now reading...Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

Release Date:  April 6, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  First century Rome: a world of depravity, blood, and secrets. The enigmatic Emperor Domitian watches over all, fearing murder from every side . . . except from the woman who fascinates him most.

Thea is a slave girl from Judaea; musical, wary, and passionate. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea and her mistress will become rivals for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome’s newest and most savage gladiator. His love brings Thea the first happiness of her life – quickly ended when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.

As Lepida goes on to wreak havoc in the life of a new husband and his family, Thea remakes herself as a polished singer for Rome’s aristocrats. Unwittingly, she attracts another admirer in the charismatic Emperor of Rome. But Domitian’s games have a darker side, and Thea finds herself fighting for both soul and sanity. Many have tried to destroy the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a streetwise child, a Vestal Virgin. But in the end, the life of the brilliant and ruthless Domitian lies in the hands of one woman: a slave girl who has come to be called the Mistress of Rome . . .

Based on the life and death of one of Rome’s most depraved Emperors. 




  1. Ooh, I just finished this today! I definitely enjoyed it...enjoy :)

  2. This looks like such a good read, and the cover is just beautiful! I have recently been reading a lot about ancient Rome, and this is just one more book about the area and time that I feel I must rush out to buy! Great synopsis, I will have to let you know what I think of it after I read it!

  3. I'm just starting this one tonight...

  4. I'm planning on starting this in the next couple of weeks. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

  5. I didn't like this book at all. The third and first person POVs really made it difficult for me.

  6. This is an era I have read very little about. This sounds like a complex, interesting book.

  7. Someday I will burgle your library :P


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