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Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
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Jul 28, 12

bookshelves: historical, 2012
Read from July 26 to 28, 2012

Having read Mistress of Rome and gone absolutely wobbly in the knees, I was really excited to start reading Daughters of Rome. If I hadn't read MoR, I probably would have ended up giving this book four stars, but seeing how I did read it, I inevitably ended up comparing the two. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed in DoR, because it's a terrific read, I was just hoping for more. I do feel a bit guilty sticking the book with only three stars, though. I might go back and change it later...

We follow the lives of Cornelia, Lollia, Marcella and Diana. And they certainly don't have boring lives as members of a powerful Roman family. As emperors come and go rapidly over the course of a year, all four experience great, personal tragedies. 

Quinn does a very good job of describing the (sometimes difficult) relationship between the girls, but the antagonists in the story didn't have the oomph that the ones in MoR did, which I felt was because none of them were active in the story for very long. They had quite small roles to play, really. This is the reason why I ended up on three stars in stead of four. Still, it's a very good read and it's an excellent opportunity to learn a few lessons on what was a very interesting civilisation. 
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