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The Splendor Before the Dark

(2018)
(The second book in the Nero series)
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Nero’s ascent to the throne was only the beginning....Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome’s most infamous emperor cements his place in history.

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned.

But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero’s complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace—and the politicians....

For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome’s—and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible.

Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world has ever known.

 “A resplendent novel filled with the gilt and marble of the ancient world.”—C. W. Gortner, author of The Romanov Empress

Genre: Historical

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"An incredible talent...she can stand in the shoes of her protagonist and speak in his or her voice." - Barbara Taylor Bradford


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November 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark (Nero Series, 2)
Author(s): Margaret George
ISBN: 1-5098-4021-4 / 978-1-5098-4021-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author(s): Margaret George
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Title: Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark (Nero Series, 2)
Author(s): Margaret George
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author(s): Margaret George
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Title: Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark
Author(s): Margaret George
ISBN: 1-5098-4022-2 / 978-1-5098-4022-9 (UK edition)
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November 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author(s): Margaret George
ISBN: 0-525-64093-2 / 978-0-525-64093-6 (USA edition)
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author(s): Margaret George
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author(s): Margaret George
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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November 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark (Nero Series Book 2)
Author(s): Margaret George
Publisher: Macmillan
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November 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark (Nero Series)
Author(s): Margaret George
Publisher: Macmillan
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Title: The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero
Author(s): Margaret George
Publisher: Berkley
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