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Lady of the Eternal City

(The Empress of Rome #4)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,407 ratings  ·  280 reviews
National bestselling author Kate Quinn returns with the long-awaited fourth volume in the Empress of Rome series, an unforgettable new tale of the politics, power, and passion that defined ancient Rome.

Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rom
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Berkley Trade
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Kate Quinn Which prophecy? *goes to hunt through previous book*

Ah, ok. The prophecy he got from Mistress of Rome, when Nessus predicted he'd die of a chariot cra…more
Which prophecy? *goes to hunt through previous book*

Ah, ok. The prophecy he got from Mistress of Rome, when Nessus predicted he'd die of a chariot crash, and all his men would weep for him. My thought is that this will happen about 25 years down the line, up in Britannia where he is holding the border for Emperor Marcus Aurelius. A good way for an old soldier to go!(less)
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Kate Quinn Because originally when planning this series, Vix was supposed to predecease Hadrian. Things didn't quite work out that way, so we'll either chalk thi…moreBecause originally when planning this series, Vix was supposed to predecease Hadrian. Things didn't quite work out that way, so we'll either chalk this one up to a rare error for Nessus in his prophecies, or Sabina not being able to be public in her grief because she's living an extremely retiring life, not exactly wanting people to know the former Empress of Rome is living up in northern Britannia with a legionary commander!

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Stephanie Thornton
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think Kate Quinn can't get any better... She does.

The scope of Lady of the Eternal City is staggering, but Quinn handles the span of time and miles with ease, picking up where Empress of the Seven Hills left off with Hadrian, Sabina, and Vix. (If you haven't already read the first three books in the series, I suggest you remedy that immediately!) There are new characters here to fall in love with, most especially golden Antinous and a red-haired tomboy who runs like a gazelle (who h
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sniff..Sniff... I cannot believe that the Mistress of Rome series is over.

Kate Quinn writes Ancient Rome in such a way that I am utterly convinced that she, in another life, once walked its streets. In her series finale, Quinn sweeps readers back to the time of Emperor Hadrian in a way that only a masterful storyteller can do. I started this book and I purposely took my time with it because I was sad to leave Vix, Sabina, Titus, Faustina, and so many others. I loved that we were able to catch
Jenny Q
Kate Quinn has quickly become one of my favorite historical fiction authors. It's no small thing to weave a story with dozens of characters over three books and a forty-year time span and keep a reader hanging on every word. It takes true talent not only to bring history to life but to do so with (seemingly) effortless style and dignity. Kate now ranks among some pretty illustrious company on my shelf of honor, including Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, and Diana Gabaldon.

I have been dying
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm melancholy to see this fabulous series end, yet joyful to see what Quinn has in store for her next epic effort.

Quinn gives us familiar characters along with new players to entertain us. Without a doubt her kaleidoscope cast will pull you in until the very end. Hadrian the questionable cog in which all revolves around, leaves you spinning. Annia a young ginger haired girl beyond her years, a feminist in her actions and thinking, highly intelligent, continually amuses the reader. Antinous, hi
Ashley Marie
This was amazing. Over the course of this series, these characters have become some of my favorites. Vix, Sabina, Trajan, Hadrian, Antinous, Titus, Annia, and so many others... Kate Quinn brings them all to such vivid life that it's nearly impossible to tell who actually existed and who's fictional. I'm sad it's over but it was such a brilliant ending. I've long thought I had no interest in ancient Rome because all the names blur together and everyone has at least 3-4 names and they're all some ...more
twelvejan [Alexandria]
4.5 'my star' Stars for Lady of the Eternal City.

