Thursday, June 30

Book Review: The Daughters of Rome

Title: Daughters of Rome

Author: Kate Quinn

Pages: 364

Summary: 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 manoeuvre 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.

My Rating: 4.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, while eventually I did enjoy the first book I read by the author, this one fell short of my expectations.
I enjoyed the historical background of Rome, I found it to be interesting, and the author did a good job at weaving the characters into the history and making it her own. Although I did find it have a bit of a modern twist, I did find I liked that aspect of it.

On the other hand, I found the characters, to ruin the book. I found them to be one sided, they had no depth to them. The conniving, manipulating character was just that. The sporty girl character, was just that - it took away any interest I had in the story, because the characters were poorly constructed. I also found certain aspects and revelations throughout the book, to not work with the story as a whole, one revelation really didn't work. I could see a few hints at it, especially with the prologue of the book, but there wasn't enough to support this so it wasn't very believable and it didn't work out or me in the end.

Overall, I enjoyed some of the historical background of Rome, but I found the overall plot and characterization didn't work out for me - the characters, pretty much ruined the book for me.

Would I recommend it to read: No, this book didn't work out well - I'd recommend Mistress of Rome, but definitely not this book.

What to read next: Mistress of Rome, Nefertiti, or other books by Michelle Moran - similar settings.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Spring Reading Thing


  1. I really loved Mistress of Rome and had been hoping that this one would be interesting as well, but it sounds as if the characters and plot points were a little underdeveloped. I am still going to be reading this one, I am just going to have to adjust my expectations. Great review, as usual, Jules :)

  2. Zibilee - The book just didn't work. Something was missing from it. I hope you enjoy the book more than I did.