Finally finished Empire over the weekend; it was quite entertaining, but, as so often happens to me with multi-generation sagas, I kept forgetting stuff that had happened beforehand. I think FL Justice on our forum posted an excellent review and I agree: Saylor doesn't develop his female characters enough, though women exerted considerable power in ancient Rome, and there was a little too much telling of past events, while characters sat around admiring sculptures. But Saylor is a marvelous craftsman, and this book is huge, covering a lot of territory, so these are small quibbles in an otherwise impressive feat.
To Defy A King is next on my list and I'm very excited to read it, but I'm taking a few days' pause to read my page proofs for The Tudor Secret, which are due back to my editor by 9/13.
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN