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Daughters of Rome (The Empress of Rome #2)

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A.D. 69. Nero is dead.

The Roman Empire is up for the taking. With bloodshed spilling out of the palace and into the streets of Rome, chaos has become the status quo. The Year of Four Emperors will change everything—especially the lives of two sisters with a very personal stake in the outcome….

Elegant and ambitious, Cornelia embodies the essence of the perfect Roman wife. S
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Berkley (first published April 1st 2011)
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Christine No. The second book is actually set earlier in time than the first, and the stories are independent of one another.

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Ivana S.

As I expected, this was a great read. I simply couldn't put it down, it got me hooked at the opening line and I really enjoyed every minute of reading this amazing book. I liked everything about Daughters of Rome, just as I liked everything about Mistress of Rome.

Daughters of Rome is a wonderful mix of well-developed characters, very interesting plot, historical events in ''The Year of Four Emperors'', political intrigue, romance, fights, great descriptions of life in ancient Rome and really, r
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C.W.
Apr 08, 2011 C.W. rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I'm a sucker for almost anything set in ancient Rome. The tumult, the marble, the breastplates, the decadence - it all fascinates me. And when I started reading Kate Quinn's DAUGHTERS OF ROME, I expected to be drawn right in; after all, it doesn't take much for me.

What I did not expect to be as enthralled as I am; not only does Ms Quinn's second novel (her first is the bestselling MISTRESS OF ROME) brim with witty dialogue and marvelous descriptions, but her four women protagonist
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Donna
Jan 26, 2017 Donna rated it it was ok
This wasn't my cup of tea. For being historical fiction, it was very light. This isn't particularly a bad thing for me, but it felt so cheesy and cheap. It felt like 'National Enquirer' for this time period. That didn't work for me. The words "slut" and "whore" were completely overused. It was like an episode of the Jerry Springer show. These 'historical' women felt way to contemporary (with their attitudes and speech) for this time period. They could have been teleported from the world today.

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Stephanie Dray
For readers used to a Julia Quinn-style Regency tone, this novel would make a good introduction to more serious ancient historical fare. We do manage to secure happy-ish endings for most, if not all, of our heroines. But the light touch is deceptive.

While the snarky tone of the writing and the scenes of privileged noblewomen fussing endlessly over weddings and clothing might give the impression that this is a fun romp through ancient Rome, beneath the glossy surface is novel that tackles some ve
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Sarah
Jul 05, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing
How does one remain strong when the world and the life that you have built falls apart around you? Daughters of Rome answered this question in the simplest way possible; one just keeps on living. In the "Year of the Four Emperors in Ancient Rome" it would appear that the turmoil was a constant factor of life, but the four main characters in this book; Cornelia, Marcella, Lollia and Diana not only overcome adversity but prove themselves in their own unique way that they are strong women who will ...more
Ben Babcock
I have had Kate Quinn’s debut novel, Mistress of Rome, on my to-read shelf since January 2010! And I totally forgot about it—this is why I love my to-read shelf. I don’t remember how I learned about it, so it’s serendipitous that I found Daughters of Rome, which has whet my appetite even more for Mistress. I saw this book on the “New Books” shelf at my library and decided to “give it a chance”. That’s a code phrase for “I’m not really sure I’ll enjoy this, but it is within my sphere of interest” ...more
Paula Patience
Mar 26, 2011 Paula Patience rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of historical fiction/romance
Shelves: goodreads
Won as a Goodreads First Read. First off, I was a history major, so I love fiction based in ancient history. This novel does a great job of immersing the reader in the nuances of daily Roman life without coming across as grandstanding (I hate when authors throw nifty facts at me for the sake of showing off their research skills). The casual references to menu, dress and customs are seamlessly incorporated into the flow of the narrative and don't feel forced at all.

Quinn maintains an energetic pa
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Blair
I read Kate Quinn's debut, Mistress of Rome, last year and found it an extremely enjoyable read, so I'd been looking forward to her follow-up ever since and snapped it up as soon as it was released. Daughters of Rome is based on real events (in this case the Year of Four Emperors), but unlike Mistress, which had one central character, it takes a more sweeping, politically orientated view of the time it depicts, with the focus on four cousins who become entangled in these events. These women are ...more
Amy
Jun 17, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys historical fiction/Ancient Rome
Shelves: rome-greece
Another great and well researched read by Kate Quinn. I did find this one a little hard to get into at first, but what things got rolling it picks up! It is set again in Rome, about 20 or so years ahead of Mistress of Rome, and involving many of the character we meet there, and setting up different events and experiences. It's placed in a tumultuous period of Roman history where in a 12 month period 4 emperors came into power, with 3 loosing their life in the struggle.

