Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Review & Giveaway: Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn

Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
Publish Date: April 5th 2011
Format: Paperback 400pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"A.D. 69. The Roman Empire is up for the taking. 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. She lives to one day see her loyal husband as Emperor. Her sister Marcella is more aloof, content to witness history rather than make it. But when a bloody coup turns their world upside-down, both women must maneuver carefully just to stay alive. As Cornelia tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams, Marcella discovers a hidden talent for influencing the most powerful men in Rome. In the end, though, there can only be one Emperor...and one Empress."

My Review:

The Cornelii cousins have always been inseparable, and though their marriages might not be equally blissful, they have all been smiled upon by Fortuna in some unique way. As the announcement of the Emperor's heir draws near, the four Cousins see themselves bound for glory and secure positions, but when the unthinkable happens their prospects are cruelly ripped away. Forced to live in constant upheaval and uncertainty, jealousy and vengeance soon begins to tear them apart. And as the struggle for power in Rome continues, these daughters of Rome must learn to let go of their ambitions and come together once more, or they will become no better than those who destroyed their family in the quest for the supreme title of Emperor.

Last year I was amazed by Kate Quinn's debut novel, Mistress of Rome(my review). From the very first page I was mesmerized and it quickly became one of my favorite reads of 2010. Therefore, when I discovered there would be a prequel, I could not have been more elated and I eagerly awaited its release all year. Well, I can definitely say that Daughters of Rome was well worth the wait!

In the very first chapter, the characters took on a very personable and lifelike persona. I was quickly absorbed into the plot and I did not stop reading until the last word was read. This is a fast paced novel that's full of intrigue, and one that is bound to have you emotionally involved.

Kate Quinn did a splendid job of blending in the characters that appear in Mistress of Rome. So well, in fact, that I am eager to re-read Mistress of Rome to see if I have a bit more compassion or understanding towards a couple characters... though the Emperor is definitely not one for whom I might reconsider my feelings.

If you haven't read Mistress of Rome, don't worry, this novel holds its own perfectly. That being said, I would highly recommend Mistress of Rome as well as Daughters of Rome, for both are spellbinding novels and worthy of the highest praise!

Be sure to take a look at the lovely guest post Kate Quinn created for our delight:  
Guest Post by Kate Quinn

 FTC: I received this book from the publisher. As always, these are my own honest opinions.

Thanks to the generosity of Penguin Publishing Group, I have one copy of Daughters of Rome to give away! To enter please follow the guidelines below:

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