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Saturday, March 24, 2018

New Book Alert: The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George & Giveaway


The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
Book 1 in the Nero series
Paperback; 544 pages
Berkley Publishing
March 20, 2018 (Paperback)
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Book Blurb:

Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman or child.

As a boy, Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son's inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.

While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina's machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero's determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become, an Emperor who became legendary.

With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival.

The author will continue Nero’s story in a second book this fall, THE SPLENDOR BEFORE THE DARK, which picks up during the ill-fated, final four years of his young life, as he faces his biggest test and challenge: the Great Fire of Rome.

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About Margaret George:

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Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels of biographical historical fiction, including Elizabeth I, Helen of Troy, Mary, Called Magdalene, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles. She also has written a children’s book, Lucille Lost.

Find Margaret George: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest


In celebration of the paperback release of The Confessions of Young Nero, I have one copy in which to giveaway!  This is only open to the USA as it is being sent out by the publisher.  All entries will be made via the Rafflecopter app below.  The giveaway is open until March 30th 2018.  Good luck!

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  1. I love Margaret George, although I'm a bit surprised at this new choice of subject!

    1. It is a little different from her other subject matter.

  2. Difficult subject for a novel.

    1. It definitely can be, especially if it's your main character and how to connect the reader to the character.

  3. It always seemed to me that the popular take on Nero's life was a bit unfair. Hope to get some new insights from this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    1. My husband has always found Nero interesting, so I'm looking forward to his perspective.


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