Review of When Empires Fall by Katie Jennings

I fell in love with Katie’s books when I read the Dryad Quartet. So naturally, when her new book When Empires Fall came out, I want to read it too. It is a completely different genre from the Dryad Quartet, but I have to say, I really think Jennings found her place in the writing world with this book.




Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall…

The Vassers are America’s greatest family, an empire forged in steel and stone, wealth and prestige. They’re in the business of luxury hotels…and murder.

When the truth is exposed through the letters of a dead woman, all hell breaks loose. The family tries to cope with the allegation that what they thought was a decades old suicide was actually the cold-blooded murder of one of their own.

Things only get worse when they realize the killer is still among them.

Enter the newest generation of Vasser heirs:  three siblings now running the Vasser Hotel in New York City, each with their own agenda. Principled and serious Grant; charming playboy Linc; and ruthlessly secretive Madison. They soon discover that swimming in the undercurrents of their own family’s dark past could prove to be disastrous.

Family may be the ties that bind, but When Empires Fall, they are the ties that kill.


My Review:

I loved this book from the first page. It reminded of the great soap operas back when they were going strong and still good. Somewhere between Dallas and Young and the Restless.

The characters are well developed, each with their own personality. Jennings drew me into the lives and world of the Vasser family so fully, that I stayed up well after bedtime to read more of them. I could see the hotel and events so clearly in my mind.

If you are looking for a story of full of family intrigue, lies, betrayal, strong sibling bonds, and romance, then this is the book for you. Jennings weaves these things together with a masterful hand. The only thing that would have made this book better is if Victor and Nicki from Young and the Restless had checked into the luxurious New York Vasser Hotel.


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