Title: Daughters of Rome
Author: Kate Quinn
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication date: April 5th, 2011
Category: Historical Fiction
Source: Bought it from a closing book store
Rating: 3/5 stars
Source of Featured Image: katequinnauthor.com
I was at a shopping center in April/May this year and noticed this book store was closing down. I went inside and found this book. I thought it would be perfect to review since I have an interest in history. I loved the idea of ancient Roman times so this novel brought me to a world full of drama and danger.
‘Daughters of Rome’ follows four Roman cousins: Cornelia, Marcella, Lollia and Diana as they travel on their paths of love, manipulation and uncertainty. Cornelia hopes to become empress of Rome whilst Marcella writes passionately on the historical events, going above and beyond to obtain the information she so seeks.
Throughout the story, the two sisters come to realise their true destiny whilst battling the many challenges and traumatic events laid out in front of them. Their cousins Lollia and Diana are distracted by their own lives; Lollia collects a number of husbands and while she does that Diana is always off at the races to watch her beloved horses triumph over the other teams.
The chapters are structured in a way which gives readers an alternating point of view from one cousin to the next but there is an emphasis on Cornelia and Marcella. There are however chapters which can focus only on one or two characters because of major events in the story. Each part of the novel revolves around the different emperors throughout the novel instead of it being ‘Part 1’, ‘Part 2’ etc.
During my reading, I really liked the range of point of views as it gave me an insight into how each of the characters think and act. Even though I couldn’t attach myself to a specific character (all the cousins have reasons to why they act the way they do), I still found the book an engaging and suspenseful read. From emperor to emperor, you don’t really know how the power will shift to the next ruler and in the meantime you come to understand the cousins a lot more as you delve further on in the novel. It is also interesting to read about how Roman life could have been back then and how Kate Quinn has actually included some real-life characters from Roman times. Which ones? I will not say, you will have to read the book yourself to find out.
If you are looking for a little bit of Roman history, drama and turmoil than this is the book for you. Whilst you read ‘Daughters of Rome’ you won’t be able to predict what will happen as you become more and more immersed into the ancient Roman times.
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Next book I’m reviewing: Black Venus by James MacManus