Mistress of Rome

Mistress of Rome An exciting debut a vivid richly imagined saga of ancient Rome from a masterful new voice in historical fiction Thea is a slave girl from Judaea passionate musical and guarded Purchased as a toy f

  • Title: Mistress of Rome
  • Author: Kate Quinn
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An exciting debut a vivid, richly imagined saga of ancient Rome from a masterful new voice in historical fiction Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea will become her mistress s rival for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome s newest and most savage gladiator His love brings An exciting debut a vivid, richly imagined saga of ancient Rome from a masterful new voice in historical fiction Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea will become her mistress s rival for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome s newest and most savage gladiator His love brings Thea the first happiness of her life that is 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 Vestal Virgin But in the end, the life of the brilliant and paranoid Domitian lies in the hands of one woman the Emperor s mistress.

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    About “Kate Quinn

    • Kate Quinn

      Kate Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor s and Master s degree in Classical Voice A lifelong history buff, she has written seven historical novels, including the bestselling The Alice Network, the Empress of Rome Saga, and the Borgia Chronicle All have been translated into multiple languages Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

    326 thoughts on “Mistress of Rome

    • I was very pleasantly surprised by this book I took it because I didn t know what to read next I thought it will be some shallow romance story, but I was wrong This book is great It has everything interesting plot constantly something happens, this book is full of events, the plot doesn t drag on , great characters I loved narration from different points of view here, you get to know a whole palette of amazing characters and quality it s very important that the book is well written, and here the [...]

    • The first time I realized I loved reading was when I was eight and had finished reading The Vicar of Wakefield I still remember the feeling I had when I clutched the book in my hand and declared I loved reading It was not because the particular book in question was extraordinary, regardless of its status as a classic, but it was the first time a book has completely captured my attention that everything else seemed pale in comparison I have read a number of books after this one and loved a few of [...]

    • Ok people, key word in the synposis is depravity I wish I had paid closer attention I spent this entire novel trying to find a character I could at least like if not relate to in some way It didn t happen.Thea is a Jewish slave that works for Lepida, a Roman lady Both Thea and Lepida develope lustful feelings towards the newest, fiercest, most famous gladiator, Arius The first quarter of the novel really drew me in as Arius spurns Lepida she has the eyes of a ferret, apparently and begins a rath [...]

    • I bought this on a whim I didn t read the back, I didn t read any reviews, I certainly didn t read the page of critic s praise just inside the cover Every time I ve gone on these indicators lately, I ve been incredibly disappointed So, I bought this one based on GASP the cover I was skeptical as the first several pages are describing a self harming ritual of one of the main characters I was even a little disgusted by such a transparent hook, but I found that I couldn t put the book down In fact, [...]

    • Oh.Kate Quinn is the queen of characterization Seriously Every person in this book has been carefully and thoroughly planned Kate gave them flaws, a past, their own strengths and weaknesses She gave them voice of their own and made them stand out in a crowd She made them all, Thea, Arius, Lepida, even the minor characters, truly unforgettable and only a great writer can do that.Thea was my favourite character She was fragile, yet incredibly strong person Life wasn t easy for her, being a slave, [...]

    • Its very rare that I give a book a 5 star rating ,but this book deserves it.This book from the start drew me into the story the characters and wouldnt let goI would put the book aside to slow down as I didnt want it to come to the end.d yet I kept picking it back up.d it kept drawing me back into Thea s Arius lives story.The author writes in the first person for some of the characters which may seem confusing to some at first But you get to know each person in their private life with shocking ev [...]

    • 3.5 To my grandparents, Glenn Marylou Reed Quinn,who are no longer here to read this book, but who would undoubtedly have cracked a bottle of champagne bought a dozen copies.My favourite dedication of the year.I didn t respond quite so strongly to the book I don t need a likeable heroine Forever Amber Gone with the Wind remain as two of my favourite novels I think the problem is that I felt nothing for Thea at all found most of the other female characters interesting Maybe I need a likeable her [...]

    • While I liked this book a lot, I m surprised so many reviewers have described it as literary For me, it was a trashy potboiler, a definite guilty pleasure albeit a very well researched one with lots of enjoyable historical detail and exciting action The vivid depiction of everyday goings on in ancient Rome brings the period and settings to life in a way the modern reader can easily relate to I can see this book being turned into a film or TV miniseries, in fact I wouldn t be at all surprised if [...]

    • If I could reach for the stars, I would give it all to MOR 3 Have you ever read something that flows so smoothly, that the entire novel seems to unfurl in your mind to become such an epic movie That is the brilliance of Mistress of Rome.Quinn is a remarkable writer and storyteller She flawlessly breathe life to her characters each and everyone of them She made you Thea, the slave girl turned singer turned Mistress of Rome She made you understand Thea s pain, love, and heartbreak when she was mis [...]

    • I picked up this book based on the cover recommendations of authors including Diana Gabaldon and Margaret George, and was not disappointed This is a fun, enthralling romp through ancient Rome I would classify this as of a guilty pleasure page turner rather than literary as George suggests, but that is what makes it a great summer read I would have preferred the author kept to either third or first person rather than alternating back and forth, and the dialogue was a bit modern American for hist [...]