Again we're greeted with a
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Courtney
May 26, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
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Jenny Brown
Aug 19, 2012 Jenny Brown rated it liked it
I read this after reading Lindsey Davis's wonderful book, The Course of Honor, which covers similar territory. Compared to that book this one was just okay.

The author is a good story teller--after the first few chapters which seemed dull and left me wondering what the book was going to be about. But the real problem for me was how anachronistic so much of it felt.

The characters' language is full of very recent slang--slang that if you read it in a contemporary novel would define a character as
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Cheryl A
Jul 02, 2012 Cheryl A rated it really liked it
This was a surprisingly good read for me...I am not a big fan of historical fiction set in ancient civilizations as I often get confused by all of the, well, history. Author Kate Quinn did a wonderful job of telling her story about the Year of Four Emperors, which I knew nothing about, without getting too bogged down in the politics.

The story is told through the voices of the Cornelias - two sisters and two cousins - and the effects of the turmoil on all of them. Cornelia the eldest is married t
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Brittany
Nov 12, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
Daughters of Rome is definitely a fun read with prose that flows so naturally you easily breeze through it. Once I got sucked into the lives of these four women I could not wait to read what happened next. Political upset, seduction, romance, betrayal..loved it!
Maddie
Oh wow, I'm so glad I made the decision to re-read this book.

I forgot how much of a bad person Marcella was. Time went on and I wanted to shake her more and more - she was an excellent character though, even if she was a bad person.

This time around, I was fixated on Diana and Llyn's relationship, it was so subtle and understated and they never betrayed who they truly were. The pairings in this book are all excellent really; Cornelia and her Centurion (And she finally got to have babies!!!), Loll
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Ana
Mar 30, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing
"'Things have changed, Cornelia. This isn't Rome anymore, not the Rome we know. The kingmakers rule this Rome.'"

Daughters of Rome is the story of four women from the Cornelii clan who survived the Year of the Four Emperors.

Unlike Mistress of Rome and Empress of the Seven Hills, “Daughters of Rome” is written exclusively in third person. Reading this book right after “Empress of the Seven Hills”, I found this odd. None of the women in the book seemed to outshine the other, there were no clear h
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Aleksandra
Jun 27, 2017 Aleksandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iako smještena u okvir burnih zbivanja u Rimskom Carstvu u periodu poznatom kao godina Četiri cara, ovoj priči mi je nedostajalo stvarne historijske ubjedljivosti. Četiri glavne junakinje kao da su sad izašle iz serije "Seks i grad" i kao takve samo premještene u Anno Domini 69. Dramatična završnica ponudila je ipak odgovarajući rasplet, te mi izazvala interes za čitanje nastavaka ove trilogije. Sve u svemu, dobar početak serijala.
Lauren K
Mar 31, 2012 Lauren K rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
An astrologist reads into the future of each of the four Cornelii girls; sisters Marcella and Cornelia and their cousins Diana and Lollia. He envisions one of the young women to become the empress of Rome and to have blood on her hands, he also foresaw 11 marriages in total.

Set in Rome A.D 69, approximately 20 years prior to Kate Quinn’s first novel, Mistress of Rome, it delves into the year that four emperors ruled. Each of the sisters are well developed and I could relate to each of them in di
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Stephanie (Bookfever. ❤)
Daughters of Rome was an excellent read. I'm a huge fan of books set in ancient Rome and Kate Quinn really captured my attention with this book.

This book is about four women all different from one another. They all intrigued me in their own way and nobody is really what she seems at first because due to events happening in this book they all quite change.

