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Empress of the Seven Hills

(The Empress of Rome #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,567 ratings  ·  383 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 ...more
Paperback, 486 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Berkley Trade (first published 2012)
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Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, books-i-own
Spanning 102-114/115 AD, Empress of the Seven Hills picks up a few years after the events of Mistress of Rome and follows the story of Thea and Arius' son, Vix. Returning to Rome after leaving behind his parents and younger siblings in Britannia, Vix is driven to find glory in the Roman legion under Emperor Trajan. Of course, he will have to learn to not lose his heart to mischievous Sabina, be wary of her ambitious husband Hadrian, and protect his bestie Titus from the backstabbers of Rome's ...more
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 ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Judith Starkston
Feb 15, 2012 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
Krista Baetiong Tungol
I deliberately skipped book 2 of Kate Quinn’s astounding saga about ancient Rome (although I flagged it for future reading) and dived straight for book 3, because looking at the blurb, this apparently follows the events from the first book (Mistress of Rome) when a vicious emperor is murdered and Rome has found relative order under the new imperial regime.

This time, though, it is the son’s story to tell. Vercingoterix or Vix, son of the gladiator and freed slave woman from book 1, comes back to
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
Elizabeth Loupas
Jun 24, 2011 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
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,
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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I love this series. I love these characters. I deeply appreciate Kate Quinn's writing, not to mention her extensive author notes.
May 20, 2012 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
Jul 03, 2012 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.

Jan 04, 2013 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 30, 2011 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)
Mar 17, 2013 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,
Dec 19, 2011 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 ...more
In his tattered lion skin and his spotless battered armor he looked broad and powerful, sunburned and deadly. They should carve you in granite and put you on display in front of every legion recruiter in Rome, Sabina thought. They’ll fill the ranks in a heartbeat, just by telling envious boys that someday, maybe, they could be you.

Book hangover.

We all love it and hate it. While it means we have read an amazing and inspiring novel, it also leaves us ruined for other books (at least for a few
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
May 29, 2012 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
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy
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
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May 05, 2012 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
Vix what a marvelous and compelling voice you have--or rather Kate, what a marvelous and compelling voice you've created :) Promise a review soon but for now let me simply say if you read historical fiction and you don't own this book yet, buy it now.
Sep 08, 2012 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! :)
Deborah Pickstone
Book three: Kate Quinn's excellent stories move fast and engage the reader completely. She writes in an irreverent and humorous way that some reviewers seem to dislike; I love it!
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
The strongest volume in the Empress of Rome series by far, I liked the mix of characters and the story. This has been a pretty solid series so far and I recommend it for those looking for historical fiction set in the 1st century.
Jan 28, 2013 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
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 21, 2012 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
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
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Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network” and “The Huntress. ...more

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The Empress of Rome (4 books)
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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.” 8 likes
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