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This sweeping and powerful epic tells the story of one of the bloodiest years in Rome’s history through the eyes of two remarkable women fighting for survival.

A.D. 69. 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.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS comes a powerful Roman epic, perfect for those who loved the HBO mini-series ROME.

Readers LOVE Kate Quinn:

‘One of my absolute all-time favourite books ever!! Read it four times now and I still can’t get enough of it.’ ***** Reader Review

‘I would recommend it to anyone.’ ***** Reader Review

One of my favourites!!! I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Roman history.’ ***** Reader Review

‘Wow! What a book! This is the best book I have read for a really long time. I couldn’t put it down. WOW WOW WOW!!‘ ***** Reader Review

‘A spellbinding novel that gripped me from the start and I really can’t wait to read the sequel.’ ***** Reader Review

‘I love reading novels set in Roman times and this was certainly one of the best I have read in a very long time.’ ***** Reader Review