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Empress of the Seven Hills (Empress of Rome Series #3)

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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 can last forever...

Brash and headstrong, Vix is a celebrated ex-gladiator...

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Empress of the Seven Hills (Empress of Rome Series #3)

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Overview

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 can last forever...

Brash and headstrong, Vix is a celebrated ex-gladiator returned to Rome to make his fortune. The sinuous, elusive Sabina is a senator's daughter who craves adventure. Sometimes lovers, sometimes enemies, Vix and Sabina are united by their devotion to Trajan. But others are already maneuvering in the shadows. Trajan's ambitious Empress has her own plans for Sabina. And the aristocratic Hadrian-the Empress's ruthless protégé and Vix's mortal enemy-has ambitions he confesses to no one, ambitions rooted in a secret prophecy.

When Trajan falls, the hardened soldier, the enigmatic empress, the adventurous girl, and the scheming politician will all be caught in a deadly whirlwind of desire and death that may seal their fates, and that of the entire Roman Empire...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Quinn’s epic, sexy romp—the long-awaited sequel to Daughters of Rome—young, gruff, and cunning Vix has returned to Rome to set about making a name for himself, beginning as a guard in the home of Senator Marcus Norbanus. Meanwhile, Norbanus’s intellectual and independent daughter, Sabina, falls into a heated love affair with Vix, though Sabina eventually chooses to marry Hadrian, the tribune detested by Emperor Trajan but beloved by the emperor’s wife, Plotina. Vix quickly rises in the ranks, finds favor in the eyes of Trajan after killing the king of Dacia, and marries, though the sexual tension between Vix and Sabina remains. After Trajan suffers a stroke, Plotina’s manipulations secure Hadrian’s ascension to the throne, making Sabina the reluctant empress. Despite their past quarrels, Hadrian makes Vix his personal guard, and he and Sabina resolve to defy the new emperor, the foreshadowed consequences of which point to the continuation of the series. Readers will delight in the depictions of historical figures like Hadrian and Trajan, as well as the engrossing and dramatic relationships that drive this entertaining story. Agent: Pam Strickler, Pam Strickler Author Management. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect. Ex-gladiator Vix, short for Vercingetorix (after Julius Caesar's Gallic nemesis), has just returned to Rome. His parents, in the Roman equivalent of a witness-protection program for their role in the assassination of tyrannical Emperor Domitian, have retired to Britannia, where they have a villa and a garden. Vix seeks out the protection of his parents' protector and co-conspirator, Senator Norbanus. Hired as a guard, Vix is enticed into the bed of Norbanus' daughter Sabina, who at 18 has still not chosen a husband. After Sabina marries Hadrian, ward of the current Emperor Trajan, Vix joins the Tenth Legion and is off to Germania. When Hadrian and Trajan arrive to put down a barbarian rebellion, Sabina tags along, and is soon marching with the legions herself. Since Hadrian is preoccupied with male lovers, spirited Sabina is free to share the campfire and cot of Vix, forging convivial friendships with his comrades, including her former suitor Titus, a reluctant military tribune. Vix hopes to advance through the ranks despite his plebian status, but his only chance of making Centurion is to distinguish himself in battle: this he does by finding the weak spot of a fortress under siege, and killing the barbarian king. Promoted to aquilifer (bearer of the legion's eagle standard), Vix's joy is short-lived: His treasonous affair with Sabina is very nearly exposed. Hadrian's meddling mentoress, the Empress Plotina, convinces Hadrian to curtail his wife's freedoms. Years later, Vix, on the verge of attaining his dream, Centurion-hood, returns to Rome, where Sabina remains under tight surveillance by Hadrian and the Empress. Titus advises Vix to steer clear, particularly if he wants to join Trajan's next campaign of conquest in Parthia. However, soon Sabina, Vix and Titus dare to flout Hadrian, who, if Plotina's schemes bear fruit, will occupy the imperial throne (and Quinn's next book). I, Claudius it's not. Still, Quinn handles Imperial Rome with panache.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425242025
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Empress of Rome Series , #3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 205,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Kate Quinn lives with her husband in Long Beach, California. She is the author of Mistress of Rome and Daughters of Rome. Visit her website: katequinnauthor.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    This story moved me! It definitely doesn't go the way the reader

    This story moved me! It definitely doesn't go the way the reader would expect, but I love how Vix and Sabina started this road together and they finished it together. Everything about this novel just screams WONDERFUL DELIGHT! I stumbled upon it in Rome, and literally I couldn't put it down until I finished it-- it's THAT good. If action, romance, or suspense is your cup of tea then this novel is most definitely for you because it has all three. I truly wish that Kate Quinn will come out with a sequel for Vix's and Sabina's story; they deserve it!!! 

