Book Review for THE SPLENDOR BEFORE DARK by Margaret George

Nero Series, Book 2
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An epic read filled with drama, intense relationships, and all best of what Roman history has to give.

THE SPLENDOR BEFORE DARK is historical fiction at its finest. George expertly transports her readers in time while opening up a world of love, betrayal, and the need for power to her readers.


There are so many things I love about this book as well as the series. However, the one which stands out the most is the writing. The eloquence, the flow, and the effortless depiction of an ancient civilization make this book so good. I loved the way I was able to experience life through Nero's and a few of the other characters’ eyes. This made the story so much more real.

I know this is a book set in ancient Rome, but there was an intensely modern feel to it. The way the characters interacted and spoke was intrinsically steeped in history, but the was that something which transcends into the present.

Hands down...this is a book not to be missed. CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO was good, but this book is amazing.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ascending to the throne was only the beginning... Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome's most infamous emperor cements his place in history.

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned.

But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero's complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace--and the politicians...

For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome's--and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible.

Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world had ever known.

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Read the Review for Book 1 in the Emperor Nero Series

About the Author: Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of novels of biographical historical fiction, including The Confessions of Young Nero; Elizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles; and The Autobiography of Henry VIII. She also has coauthored a children's book, Lucille Lost.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 592 pages
Series: Nero, Book 2
Publisher: Berkley (November 6, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399584617
ISBN-13: 978-0399584619

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