Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Kate Quinn

I’VE walked past this on the shelf many times.

To me, the cover spoke of a his­tor­i­cal ro­mance novel and to a cer­tain point it does en­com­pass both.

What it doesn’t in­di­cate is the work­ing Rome it­self; from the lowly le­gion­naire to the Em­peror and his con­niv­ing wife.

The story starts with Vix, an ex- glad­i­a­tor who has spent five years in Bri­tan­nia, re­turn­ing to Rome to seek glory.

What he finds is steady em­ploy­ment and the love of his Lord’s daugh­ter who is slated to be the next Em­press of Rome, should the cur­rent Em­press have her way, be­fore it falls apart and he joins the le­gions.

En­twined through­out the tale are philoso­phies, po­lit­i­cal ma­noeu­vrings and the oc­ca­sional rip- roar­ing bat­tle; as Em­peror Tra­jan and the Ea­gle of Rome spreads its wings for dom­i­nance of its neigh­bours.

I was sur­prised at how much I en­joyed the Em­press of Rome – I read it in one sit­ting.

The tale flows eas­ily, so pick up a copy and try it for your­self.

It starts out a lit­tle bru­tal in lan­guage and de­pic­tion, but the fur­ther you move in to it the more com­pul­sive the read.

Em­press of Rome doesn’t pon­tif­i­cate, it doesn’t lec­ture you on the his­tory and it is a good bal­ance of fact and fic­tion.

Per­fect for a cold evening, curled up by the fire. Jacq Ellem + Get your dis­counted copy of Em­press of Rome us­ing the coupon be­low.

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