Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

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...Mistress of Rome is impeccably researched and beautifully executed. Such an accomplished debut can only augur many more impressive historical novels to come!
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The first gripping historical fiction novel in national bestselling author Kate Quinn's Empress of Rome saga.

First-century Rome: a world of depravity, blood, and secrets. The ruthless and enigmatic Emperor Domitian watches over all—and fixes his gaze on one humble young woman….

Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia. Now she has infuriated her mistress by capturing the attention of Rome’s newest and most savage gladiator—and though his love brings Thea the first happiness of her life, their affair ends quickly when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.

Remaking herself as a singer for Rome’s aristocrats, Thea unwittingly attracts another admirer: the charismatic Emperor of Rome. But the passions of an all-powerful man come with a heavy price, and Thea finds herself fighting for both her soul and her sanity. Many have tried to destroy the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin. But in the end, the life of Domitian lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor’s mistress.


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About Kate Quinn

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Kate Quinn lives with her husband in Long Beach, California. She is the author of Mistress of Rome and Daughters of Rome. Visit her website: katequinnauthor.com.
 
Published April 2, 2010 by Berkley. 483 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Ann Pedtke on May 01 2010

...Mistress of Rome is impeccably researched and beautifully executed. Such an accomplished debut can only augur many more impressive historical novels to come!

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Below average
on Apr 06 2010

There’s very little to no character development with any of the main or lesser characters; in fact, Lepida’s “voice” at age 14 is more or less the same as when she’s in her 20s! It wasn’t believable to me.

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