I liked all main characters and I found myself liking one character but disliking her in the next few chapters. But my favorite of the four w
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Charity U
Apr 04, 2011 Charity U rated it did not like it
:P :( Okay, I said I finished it, but actually I stopped 1/2 way through. Let me back up...I won this book from goodreads.com. I love the cover and the plot sounded wonderful! I know a few of you have thought the same. Well, I think that the story would have been great. For that matter, I think it _was_ great, BUT unfortunately, the book is packed with kissing and, well, the step beyond kissing. The chapters were really long, which I don't mind, but I think it definitely could have been done wit ...more
Kelly
Apr 05, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
"Daughters of Rome" is a prequel to the fabulous "Mistress of Rome," but it's not necessary to have read one to enjoy the other. There are some overlapping characters but the stories are very different: whereas "Mistress" was a violence-driven whirlwind of a plot, "Daughters" is a more political, intrigue-laden story. The rise and fall of 4 Roman emperors is seen through the eyes of four upper-class young women, and their own fortunes rise and fall just as quickly and unexpectedly as their polic ...more
Sarah
This second installment in Kate Quinn's Rome series far outstrips its predecessor ("Mistress of Rome"), and that is saying a great deal! Once again the reader is immersed in the vivid color and life of ancient Rome as seen through the eyes of a group of people around whom the warped fate of the Empire revolves. As with the previous book, the language was occasionally too modern for the setting, but Quinn's style is so smooth that the mental speed bumps are easy to move on from.

If there is any si
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Alison
I fell in love with how the author brings parts of Rome to life. I love Rome. It's enchanting. Ms.Quinn brought such life to my memory of the Forum and Circs Maximus and Palatine Hill. The way she wrote abut the vendors at the Forum was simple but made the memory of the ruins in my head spring to life-and I truly enjoyed the mental pictures.
The story is based a lot in fact, which I enjoyed.
As for the main characters some of them I liked, soe not so much. Not because they were villians (i love
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Cortney
Mar 09, 2011 Cortney rated it liked it
Won this on goodreads firstreads!

I was pretty excited about this book and I enjoyed the Roman history in it. The only problem was toward the middle it all became about who was sleeping with who. None of the scenes was too explicit which I appreciate, it just became the only focus for a bit which I didn't care for. Great beginning and great ending.
Marie80
Dec 07, 2014 Marie80 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderfoul!!!!
Навистина прекрасно!!!
Linda
Mar 20, 2017 Linda rated it liked it
Good book hard to get through the first few chapters trying to understand all the characters. Over all a good book with a good ending.
Sofia Grey
Feb 17, 2012 Sofia Grey rated it it was amazing
This is the prequel to Mistress of Rome, a book that I found myself glued to. I had high hopes for this one too… and thankfully was not disappointed.

DoR follows the fortunes of the 4 Cornelias: 2 sisters (Cornelia and Marcella) and their cousins (Lollia and Diana). Rome is going through troubled times – the year of 4 Emperors and the girls lives – and loves - are overturned.

Cornelia is happily married to Piso and excited about her role as the future Empress of Rome when Piso is named as Emperor
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Heather
May 06, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Daughters of Rome is a wonderfully fast paced ride through the Year of the Four Emperors in Ancient Rome. Author Kate Quinn absolutely immerses the reader in Roman culture, right down to the tiniest details. It is an all senses experience of the city. One of the most interesting and detailed segments is the food – especially at the dinner parties – OMG! Things that you would never imagine eating. How about a fish served to you while it was dying so that it looked pretty? I would have said, “No t ...more
Judith Starkston
The Feminine Side of Rome

Typically historical fiction set in ancient Rome focuses on senators, military geniuses, mad emperors, and a lot of blood. Daughters of Rome has six emperors (It takes place largely in the year of four emperors—then add in Nero and Titus mentioned in the beginning and ending portions.), chariot races and battle scenes, but much more predominantly it has four women of the patrician family of the Cornelii. These women, who have four profoundly different approaches to livin
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Dione Sage
The best historical fictions in my opinion are always the ones that have a little factual substance weaved skillfully throughout the storyline. I believe that histories have been written with a little embellishment in the first place and the fact that a writer can paint a whole picture (even though fictional) from small facts taken from those histories is amazing. Daughters of Rome, written by the talented Kate Quinn, is one of those historical fictions that I find absolutely breathtaking and in ...more
Lucy
Mar 28, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it

Kate Quinn is on her way to becoming the best ‘All-That's-Ancient-Rome’ historical fiction writer ever. I loved reading her first book: Mistress of Rome- never read anything like it before-Fabulous (read that review here).

In this year’s novel, Daughters of Rome, Quinn brings us into the lives of the four 'Cornelias'. Patrician nobility at its best, the young women take us through a roller coaster of emotions as they live in splendour, grandeur as well as gruesome tragedy. Such young lives (the e
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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, before turning to the 20th century with "The Alice Network." 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)
  • Empress of the Seven Hills (The Empress of Rome, #3)
  • Lady of the Eternal City (The Empress of Rome, #4)

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