Mistress of Rome

Mistress of Rome

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Penguin Putnam
The first in an unforgettable historical saga from the USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network.
 
“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: 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.

Random House, Inc.
The first in an unforgettable historical saga from the USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network.
 
“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: A ruthless emperor watches over all—and fixes his gaze on one 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.

Baker & Taylor
A slave girl, Thea, displeases her jealous mistress by her love affair with Rome's newest and most savage gladiator and must remake herself as a singer for Rome's aristocrats, where she catches the eye of the Emperor of Rome. Original.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2010/04/06
Edition: Berkley trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780425232477
0425232476
Branch Call Number: R FICTION QUINN
Characteristics: 470 p. ; 21 cm

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re_discover
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.

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shapjul
Sep 12, 2012

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

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shanahinds
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.

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fatcat21
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.

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cookiebear174
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.

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Caz1310
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.

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dileahy
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.

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Mikkel
Nov 22, 2010

A book that is hard to put down!

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