punishment (not spoiling it for anyone), but she has ...more
Lauren (babystinkbreath)
Received this book from a Goodreads first reads giveaway. And this is another book that I'm really glad I got the chance to read. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend to fans of Historical Fiction and Historical Romance.

The story follows the lives of 4 sisters (2 are sisters, 2 are cousins to the sisters) during a tumultuous year in Roman History. The Year of Four Emperors was a bloody and tragic year where many lives were taken and changed as the different sides battled it ou
Daughters of Rome is a wonderfully fast paced ride through the Year of the Four Emperors in Ancient Rome. Author Kate Quinn absolutely immerses the reader in Roman culture, right down to the tiniest details. It is an all senses experience of the city. One of the most interesting and detailed segments is the food – especially at the dinner parties – OMG! Things that you would never imagine eating. How about a fish served to you while it was dying so that it looked pretty? I would have said, “No t ...more
Dione Sage
The best historical fictions in my opinion are always the ones that have a little factual substance weaved skillfully throughout the storyline. I believe that histories have been written with a little embellishment in the first place and the fact that a writer can paint a whole picture (even though fictional) from small facts taken from those histories is amazing. Daughters of Rome, written by the talented Kate Quinn, is one of those historical fictions that I find absolutely breathtaking and in ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Zee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*may contain spoilers*

As the prequel to the first book written by Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome), it surpassed the debut with a more consistent third-person storytelling and an even more captivating storyline revolving around four Cornelii patrician ladies of the Roman Empire. In the prologue we meet the four Cornelii when they were no more than young girls (and Nessus too, for those who had read the Mistress of Rome, I'm sure you'll remember him). The story took place during the historic period
Aargh, how frustrating..I loved this book but cant with good conscience rate it a Five Star..dont get me wrong this book is readable, engrossing, epic and fun and I liked it alot however certain characters fell flat for me, I actually put the book down for two days which means I was bored somewhere sadly..Alright so this is a prequel to the fabulous Mistress of Rome and for the first two hundred or so pages I was well on my way to declaring her a new favorite author, and she still is- I just fee ...more
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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.

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The Empress of Rome (4 books)
  • Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #1)
  • Empress of the Seven Hills (The Empress of Rome, #3)
  • Lady of the Eternal City (The Empress of Rome, #4)

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