The Emperor’s Assassin by Autumn Bardot

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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?

Available on Amazon

Hello Bookish Friends,

Today is my stop on The Emperor’s Assassin Book Tour feaI was given the chance to read another book by historical fiction writer Autumn Bardot.

Once again historical fiction writer Autumn Bardot has delivered a vivid, engaging, captivating, novel. I did immediately connect to the writing style just like I have with other books by this author. Bardot writing keeps gets better and better, this is definitely one of my favorite books so far.

Locusta of Gaul, a vintners daughter has been patiently waiting on her marriage negotiations. Hoping her intended is everything her young heart has in mind.

Being the eldest daughter, Locusta must make a favorable match to keep the vineyard afloat. She spends her carefree days reading and learning everything her principle maid Pricilla can instruct her on the healing properties of certain herbs and plants. But, not all plants are used for healing and prevention. Some have a darker side. And can be used for death.

Her older brother is incompetent to take over the vineyard and her father’s mind is slowly slipping more and more. However, when she is introduced to her betrothed, everything comes crashing down. Unforeseen circumstances change the direction her well planned life. The demise of her betrothal and news that her father has neglected to pay the the winery’s estate taxes to the Roman Emperor Claudius.

Locusta along with her longtime maid Pricilla who happens to be a skilled herbalist are sent to Rome, To ask for a pardon for the unpaid winery’s estate taxes.

Things don’t go as planed while staying with relatives in Rome she is denied a pardon. Slowly notorious famed knowledge of herbs becomes knowledge of of Rome’s greedy and ambitious elite. In those days who some wanted to hurry along the deaths of their rivals or their rich relatives, Locusta was so skilled she was able to make the death look like she was from natural causes. Locusta provided her client’s them with the means to accomplish their goals, and became a very rich as a notorious poisoner. Rising very high and infamous.

The book was absorbing and satisfying with gripping intense characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of this story and it had me hooked right from the very first chapter.

I loved every minute of this captivating book from start to finish!,

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 ( coming Oct 1, 2019 )

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?

Giveaway

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

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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