Book Review for THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO by Margaret George

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THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO is a story not only steeped in history, but infused with the emotion, desires, secrets, and drama. Margaret George has crafted a wonderfully authentic tale that instantly transports her readers into Rome during the time when Nero is growing up and will eventually become Emperor. What truly grabbed me about this book is the character of Nero and how human he was able to come across.


George gave this formidable man a backstory filled with all the reasons why he became who he did. We are given a glimpse into the author's Nero. Also, it is not just Nero that we are able to meet. With an eloquence and impeccable attention to historic detail, all of the characters in this book came alive. It is a gift for an author to be able to take a well known figure in history and re-invent him (or her) for their own purposes. George did just that. Without a doubt, THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO is historical fiction at its best.

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


Plot Summary:

The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history.

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.

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About the Author: Margaret George is the author of the bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIII; Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; and Mary, Called Magdalene.

THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO by Margaret George • Berkley Hardcover • On Sale: March 7, 2016 • Price: $28.00 • ISBN: 9780451473387

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