Mistress of Rome

Mistress of Rome

Book - 2010
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The first in an unforgettable historical saga from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.

"So gripping, your hands are glued to the book, and so vivid it burns itself into your mind's eye and stays with you long after you turn the final page."--Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author

First-century Rome: One young woman will hold the fate of an empire in her hands.

Thea is a captive from Judaea, a clever and determined survivor hiding behind a slave's docile mask. Purchased as a toy for the spoiled heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea evades her mistress's spite and hones a secret passion for music. But when Thea wins the love of Rome's newest and most savage gladiator and dares to dream of a better life, the jealous Lepida tears the lovers apart and casts Thea out.

Rome offers many ways for the resourceful to survive, and Thea remakes herself as a singer for the eternal city's glittering aristocrats. As she struggles for success and independence, her nightingale voice attracts a dangerous new admirer: the Emperor himself. But the passions of an all-powerful man come with a heavy price, and Thea finds herself fighting for both her soul and her destiny.

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 Rome's most powerful man lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor's mistress.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780425232477
Characteristics: 470 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 28, 2013

I thought Mistress of Rome was a great, almost adventure-style book. It really showcased how slaves, especially women, were at the mercy of their masters. They had no lives.

Sep 12, 2012

Very disappointing. Not even in my category of "good trash." Pretty much cardboard characters.

Jul 23, 2012

I'd recommend this especially for anyone who enjoys the Starz show "Spartacus." It has a similar flavor without being as...explicit.

Jul 04, 2012

This is historical fiction that is fun and interesting. It is a regular Roman soap opera complete with villians that you love to hate and heros that you love. It also supplied a good dose of intrigue, dark secrets and corruption. All the makings of a good entertaining story.

Sep 24, 2011

set in Rome round AD70-95 in the colloseum and gladiator times, book was well written and descritpive of times, really enjoyed it.

Sep 06, 2011

Unputdownable. Quinn breathes life into a vivid part of history and strong factual and fictional characters make this series very likeable. Thrilled at the hint of a third book to come. Very highly recommended.

May 23, 2011

The best book I've ever read that held by interest at all times. When first looking at the book, I nearly left it on the shelf as it wasn't my 'normal' reading material. How glad I am that I chose to take it home instead. A bit gory, but thoroughly enjoyable and exciting.

Nov 22, 2010

A book that is hard to put down!


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