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Empress of the Seven Hills (The Empress of Rome #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  3,360 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
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 c ...more
Paperback, 486 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Berkley Trade (first published 2012)
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I'm harder on historic fiction writers than I have any right to be. Honestly, I hold them to a higher standard than authors of any other genre. Those who have impressed me in the past have it even worse. Sorry guys, but if you want to be a top dog you gotta earn it. Quinn has earned it. Her debut piece, The Mistress of Rome, blew me away. Her follow-up, Daughters of Rome, proved the achievement was no fluke and confirmed her
Okay, I've waited a year for the release of this book. Two years really, considering it's a kind of sequel to Quinn's début 2010 novel, Mistress of Rome (which I loved). I've been hoping and praying since I'd heard about Empress... being written that it would match up to it's predecessors high standard. My God. This book is all kinds of awesome and gimme the next book now, please. Quinn is amazing - she has this genuine talent for writing historical fiction and the amazing ability to transport r ...more
Judith Starkston
Feb 15, 2012 Judith Starkston rated it really liked it
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 f
Stephanie Dray
You all know that I enjoy Kate Quinn's books, but this is my favorite by far. 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-c
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I don't know why, but this book didn't quite live up to Mistress of Rome. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it was actually pretty damn good but... I just didn't, well, connect with Vix as well as I did with Thea.

Like I said in my review of Mistress of Rome, Thea was strong, straightforward and realistic girl who grew up to into an even stronger woman.

Vix was kind of a bratty, unrealistic and naive kid who had no idea about life. He grew up into a tough, responsible, st
Rio (Lynne)
4.5 Stars! This is my third and favorite Quinn novel so far. This one is the follow up to Mistress of Rome and Quinn leaves us hanging at the end for the next installment..dang her :)
This one was not as dark as it's predecessor. This takes up where Vix, the son of Mistress of Rome's hero and heroine Arius and Thea, sets his sites on Rome. The evil place his parents ran from. He was a child gladiator and now a rough, loveable barbarian. He wants adventure and he sure finds it. Sabina, who's mothe
Amy Bruno
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!

Vix is the son of Thea from Quinn’s first novel, Mistress of Rome, and the feisty boy we met previously has grown into a headstrong, obstinate man with a loyal heart…I fell in love with him instantly! Sabina is equally headstrong. She’s a woman who knows what she wants out of life and goes after it, but not in a conniving, schemin
Ingrid Fasquelle
Après La Maîtresse de Rome dont il est la suite, L'Impératrice des sept Collines est le deuxième roman de Kate Quinn publié aux éditions Presses de la Cité. Toujours aussi érudite, l'auteure explore à nouveau l'Histoire et plonge le lecteur dans une nouvelle fresque romaine vertigineuse !

Alors que le premier volet de sa saga antique proposait une histoire d'amour sur fond d'orgies et de jeux du cirque, Kate Quinn s'intéresse cette fois aux légions et à la politique expansionniste de Rome, sous l
Dec 06, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVE IT! Can't wait to see what adventures await Sabina and Vix in the next one. I must say though, I'm very annoyed at Vix for the final scene. This may be a bit of a spoiler for some, so stop reading if you're not finished yet!

He has such a good wife in Mirah! And his two little girls! I know monogamy wasn't exactly the order of the day back then, but still, to go back to Sabina?! As much as I thought she was a great heroine, I feel like he just fed her arrogance by straying with her.

Having s
Aug 05, 2013 Mare marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait =D I hope it will be translated in Croatian fast... Good luck with writing Kate Quinn =) (and write many more books)
Dec 06, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Ok this is more of a rant than a review.......

