Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Daughters of Rome Review

388 pages
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.

Another wonderful historical fiction in this series. Again when I picked up this book I wasn't sure where exactly it would historically take place in ancient Rome and I was pleasantly surprised to find its tie-in to the first novel.  The four Cornelia's differences created some wonderful characters. However, the two main sisters were the most interesting. The way that Marcella silently influenced things was definitely unexpected. I definitely enjoyed the character of Diana the most because she remained true to herself and saw more than the others knew. Although I enjoyed this book I did feel at times that it was a bit slow and not as interesting as Mistress of Rome.  I liked how there was more to the girls than how they perceived each other. I found it interesting that they all grew up together yet there were sides to them that the others didn't see or understand. All of the girls go through many changes based on their personal struggles and it makes this book an interesting read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and ancient Rome.


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