Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn

Title: Lady of the Eternal City
Author: Kate Quinn
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publish Date: March 3, 2015
Source: I received a copy as part of the publisher's blog tour; however, this did not affect my review.

What's the Story?:

From "Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome’s brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix’s beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor’s latest obsession.

Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City . . ."

My Two Cents:

"Lady of the Eternal City" is the fourth book in Kate Quinn's wonderful The Empress of Rome series. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for such a long time and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! In "Lady of the Eternal City," the infamous Hadrian is finally emperor. For Quinn's characters, this does not necessarily mean good things. Hadrian's rule will bring many changes, both to Roman rule and in the personal lives of the character. Many of the beloved characters such as Sabina, Vix, and Titus are back in this book as well as many new characters, which I fell for quickly.

This book is the fourth book in the series and takes place about a year after the previous book. You could probably read this book as a stand alone book but you should not! For my fellow historical fiction lovers, this series is such a treat. Filled with memorable characters and exquisite historical detail, this book and the rest of the series will pull you in. You should really treat yourself and read the series from the beginning.

The characters are definitely a major draw for this book. I was very excited to go back to characters that I loved in the previous books. It was a treat to see what the likes of Vix, a former gladiator, and Sabina, who is married to Emperor Hadrian, were up to. We are also introduced to several more characters that really make for some fun reading. Quinn writes characters that you really begin to feel for and care about. So much happens to these characters and there are so many twists and turns that kept me on my toes (unfortunately, I cannot divulge them as I don't want to give anything away).

As with Quinn's other books, the world building is fantastic. Ancient Rome and her territories are pretty remote in many modern day readers' minds but through great writing and thorough historical detail, these places really come to life. The way that the detail is woven into the story is wonderful. This book is definitely a full body experience.

There are some books that take a long time to read because you are just not into the story. There are the good books that you read a normal pace. There are other books that you fly through because they are just so good. Then, there is a final category of books where you read the book incredibly slowly because you know with every page you turn, you are closer to the end and you know that you're going to have an overwhelming feeling of sadness when you get to the last page because it means that a fantastic story is coming to the end. This is definitely one of those books that fits firmly in the last category! I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting Quinn's next release.


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  1. I have read the first book in this series, so I'm sure you won't be surprised that I've been looking to get my hands on the others as and eagerly awaiting the release of this latest part.

    That said, your superlative comment citing the way one reads when one treasures an outstanding read and knows it can only be freshly appreciated when it's totally new to one's mind really caught my attention. I might have to put some special priority on getting into the other books and setting aside long blocks of time to enjoy them ASAP. Reading experiences like the one you describe having with this book are to be sought as if they were the functional equivalent of several other very good reads. The read you'll later remember and that you treasure as exceptional in the moment itself (I begin to presume too much about our similarity of reading experience now given what you said. I don't know why I started this sentence using the 2nd person) -- that's priceless and well worth some special efforts or sacrifices in one's reading life/everyday schedule to achieve, according to my mind and prior experience anyhow. I can really only speak for myself of course.

    In any case, thanks very much for your thoughtful review and this great opportunity to read this work for free!

    Kara S

  2. In your post I noted your attention to the characters. I love reading series with returning characters that one has grown to love. This sounds wonderful and I'm adding it and the previous books in the series to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I haven't read any of the books in this series but I just added them all to my goodreads "to read" shelf. This isn't a historical time period I have read much about. I've mostly seen movies and documentaries. Your review was enough to make me want to read more about it - thanks!

  4. When you say wonderful & give a 5 rating... I'd like to read this! !

  5. I love Kate Quinn! And her books!

  6. Your reviews&high rating got my attention.

  7. Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Meg! I'm SO glad you enjoyed this book. :)

  8. A fascinating historical. Thanks for this feature and great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I haven't read any of Kate Quinn's Empress novels but I'm not opposed to backtracking if I like a later book in a series.

  10. Ancient Rome is such a fascinating place - so many cultures in one place, plus the drama of politics. I'm going to check out the entire series!

  11. I have been looking forward to Kate Quinn's latest book. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  12. I love Kate Quinn's novels...thank you for the opportunity!!

  13. I love Roman history, and this book sounds amazing with wonderful characters. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  14. Can't wait to read this latest from Kate! She is one of the best!

  15. congrats to Kate!!
    I have some of her books in my TBR pile.....
    thank you for the giveaway!!!!

  16. Had to laugh because I know exactly what you are talking about with that last!
    Sounds like you really enjoyed this one!


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