For starters, the book was AMAZZZZZING I love the development of the secondary characters from "Mistress of Rome" (aka MOR), Vix and Sabina and I love the fresh plot (it wasn't a regurgitation of the aforementioned novel but a new story in and of itself). However, for me, as a reader, the ending is EVERYTHING. If I don't like the ending, I usually don't like the book. For "Empress of the Seven Hills" (aka EOSH), I'll have to make an exception, becau
Nov 05, 2012 Parvathy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Roman history lovers
The reason I keep giving five star ratings to the books in the Rome series by Kate Quinn, apart from the fact that they are excellent piece of literature, is that it makes me forget everything which is a rare thing to do. Have you ever had the urge to keep on reading without a stop knowing that you had too many important things to do that can't be postponed. Threw caution to the wind and just let your self enjoy the magic of the written words. That's how I felt when I read the Mistress of Rome, ...more
Dec 06, 2013 Kirstin rated it it was amazing
I love Vix!! He is crude, abrasive and yet completely irresistible. Your heart goes out to him in Mistress of Rome and everything he went through, but you truly fall in love with him in Empress of the Seven Hills. The young man at the beginning is very different than the seasoned solider at the end, but both are strong and courageous, though only one truly understands love and how to love. Sabina is a different story. I loved and hated her at the same time, but she is a major improvement from he ...more
May 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
So far Kate Quinn is 3 for 3 in writing amazingly entertaining, easy-to-read books. Mistress of Rome was awesome, Daughters of Rome was fascinating and now Empress of the Seven Hills takes the cake.

Despite all of her books being somewhat interrelated, this one has the feel of Book One in a series. For the most part it has a self-contained story, but the story lines are not 100% wrapped up when you close the covers and one of our narrators as much as promises a direct sequel. A sequel, I might ad
Elizabeth Loupas
Apr 17, 2012 Elizabeth Loupas rated it really liked it
Kate Quinn is a formidable talent. I’ll never forget the evening I first opened Mistress of Rome, in a seaside hotel in San Diego. I was sucked in and swept away by Thea’s story, and Kate (full disclosure: we are friends as well as historical-fiction-writing colleagues) immediately won a place on my shortish “buy everything she writes, now and forever” list.

I admired Thea, the strong, intelligent, deeply damaged slave girl at the heart of Mistress of Rome, and I generally find storytelling most
Apr 26, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
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Not one of Kate Quinn's books have disappointed me yet. This was another page turner, yet extremely well written and well researched. I don't know a whole heck of a lot about ancient Rome, but it's clear that Quinn definitely does her homework. The time period is evoked very vividly and in good attention to detail that lesser historical fiction authors would miss or neglect. Her seamless integration of actual historical figures with fictional characters is also to be commended.

Also impressive is
One of my favourite authors and she didn't disappoint me.
I like the different points of views. The characters are very realistically painted, can't wait for the sequel.

And I just love-love-love how Quinn references her own books in her other books! (Like the slight reminders of the original four Cornelias in Mistress of Rome.)

Great book, easy read, interesting plot. 5/5
Jan 26, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Another winner by Kate Quinn! She continues to explore and expand the characters of Sabina and Vix, as well as giving me the villains I love to hate so much. A few times, I thought "oh no"which for me, is the sign of a good book. Can't wait to find out what's next as the continues, and it will. Thanks Kate, for another page turner.
Aug 25, 2013 Bube rated it it was amazing
And again with this book,Kate Quinn proves that she is excellent writer!
All three books form this series are unique on its own way,connected among themselves in one skilled and great way :)

The ending was,well...very unexpected :D

Thank you Ms.Quinn for another great story! :)
The difficult thing about Empress of the Seven Hills is that I can't decide whether or not I like it more than Mistress of Rome. I definitely like it just as much; I may like it more, which I can't say about the prequel to Mistress, the immensely enjoyable but slightly frustrating Daughters of Rome.

Empress is exactly the kind of book that I've always wanted. It has everything I like: flawed main characters; Women Who Do Not Please; multi-dimensional villains; and long, drawn-out drama. Long live
Jan 29, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Talk about a punch to the gut! Of course if I knew my Roman history better it wouldn't have been. And just so I'm not leaving you completely in the dark, I am referring to the ending of this book. And that's all I'm saying on that matter.

