At fourteen, Livia Drusilla is politically astute. Overhearing her father plot to assassinate Julius Cesar, she knows that politics are life and death. She is married off to a patrician and ally of her father, Tiberius Claudius Nero. Though the marriage wasn't of her choosing, Livia finds a small measure of happiness even through fleeing political strife. But Octavius, the heir to Julius Cesar's political fortune, must have Livia as his wife. Life as the wife of Rome's most esteemed politician can be draining, but Livia thrives.
This book shows off the softer side of the scorned woman, later known as Julia Augusta. Taking her from a young age to the beginning of the golden age, it shows a woman who cares for her family and Rome. I enjoyed watching her rise to the top of Rome, especially as a woman and one who had been on the losing side of history. The book is very full of plotting!