Review & Giveaway: The Emperor's Assassin by Autumn Bardot

The Emperor's Assassin by Autumn Bardot

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Flores Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 437 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

History paints her as the first female serial killer…

Locusta is the daughter of a winemaker in the Roman province of Gaul. She enjoys the indulged childhood of the elite, her concerns only about the day’s amusements. She rides gentle ponies, attends parties, reads Ovid, and learns the herbal arts from her servant. But the day after meeting her betrothed, Locusta discovers the consequences of possessing such dangerous knowledge.

Ordered to leave her pastoral life, Locusta is thrust into a world of intrigue, scandal, and murder—where treason lurks behind every corner and defying an emperor means death. Locusta’s life changes forever when a young Emperor Nero requires her herbal expertise. And commands her to be his personal poisoner. Caught in an imperial web, Locusta must embrace her profession or die.

Or is there another way out?

History paints her as the first female serial killer. Or is she yet another maligned woman in history?

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Have you ever finished a book and thought "well, in the heck am I supposed to write a review worthy enough?!" That's me with The Emperor's Assassin!

This is my third book of Bardot's that I've had the pleasure of reading and I swear, her writing gets better with each book! I have to say that this one is my favorite so far...that is until her next one comes out :)

"I will not allow one man to destroy my life," I said. "He may use my body, but he will not conquer my spirit."

Locusta, the infamous maker of poisons from history, takes center stage in The Emperor's Assassin.

Yong Locusta lives with her father on their winery estate and servant-turned-friend Pricilla. After the demise of her betrothal and when her mentally-ill father forgets to pay taxes on their winery, Locusta must travel to Rome to try to get an audience with Emperor Claudius for an extension on the payment due.

Pricilla is an herbalist and teaches Locusta the trade, but soon the student surpasses the teacher and her talent is soon known to those in Rome, eventually reaching the new Emperor Nero, and his step-mother Agrippina. When tasked by Nero and Agrippina to work for them...well, how can a girl say no to an Emperor?

I absolutely loved, loved, loved The Emperor's Assassin and wholeheartedly recommend it. I am a huge fan-girl of Bardot's and will read anything she writes!

Disclaimer: This book contains violence and sexual abuse/rape.

About the Author

Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and historical erotica. Her debut historical fiction is THE IMPALER'S WIFE. Her debut historical erotica is LEGENDS OF LUST.

Autumn, a pen name, has worked as an educator for more than sixteen years. She teaches literature, writing, and the magic of words. She has a passion for history and a special affinity for the unsung courageous females that history has neglected. Or misunderstood. Autumn lives in Southern California with her husband and every-growing family. She wishes she was one-tenth as brave as the women she writes about.

Historical Fiction
~ The Impaler's Wife
~ Dragon Lady
~ The Emperor's Assassin

Historical Erotica (Cleis Press)
~ Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World
~ Confessions of a Sheba Queen (coming March 10, 2020)

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 22
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Wednesday, October 23
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, October 25
Review at Al-Alhambra

Monday, October 28
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Wednesday, October 30
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, October 31
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Friday, November 1
Guest Post at History from a Woman’s Perspective

Monday, November 4
Review at Jessica Belmont

Tuesday, November 5
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, November 6
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, November 7
Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog

Friday, November 8
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Monday, November 11
Review at Books and Zebras
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, November 12
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

Thursday, November 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, November 15
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
Review at WTF Are You Reading?


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of The Emperor's Assassin! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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The Emperor's Assassin

1 comment:

  1. OOooh, you have me needing this one -- it sounds awesome! And I love lesser known historical figures getting the limelight!


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