It's been a few years since "The Mistress of Rome" and Vercingetorix (Vix) is now an ornery boy of eighteen. He leaves the safety of his parents home for Rome where he wants to join the army and make something of himself. He quickly learns that a role there is a
Didi A
Oct 15, 2016 Didi A rated it it was amazing
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Gorgeous book! Thick in action and detail, crowded with rounded characters, who change with time and yet remain true to their nature. The Empress is full of love-and-hate relationships and this is the relationship it invokes in the reader, too. The characters are all both lovable and despicable, maybe with the exception of Titus and of course the honorable Marcus Norbanus. (view spoiler) ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
How do you know when you have found a really fantastic book? Like this: picture that you are on an airplane. It's a red eye and everyone is sleeping. You aren't sleeping because you are so into this book that you must finish it. You know you are going to be exhausted when you land. You finish the book finally and the ending is both so good and such a cliffhanger that you can't decide what you should do first. Should you throw the book across the plane because you can't believe that you have to ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
Very good historical fiction! I was drawn into the world of Sabina and Vix. If only we could know the real story of these characters and how true all the rumors are!
I wish I could give more than five stars for Empress of the Seven Hills! Once again Kate Quinn has enthralled me with her historical novel of Rome.

The novel is so engrossing that time passes very quickly. The book chronicals the years of Trajan's rule and goes into Hadrian's rule... both are considered rather "good Caesars". The political ramifications and the intricate plot leave you breathless for what might possibly happen. Even thought you could simply 'google' the information, you want the
May 20, 2012 Darcy rated it liked it
I found myself having strong feelings for so many of the characters in this book. Sabina, I couldn't stand, thought she was so selfish, that as long as she got what she wanted, well...then things were ok. I hate to think it, but in the end I almost think she got what she deserved.

With Vix I had a hard time not liking him. There were times where I didn't like his actions, but most of the time he reminded me of the kid we met in Mistress of Rome. I was surprised that he could love the Emperor as
Copperfield Review
May 05, 2012 Copperfield Review rated it it was amazing
Here is yet another historical novel set in Ancient Rome, but Kate Quinn’s Empress of the Seven Hills stands in a class all its own. I was already a fan of Quinn’s from her previous two Rome centered novels, Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome, and while this new novel doesn’t focus on the same characters as her previous book, I found it equally captivating. Her research on Ancient Rome is meticulous, and what I appreciated as someone writing a book about that era myself is that where she was ...more
When a cliffhanger like the one on the last page of this book causes you to screech "NOOOOOO" like I did after reading it, the author has earned the right to say she has written a great book. Kate Quinn has given us another excellent book in this, the third installment in her Rome series. It has just about every human emotion possible evoked from the colorful, dynamic characters. I loved every minute!

Unlike this book's predecessors, EotSH did not tend toward language which was too modern for the
Jan 05, 2014 Komal rated it really liked it
A beautiful story about an ancient world that was captivating with its political turmoil, military endeavors, and individual players with their own agendas and desires. The characters were vivid but so complex, intriguing though often times questionable. Some of my favorites were Sabina, Titus, and Mirah.

After reading Mistress of Rome, I was bit hesitant to read this one only because Mistress was just so amazing (one of my favorite books of all time). This one wasn't quite as intense which I bo
Christina Sesok
I really enjoyed this book, although I read the prequel (Mistress of Rome) two years ago, so my memory was definitely fuzzy (I wouldn't recommend waiting that long to read the books). I loved the characters, and when the book was over, I was upset. I immediately went online to see what happened to all the characters after the book ended, and I certainly hope Kate Quinn writes another one (hint, hint). I do wish Vix's parents had made an appearance of some sort. Other than that, I really enjoyed ...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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Other Books in the Series

The Empress of Rome (4 books)
  • Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #1)
  • Daughters of Rome (The Empress of Rome, #2)
  • Lady of the Eternal City (The Empress of Rome, #4)

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“I gripped her, drowning, and I loved
her more than anything on this wide
green earth.”
“Empresses," Vix said in disgust. "They're always trouble, the tricky bitches. Emperors might forgive you if you cross them, but never empresses.” 5 likes
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