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Rivals of the Republic: A Blood of Rome Novel (Blood of Rome)

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Rivals of the Republic: A Blood of Rome Novel (Blood of Rome)

Annelise Freisenbruch

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1557-8
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"
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The exhilarating historical novel featuring ancient Rome’s great new heroine, Hortensia, who is “passionate, articulate, fallible and, better still, inspired by a real woman” (Ruth Downie, author of the bestselling Medicus series)

In this “stunning novel” (bestselling author Alison Weir), Annelise Freisenbruch presents the great new heroine of Roman historical fiction, who must navigate the male dominated courts of law in her quest to uncover a sinister plot to overthrow the Republic.

As Rivals of the Republic begins, Roman high society is humming with gossip about the sudden, suspicious suicide of a Roman senator. Shortly afterward, the body of a Vestal Virgin is discovered in the river Tiber. When the Roman authorities turn a strangely blind eye, Hortensia, the daughter of the capital's most celebrated lawyer, begins investigating a trail of murders that leads straight into the dark heart of Rome.

Defying her husband and her father and rebelling against the constraints imposed upon her sex, Hortensia plunges deeper into the corrupt underworld that lurks in the shadows cast by the city's all-powerful elite. When more key witnesses are silenced by an unknown mastermind, Hortensia is forced to seek an unconventional ally: Lucrio, an ex-gladiator with secrets of his own.

Using her supreme knowledge of the period and drawing from historical accounts of the daughter of famed Roman orator Quintus Hortensius Hortalus, Annelise Freisenbruch delivers a meticulously accurate and suspenseful story that will have readers gripped until the final, harrowing pages.

“This is a stunning novel that immerses us in the brutal world of the Roman Empire in the 1st century B.C. Annelise Freisenbruch is a gifted storyteller and tells a riveting tale. Highly recommended!” —Alison Weir, bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen

“Freisenbruch deftly intertwines her plot with the politics of the late republic. The author is strong too on Rome itself and the layers of life, crime and grime in that most fascinating of cities...I look forward to Hortensia's next adventures.” —The Times

“A brilliant debut novel. Rivals of the Republic is an enthralling and convincing imagining of Ancient Rome, by an author who combines profound scholarship with a fluent and readable literary style.” —Harry Sidebottom, bestselling author of the Throne of the Caesars series

Annelise Freisenbruch received her PhD in Classics from Cambridge University. She has worked as a researcher for the BBC and has appeared in documentaries about ancient Rome for PBS and CNN. Her first book, Caesars’ Wives, was published in the US and the UK to critical acclaim and has been translated into eight languages. Rivals of the Republic is her first novel.

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