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Great Book

    I love this book. It has drama, romance, and humor. I really enjoyed the plot with some unexpected turns.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    I developed a soft spot for Vix and Sabina ever since I read 'Mi

    I developed a soft spot for Vix and Sabina ever since I read 'Mistress of Rome', and here finally is their story, but it didn't unfold like I expected. Of course, since Ms. Quinn co-opted a historical character, Hadrian's wife, I knew there would be no happily-ever-after, but their relationship unfolds more deliberately as they face their respective destinies. When they meet again, Vix is now a cocky, impatient young man of eighteen, itching for excitement, and Sabina is a seventeen-year-old Roman lady with poise and wits beyond her years. They fall it love, but their relationship seems more calculating as Sabina deliberately chooses to marry Hadrian, leading Vix to join the legions. Over a course of 11 years, their lives touch as each faces danger, a formidable mother-in-law, and the ever-dangerous Hadrian. Although somewhat lacking in the romance department - as mentioned, their love seems to lack an emotional resonance - and the loose ends are left unresolved (unless there's another book coming), Ms. Quinn did an excellent job portraying a fictionalized but believable Roman world under Trajan. A great choice for all lovers of Roman history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    I just love Quinn's books and writing. If you like interesting p

    I just love Quinn's books and writing. If you like interesting plot twist, deep characters, fun adventure, a little romance, a lot of womanly independence in the setting of ancient Rome, then grab all of Quinn's books. They are great! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Kate Quinn was an author I stumbled upon by accident, but I am s

    Kate Quinn was an author I stumbled upon by accident, but I am so glad I did; she's wonderful. Read "Mistress of Rome," her first work, followed by "Daughters of Rome" and save this gem for last. Maybe by the time you have she'll have written another. All of these books are a perfect blend of  adventure, historical fiction, and romance, not to mention peppered with "hold-your-breath" moments every other chapter. I couldn't recommend her and her work enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Obsessed with Quinn

    I'm not finished with this book, about a hundred pages to go, but I have to say this is her best novel to date. I love that her charectors don't disapear and show up to become leads in other works. She is, in a word, amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Great

    Really love Kate Quinn

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    favorite Quinn novel so far

    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 mother was the evil heiress Lepida in part 1 is also looking for excitement and is far from traditional. Trajan is the current emperor who loves war, but his people adore him, so Vix has a future under his rule. Empress Plotina has plans for her favorite Hadrian (the future emperor) no spoilers here, it's a historical fact. She weaves a web between them all. Quinn brings us characters who are not the typical historical fiction stereotype. They are real, not perfect and you can't help but laugh and cheer for them. You also never know what they'll do next. Finally a book that I didn't want to put down or find myself counting the pages. I can't wait for the next installment. Hope Quinn doesn't make us wait as long this time.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Another fabulous novel from Kate Quinn!

    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, schemin...more 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, scheming manner like Empress Plotina, but rather as an impressive and inspiringly independent woman. Though their passion for each other ebbs and flows throughout the novel, their mutual love for Emperor Trajan unites them against others who threaten his rule and the Empire.

    Kate’s talent at writing characters in such a way that the reader becomes totally invested in them is one of her greatest strengths, in my opinion. Combine that with her flawless writing, extensive research and an intriguing, action-packed plot and you’ve got one hell of a read...one that I can't recommend enough!

    Quinn ends the book with a hint of a sequel and I can’t wait to see what more is in store for Vix and Sabina!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    The wait was worth it....

    I fell in love with Thea & Arius in Mistress of Rome and Vix is exactly how I imagined he would be. :) And Sabine... She shows quite the balance between having both her father's love for those around her and her mother's cunning mind sometimes...
    Now I'll have to start the Series again!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Mistress of Rome fans, rejoice!

    Fans of Mistress of Rome will love this story, as it continues with the story of Vix. Perfect mixture if romance, history, and action. Much less confusing than Daughters of Rome. I was a little put out with the cliffhanger esque ending, but I am looking forward to more Vix, Sabina, and Titus. I recommend to all! Well done, Kate Quinn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Get Ready to Time Travel

    Every character in this story was a glimpse into the complex social hierachy of Rome. From Vix the dutiful soldier to Sabina, the independent young woman who quickly learned that unless she stood up for herself ,she would be nothing more than a porcelain doll; pretty to look at but nothing else. I enjoyed watching Sabina become a woman throughtout the series. I cant wait for the next book in this serie

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    THE SERPENT AND THE PEARL by Kate Quinn is an intriguing Histori

    THE SERPENT AND THE PEARL by Kate Quinn is an intriguing Historical Fiction set in 1492 Rome. #1 in "A Novel of The Borgias",what a beginning! Fast paced and filled with deceit,betrayal,passion,secrets,revenge,enemies,mystery,corruption and friendship. Follow Giulia Farnese,Cardinal Borgia,Leonello,Carmelina and a cast of characters that are as wicked as they may be good. Cardinal Borgia is beyond wicked,he is a Spaniard bent on having his way at all cost. Giulia is forced to be his concubine by her doting husband or his he a spineless jerk.....Oh well, let's move on,my thoughts. We have all heard of The Borgias,or some of us anyway. "The Serpent and The Pearl" virtually comes to life on these pages...you can almost feel Giulia's pain. A riveting tale with engaging,and charismatic characters. A dangerous web of deceit,and the legendary rise of the Borgias in ancient Rome,as told through the eyes of a young girl,Giulia. A very complex,compelling tale of lust,betrayal and let's not for. If you enjoy historical fiction,early Rome, and a great read than I would suggest you pick up "The Serpent and The Pearl" for your reading pleasure. A great read from beginning to end. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the story......Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

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    Another fabulous read by Kate Quinn! She does such an excellent

    Another fabulous read by Kate Quinn! She does such an excellent job with her story telling that you literally feel as if you are right there in Rome! Any fan of ancient Rome and Historical Fiction will love these books!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Great book!

    Kate Quinn is a fantastic author and I enjoy all of her books. This one was no exception.

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