Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the exciting books that came into their house last week via post. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, and is currently being hosted by Anna at Diary of an Eccentric for the month of March. 

For Review:

by Kate Quinn

Publish Date: April 3rd 2012
Format: Paperback 512pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"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."

Purchased from B&N:

by Sharon Key Penman
Format: Hardcover 608pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"From the New York Times-bestselling novelist, a stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Coeur de Lion. 
They were called "The Devil's Brood," though never to their faces. They were the four surviving sons of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine. With two such extraordinary parents, much was expected of them. 
But the eldest-charming yet mercurial-would turn on his father and, like his brother Geoffrey, meet an early death. When Henry died, Richard would take the throne and, almost immediately, set off for the Holy Land. This was the Third Crusade, and it would be characterized by internecine warfare among the Christians and extraordinary campaigns against the Saracens. And, back in England, by the conniving of Richard's youngest brother, John, to steal his crown. 
In Lionheart, Sharon Kay Penman displays her remarkable mastery of historical detail and her acute understanding of human foibles. The result is a powerful story of intrigue, war, and- surprisingly-effective diplomacy, played out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land."

What delights arrives at your door?

Copyright © 2012 Svea Love. All Rights Reserved.


Marg said...

I really need to get back to Penman. I am a few books behind now!

Teddyree said...

Sharon Kay Penman is brilliant and I love Roman History so Empress of the Seven Hills sounds great. Enjoy!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Looks like some good historical reads - enjoy

Kaye said...

Two new authors to me. The cover to Empress of the Seven Hills is beautiful - it just draws you into the view. I hope the story draws you in as well. Enjoy!

bermudaonion said...

They both look perfect for you! I hope you love them.

Unknown said...

I love Quinn's book cover. :)

BurtonReview said...

I still haven't read Lionheart, even though I got the AR ages ago. I had read a review that stated it was pretty battle-intensive so that put me off right there. We'll see how it goes!
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Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

This one is new to me. Enjoy!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Beautiful covers and blurbs...enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Nice covers and reads, enjoy!

DCMetroreader said...

I love the cover of Empress of the Seven Hills! Hope it lives up to its gorgeous cover!

Audra said...

Great arrivals! Kate Quinn is on my TBR to start someday and I so enjoyed the Penman when I read it last year.

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

So jealous you received a review copy of Empress of the Seven Hills! I can't wait to read it -- here's hoping my pre-order arrives on release day :-)

I hope you enjoy Lionheart. I don't think it's Penman's best, but I still thought it was very good.

Anna said...

I love historical fiction, so these both look good to me. Happy reading!!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I loved both of Kate Quinn's other books and have been waiting since last year for Empress of the Seven Hills. Only two weeks left until it releases!