I've waited so very long for LotEC. Very, very, very long! The release of The Three Fates as a prequel to LotEC was beneficial for those of us who've waited so long for this one. Honestly, after Empress of the Seven Hills, I didn't think there will be a continuation. Hence, I was beyond ecstatic when I realised there's a book 4. And now, I am very satisfied should this be the final book in the series. I couldn't ask for a better ending that this.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Lady of the Eternal City" is the fourth book in Kate Quinn's wonderful The Empress of Rome series. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for such a long time and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! In "Lady of the Eternal City," the infamous Hadrian is finally emperor. For Quinn's characters, this does not necessarily mean good things. Hadrian's rule will bring many changes, both to Roman rule and in the personal lives of the character. Many of the beloved characters such as Sa ...more
Amy (Read.Dream.Live)
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I honestly cannot wait to read this book. I am a HUGE fan of this series and am so excited to read the fourth book in the series. I would recommend this series to anyone who is a historical fiction fan or any book lover in general.
It looks like "Lady of the Eternal City" is the last of Kate Quinn's "Empress of Rome" series. So while I loved the book through and through, I read it with somewhat of a heavy heart. If this is the end, it was perfect. (It even included a guest appearance by Thea and Arius, Vix's parents who started it all.) But still, if I had my way, this series would never end. I mean, generational sagas don't really *have* to finish, do they? (I mean, if Kate ever wants to revisit Dinah or Chaya or better y ...more
KL (Cat)
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody, esp. history lovers
Some brilliant quotes for you to read as I plan my review; currently it's just me spluttering "Oh my god" over and over again with a high dose of profanity. Also, as a warning: would most likely break your heart, and only once if you're lucky.

Annia felt queer and cold, triumphant and sick, and her face was blank as stone.
“You look like the sack of Troy,” her father said mildly as she came to his dining couch in the triclinium.

“A virtuous man cannot be tempted to an evil act.” Marcus sounded tho
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew about Hadrian, Sabina and Antinous from history, but the clever weaving of their stories with that of the fictional tough ‘barbarian’ Vix and the younger Faustina and Marcus as children enchants you.

I have wandered through the remains of Hadrian’s Tivoli villa near Rome and, of course, embrace Hadrian’s Wall as part of my national heritage, but Kate Quinn breathes life into these places so you are gazing at the star sky at the northern edge of the world and feel the heartbreak of duty an
Deborah Pickstone
Usual great story! Highly recommended. I wish Antinous had been a fictional character, he was so lovely. But he wasn't fictional. And we probably have a better idea of how he looked than we have of many historical figures of the time because so many statues were erected by Hadrian of him after he died mysteriously and was deified by Hadrian. Kate Quinn's theory of what happened is as good as any other. Of the gossip from the time, the one thing I am sure of is that Hadrian did not have him kille ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kate Quinn, I love you. Please write more.
Krista Claudine Baetiong
After finishing this novel, I thought oddly of this particular Filipino game I played in childhood: Dr. Quack Quack (similar to Human Knot). A group of players form a circle by holding hands and try to do the most outrageous and elaborate contortions they can think of by knotting or entangling themselves. After that they call on Dr. Quack Quack, the person or “it” tasked to untangle them and get them back to their original position without breaking off the chain. Once the knot is successfully un ...more
Minni Mouse
Now that I've finished this series, I'm not sure what to do with myself. Thea's and Arias's stories are done, and now so are the stories of Sabina, Vix, Titus, Hadrian, Annia, and Antonius. It's like I had this group of troubled and flawed and loyal friends...but now they've moved on and left me behind.

This book brings closure to Sabina's and Vix's story, healing to Hadrian's, and hope for Annia's. The actual last chapter/few pages themselves were a bit unsatisfying for me, but the author's not
Reeda Booke
A wonderful, luxurious read! We are back in the lives of Vix, Empress Sabina and Emperor Hadrian and the conspiracies, plots, schemes and backstabbing return with a vengeance. But this is also a story about love, courage, loss and change and the introduction of some new characters that are important in history.

I admit that Sabina was still one of my favorites. That she stood by Hadrian, even in his most darkest times is a testament to her strength. I also loved Annia and Titus Aurelius. And of c
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Now that I've finally read it a whole year after it came out I'm ready to start all over again at the beginning. You won't find classic historical fiction on a grand scale like this anymore. This series, and these characters are dear to me.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked Sabina more in this installation than in its predecessor. Perhaps this is because she seemed more world-weary.
Robyn Markow
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kate Quinn is to HF about Ancient Rome Like what Phillipa Gregory(used) to be to HF about the Tudor Era- only better. I absolutely was involved from beginning to end in this book about the continuing saga of Verncingetorix The Red(aka Vix) former Gladiator,Solider,Husband,Father & the great love of The Empress Sabina's life(who's hiding a secret about the result of their star-crossed relationship) along with a terrific cast of (mostly) actual persons of Rome,circa 120-138 A.D that are portrayed ...more
S.J.A. Turney
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kate Quinn first came to my attention last year when I read Day of Fire, the collection of cross-threaded tales by various Roman authors set against the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. I have to say that normally, since my trend in reading is towards the military and espionage end of the historical fiction, I probably wouldn’t have read a book with this title or cover until I had run out of books where legionaries smash someone over the head, but the thing is: Kate Quinn’s contribution to that col ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I absolutely loved Mistress of Rome but the subsequent books have been hit or miss for me. Unfortunately Lady of the Eternal City fell entirely into the miss category.

