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

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

by Kate Quinn

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A tale of love, power and intrigue from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.  
 
Powerful, prosperous, and expanding ever farther into the untamed world, the Roman Empire has reached its peak under the rule of the beloved Emperor Trajan. But neither he 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 politician Hadrian—who is both 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, they all will be caught in a deadly whirlwind that may seal their fates, and that of the entire Roman Empire...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425242025
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Series: Empress of Rome Series , #3
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 142,490
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 Novels of the Borgias, before moving to the twentieth century with The Alice Network and The Huntress. All her books have been translated into multiple languages.

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"[An] epic, sexy romp—the long-awaited sequel to Daughters of Rome...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."

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Empress of the Seven Hills 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sam-dance More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It has drama, romance, and humor. I really enjoyed the plot with some unexpected turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!! 
JYKWA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
penname96 More than 1 year ago
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.
HistoricalFictionChick More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
AmyBridges on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love Kate Quinn! I cannot WAIT to read the next installment of this book and see what happens... Terrific read!
Judith_Starkston on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 fate they work very hard to get, but then aren¿t the least sure they want once they gain it. Some of the book¿s characters are deliciously wicked, several decidedly lusty. She depicts intelligence with depth and perception. Her smart people aren¿t always likeable or good, but you admire their brains. The characters we like, and there are several, keep us rooting for them with increasing fervor, and sometimes things come out as we wish. As with her other books, Empress is full of juicy relationships, both offbeat and more conventional. You won¿t be able to predict the paths of this cast. They kept surprising me.Quinn is an excellent writer of dialogue. You get an intimate feel for her characters through their words. Vix, a physically commanding legionary soldier with an explosive temper, uses short, muscular expressions. Hadrian, who starts out a fairly likeable man but who increasingly reveals a cold stiffness, uses long, pompous sentences even in the middle of a military camp. Quinn chooses a contemporary idiom including the expletives you hear in 21st century America, but it works well. Quinn¿s dialogue never yanks me out of the past or jars me as inappropriate. I stay right there inside her characters in ancient Rome. Many of the concerns and themes prevalent in ancient Rome are still with us in contemporary America, which may partially explain why the modern idiom feels right to me: political cynicism about corruption especially financial, contradictory sexual mores, the scorn one faction has for the ¿elitist intellectuals,¿ and the breakdown of family and other social structures, or at least the perceived breakdown. Quinn fudges a bit with some history¿most particularly with Titus¿s role¿but she owns up to everything in her author¿s note and explains the changes. They are integral to her tale. She¿s great on the details of life¿what a legionary ate while on the march and a quick look at how he cooked it, for example. Her knowledge of the period is plenty deep enough that she avoids the failing of a lot of historical fiction writers when they drag out the same details over and over for lack of knowing any others. She added to my store of interesting facts and, more importantly, she builds a persuasive world. You¿ll be there. Daughters of Rome excelled at portraying the Rome of women. This book does that to some extent also, but much of the time it steps into the world of men. Sabina¿s interest in seeing the world takes her far from the safe atrium of her father¿s home, and she certainly doesn¿t like hanging out with her mother-in-law. This gives new territory for Quinn¿s talent.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author Kate Quinn, of Daughters of Rome and Mistress of Rome fame, is back with another wonderful trip back to ancient Rome in Empress of the Seven Hills. Much like her previous novels, Empress is filled with fascinating characters caught in a dangerous world of love, power, political intrigue and lust. Emperor Trajan has come to the throne, and Rome is growing into the most prosperous and expansion nation on the face of the planet. In the midst of the empire's power, ex-gladiator Vix falls in love with rebellious senator's daughter Sabina, but the pair's romance is doomed to never be fully realized. As the pair becomes caught in the emperor's (and more importantly, empress') political webs, the world because far more dangerous and their joyful future could crumble into dust.Empress has all of the same elements that made Quinn's previous novels shine -it's tightly written, dripping with excellent historical research and has great characters that shine through on every page. From the very beginning I was wrapped up in Vix and Sabina's struggles and I wanted to see the pair overcome it all. And the politics...the political intrigues were incredibly well constructed here and just powerful.Probably my only possible criticism of Empress is that it really doesn't offer anything new in Quinn's novels. Despite that, it's an incredibly solid entry that has everything fans of Quinn's previous novels will expect -great history, well-crafted detail, multi-faceted characters and a powerful story where romance and politics intersect just enough to keep things interesting -without being overpowering. At this point, though, I'd like to see something a little fresher from Quinn -though she completely commands the world of ancient Rome in her books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story but wish the author had stayed true to the facts. For example she writes about purgatoriums being places where people would throw up-when in fact they were just places where people in large groups could exit safely. Enjoy the books but don't look to them for any truth in ancient roman living.
anne_jindra More than 1 year ago
A little light on mythology (the second book has a great description of the old Greek Practices of Enlightenment), but big on history, Quinn writes and engaging novel with enough intrigue, romance and driving plot to keep you turning pages late into the night. While she takes artistic liberties (for instance, Vercingetorix the Red is a created character, as opposed to Vibia Sabin, the patrian girl that steals his uncultured heart), Quinn stays true to Roman history and the book serves as a decent guide to the rise and fall of a roman emperor. One of the few book series that tracks a true relationship, from its first flutter of young love, through separate marriages and an unsuspected child, Empress of the Seven Hills stands apart from the rest of the fantasy and neo-fantasy world. The relationship is so real that it actually serves as a backdrop, rather than a centerpiece for the gripping narrative of political struggle, patrician desire, and war. When I was eighteen I thought I knew everything. When I was twenty, I knew I had known nothing, but now at least I knew something, and by the time I was twenty two I realized that pattern would recur for the rest of my life. Sabina is the only character I've ever met who follows the same evolution, while never losing her artless, but voracious, desire for life, for Rome, and for her empire. Marrying for the desire to explore and research rather than for love, she takes a path less traveled and is somehow revered for it. The men in her life are strong willed and intelligent senators, centurions, and rulers, but they listen to her all the same. The women in Empress are feminine but strong and the male leads are unique and as hungry for the domination of place and self as any ever written. Despite being female writer, she somehow captures the unbending determination and open eyed, unashamed reach of a genuine men, powerful men. For an educational, but immersive read that paints a picture of an empire that will never be forgotten, Empress can't be beat. http://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/08/kate-quinn-empress-of-seven-hills.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love kate quinn novels, especially the one about the roman empire. Very little historical fiction has been written about the reign of the emperor trajan. great historical figures and fictional characters to make a truly remarkable book. Hail Caesar and everyone else
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Kate Quinn is a fantastic author and I enjoy all of her books. This one was no exception.
TaraNJ More than 1 year ago
Really love Kate Quinn
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I liked the part where Vix was talking about what sort of marches he liked and what sort of songs they would sing to keep the pace.