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Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn
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Read from April 10 to 19, 2012

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 her evil little mother. She was a product of her situation. Thrown into a life she didn’t want and tried her hardest to live it the way she wanted. I must say she gave it a very good attempt. As much as these two characters didn’t want it, their lives became so intertwined beyond even this book

This story is about them, Vix and Sabina, who were the children in Mistress of Rome. There are many characters who continued into this novel as well which was a nice touch to find out how they turned out. Kate Quinn gives you a glimpse into Ancient Rome through the eyes of her characters. Her characters are vibrant and alluring each in their own way. Some are bad and other goods and most are a little of both. It is crazy to think some of the characters were real people who really lived these lives or at least something similar. I like I would have really liked Trajan.

Ancient Rome had to have been a wondrous place to live. It was dangerous and difficult for anyone not in the elite class, but the advancements they made are still outstanding today. This novel was set a time period of war and Emperor Trajan’s ever growing collection of provinces. Vix thrived in this life as did so many others. The life of a legionary must have been very rough, never knowing what would be next. The commitment alone should have scared many soliders, but it was the glory that kept them signing up. While the people of Rome lived comfortable lives with running water and steam rooms, these soliders were marching 15 miles a day carrying an entire lifestyle on their backs. Their accomplishments were very impressive, as was their devotion to their Emperor. I love Ancient Rome and I really hope this story continues because I love what it creates. At the end, there is a hint that there may be another book at some point. My fingers and toes are crossed because I can’t get enough of Vix. If you read Mistress of Rome, then this is a must read for you.
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Debby My tastes seem to mirror yours so I know I will love this one! Thanks for a great review.


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