Overall this book was a soap opera where everything was sexualized and lacking depth. A main component to one of the love stories, Antinous, is poorly fleshed out but extremely sexualized. Most of the characteristics we get for him are, in fact, superficial. He is just a pretty face, even described as thus by his adoptive father Vi
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of Rome. Roman stories tend to focus too much on war, bloodshed, and gladiators. It's a lot of testosterone, but Ms. Quinn shows us that the strength and power of Rome not only lied with its men, but also its women, women like Sabina and Annia.

Annia is only a girl in this novel, but I have no doubt (at least I hope!) she'll be in a future novel, kicking butt and taking names--or maybe busting more nuts, literally.

Sabina is Empress, married to an emperor with foul moods, a thirs
Didi A
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are 3 things I have learned to expect from Kate Quinn:
1) The characters become part of you. She has a way of writing these real people as if they are sitting right in front of you. You will love them, and hate them all at the same time.
2) You will learn something. She has a way of bringing history to life. Taking real events that you would have never even known happen before and make them real. She finds the holes in historical record and fills them with events that could be exactly what
These books cover so much time, so much usually happens. The people the characters are at the start of the book are so different from who they are at the end and most of them are better, they've slayed their dragons and realized what is really important. That was the case in this one.

I had a hard time liking Hadrian at the start of this one, he thought so much of himself. I sort of hated him when he started things with Antinous. It seemed like a power play more than anything, but as time went b
Mercedes Rochelle
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kate, what have you done to my sleeping schedule!?! I like to read in bed so I can gently go to sleep, but it didn't happen with this book. This is the first volume I read in the series, but I had no trouble catching up with the story, and it moved right along until the end. The characters were well defined and the plot provided plenty of tension which kept me from putting the book down way past my bedtime.

Up until now, I had thought of Emperor Hadrian as a sort of genial, staunch, resolute buil
What do you see?
You are of Rome and your wife is of God.

Every few years I read a book by Kate Quinn, I love it, I gush about it, and I feel like I'm repeating myself. I'm not the type who likes to read series, I hate waiting, but in this case I'm glad I didn't read these books all at once, I'm glad I was able to experience them throughout the years. I think I read the first book in 2012 and I still think that book, this whole series actually is really incredible.
There is something abo
What can I say? Kate Quinn is a remarkable, impressive, and unabashedly passionate writer who deserves every accolade for bringing such a momentous period of history to vibrant life. She has skillfully woven an incredible epic that rivals stories like Gladiator or Spartacus. Not only is Quinn adept at performing real research and providing historical accuracy to her works of fiction, but she also succeeds in some of the best character development I have read in a long time. These characters are ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Quinn is a master storyteller and Lady of the Eternal City is her masterpiece. This was my favorite book in The Empress of Rome series. Kate Quinn masterfully weaves the story of real historical figures with fictional characters, of hate and love, of betrayal and loyalty. Everything about this book is complex and multi faceted. The relationships between characters are complicated, they are never one clear thing. Vix's hate for Hadrian is mixed with loyalty to the Roman Empire, Vix's love fo ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book gave me a such a book hangover. Reading this, I felt like I was a part of these characters' lives. In the 3rd book, I loathed Hadrian and I was so upset that he had become Emperor. In this book, my feelings were very much aligned with Vix's. I never liked Hadrian, but I learned to respect him and I ended up feeling for him. His and Antinous' story touched me. Vix and Sabina touched me. Annia was a wonderful addition to the story. I loved reading about every one of these characters, whe ...more
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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”, “The Huntress,” a ...more

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