Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A.D. 69. Nero is dead.
The Roman Empire is up for the taking. With bloodshed spilling out of the palace and into the streets of Rome, chaos has become the status quo. 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 Her sister, Marcella, is more withdrawn, content to witness history rather than make it. Even so, Marcella has her share of distinguished suitors, from a cutthroat contender for the throne to a politician’s son who swears that someday he will be Emperor.
But when a bloody coup turns their world upside down, Cornelia and Marcella—along with their cousins, one a collector of husbands and lovers, the other a horse-mad beauty with no interest in romance—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.
I spent two months on it, but to be fair I took a break from it for about a month so it really was only about a month and a half. I kind of struggled to get past the first two parts but the last two felt a lot more natural, taking a break really helped me. But still the award for longest time spent on one book this year goes to Daughters of Rome. It also has the honor of being the last historical fiction based in ancient Italy that I'll be reading for a while.
I liked the story and the relationship between the characters, but it felt like it was all just thrown together. There wasn't any real transitions they'd be in one place and suddenly start thinking about what happened somewhere else.
Overall though, it was pretty good. I really liked the way it ended.
Plus I couldn't help but admire Marcella, I don't know why but I've always been drawn to characters like her.
I kind of hesitated on my rating of it since I thought it deserved higher than a 3 but I couldn't bring myself to give it a 4.