“Thrilling...with one of the greatest authors of historical fiction
as our guide, it’s a glorious ride.”

USA Today (read the entire review)

The Novel of Imperial Rome

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Empire - Steven Saylor

“Saylor’s encyclopedic knowledge and sense of detail are on ample display,
as is his impressive ability to weave centuries of history into an entertaining narrative
...[a] magnificent feat of storytelling.”
Historical Fiction Review

“May one day be seen as his magnum opus. It is certainly the most ambitious of his novels thus far, and the grandest in its sweeping scope and attention to detail...full of power and pathos.”—Ben Witherington, The Bible and Culture (read the entire review)

I rate a book by whether I simply read it or devour it. This I devoured.” —Rob Cain, Ancient Rome Refocused (read the entire review; hear an interview with Steven at the same page)

Meticulous research and brilliant storytelling...What impressed me most was the novel’s powerful emotional impact: the pain of unrequited love, hopes disappointed or friendship betrayed as well as the joy of a love returned, spiritual enlightenment or simply being alive. This is a great book by a great writer.” —
newbooks magazine [UK] (read the entire review)

Love stories, including forbidden ones, intrigue, action in the Arena, thrilling escapes, tons of “it can’t be true but actually it was” anecdotes...as well as many superb characters—you will find all in these almost 600 pages. With extraordinary detail and world building, Empire is a clear work of love for the author and the single best novel he has written.” —Fantasy Book Critic (read the entire review)

“Saylor is an excellent guide through this fascinating underworld. Superb historical fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Historical events provide plenty of depraved details and comparisons that beg to be drawn to today; lions and gladiators in the arena, volcanic eruptions, live burials, and master illusionists abound to fire up any number of dinner conversations....Recommended for anyone who enjoys Roman history.”—Library Journal

“Saylor...vividly describes how the family survives the volcanic destruction of Pompeii, the burning of Rome, and the persecution of Jews and Christians...the ending...[may] signal another volume to come in this grand series.” —
Publishers Weekly

“Filled with tales of intrigue, ambition, violence, and suspense...
a vivid evocation of the bloodthirsty, chaotic spectacle that was ancient Rome,
and an example of how the best historical fiction brings the past to life.”

Archaeology Magazine (read the entire review)

Book of the Month Club selection. Forthcoming in Norway, Portugal, Brazil, Poland, Hungary. Looking for Empire at Barnes & Noble? Try the Mystery section. Read the interview “Watching Rome Burn with Steven Saylor

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