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I am Livia

I Am Livia - Phyllis T. Smith

Author: Phyllis T. Smith


Rating  A "Meh" 3 stars


This was the story of Livia Drusilla, wife of Ceasar (Augustus). This book was well-written and very interesting - for the first half. Then it dragged for me. I had read a few books where Livia featured in the background so I knew OF her and had an idea of the events that would happen. Maybe that was why? 


Livia's actions in the beginning are unfathomable, I don't care how you try to spin it - marrying the man responsible for the deaths of those dear to her and then saying "Peace Out!" to her husband and newborn children to become Cesar's wife, didn't make her sympathetic or easy to relate to.  Though I give Ms. Smith credit for trying.


Anyways, I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it. It's not a bad read.  Though it was written in the vein of a YA novel more than standard historical fiction. Though to be fair, for half the book Livia is 14-18 years old.


So in in short, a fair piece of historical fiction. 


I recommend Cleopatra's Daughter by Michele Moran as a follow up as this book ends right where that book picks up.