    • That moment when you go in expecting a Roman version of a Regency era historical romancebut instead you get a Gladiator level storyline meets Game of Thrones level cruelty and wickedness It s an understatement to say that this book took me by surprise Given the pretty cover, the title, the genre listings, and the book description I was expecting either a corny historical romance novel or a silly, light hearted story like Curses and Smoke What smacked me in the face instead was a whole lot of per [...]

    • Historical fiction at its finest I absolutely loved this book Once I started it, I could not leave it The story just flowed The author was great at depicting all the characters in this book I must say I loved Thea as much as I detested Lepida I love fiction that takes place in ancient Rome and this book is definitely a winner.

    • 4.5 Stars Wow, what a story I was under its spell from the very first page, and I could not put it down, mainly because I was instantly drawn to the lead characters, Arius and Thea They are both slaves, subject to the whims of the Roman aristocracy They are both fighting to survive Arius in the arena, and Thea in the service of her truly awful mistress, Lepida I loved them both, but my heart really went out to Thea This was my first experience with a character who cuts herself, and I was surpris [...]

    • Mistress of Rome took some time to hook me, but when it did I couldn t put it down I adored some characters and absolutely loathed others A great character driven read.

    • The Nastiness of Ancient RomeIn Kate Quinn s new debut novel Mistress of Rome, she presents the raw, blood and guts side of the ancient city and it s people I was eager to read this historical novel, this time period is one of my favorites However, I can t say I enjoyed it I struggled and struggled and had to quit about 3 4 of the way through I was astounded that on the cover of the ARC, there was an endorsement blurb by the queen of historical fiction, Margaret George, calling this book literar [...]

    • I was never really interested in stories about gladiators and ancient Rome, but this book about a slave woman who falls in love with a gladiator during Emperor Domitian s time and becomes enmeshed in a tangle of imperial politics and social injustices changed all that I like how the fictional protagonists are sensible and astute, and how their characters perfectly blend in with the story s historical backdrop and portrayals of real life people, as if they too lived in the past The story is engag [...]

    • I tried very hard to like this one Set in ancient Rome, during the reign of Emperor Domitian, it tells the story of two doomed lovers, Thea and Arius, who struggle not just for freedom but also to save their very lives Along the way, we get a tour of the Colosseum s deadly games, with plenty of descriptive gore and violence, and if that s not enough, Thea s and Arius abuse at the hands of others is also lovingly described There s also Domitian, who is clearly just as mad as previous Emperors, an [...]

    • This is a long overdue review for a book that I m crazy about This isn t the kind of dry or overly artsy narrative that sometimes puts people off historical fiction This is an extremely dynamic novel in the tradition of Spartacus, Gladiator, or HBO s Rome.It s splashy, salacious, adventurous good fun with a kick ass protagonist and villains who need to die Quinn takes a mysterious historical assassination and invents a whole cast of characters to explain everything in an exciting and thought pro [...]

    • Bloody Fantastic Book Bursting with amazing characters, some you will fall madly in love with, while others you will just love to despise Corruption, Jeolousy, Murder, Conspiracy, Heartbreak, Adultry, Passion, and above all Love detail this courageous and brilliant first novel of the amazing Kate Quinn Fast paced, and jaw clenching, this is a story for the masses A definate page turner, with a guarantee to keep you up all night, ignore the family, and sneak as many reading breaks from work as po [...]

    • Not a fan of romance novels but love reading about Ancient Rome Give this book a try I did and I m glad for it I was pleasantly surprised by Mistress of Rome I really liked the writing style and I loved the characters But I have other books to read Mrs Quinn and now you ve got me wrapped up in the lives of Arius, Thea, Vix, Marcus, and Sabina It s on to book two for me My favorite part of the book GanymedeGanymedeGanymede Take that you stupid bitch hahaha I d give this book a 4.5 rating.

    • Este libro es una aut ntica telenovela romana Tenemos un poco de todo intrigas y traiciones, romance y depravaci n, drama del bueno y acci n sangrienta en el coliseo Los personajes tienen mucha fuerza y est n bien definidos Parece que la autora se ha documentado bastante para escribir la novela pero no se ve suficientemente bien reflejada la poca ni aporta informaci n relevante, solo aporta una leve ambientaci n y algunos datos interesantes Y seamos sinceros, calidad literaria NULA, aqui lo que [...]

    • In the summer of 1993 in between my junior and senior year in high school I had the unique opportunity to travel to Rome as part of the Travel and Tourism program at my school We spent 9 days in Rome with a day trip to Florence and walked what felt like to be a gazillion miles Though after a horrific experience with the taxi drivers of Rome, the walking didn t seem all that bad after all One of my favorite sights following, of course, the Sistine Chapel was the Coliseum This massive work of Roma [...]

    • Okay, what can I say that can express how much I enjoyed Mistress of Rome Hmm I enjoyed this book as much as I d enjoy a quiet evening with Mr Owen Yes, that much.I was swept into the story effortlessly and carried along with the characters I went into the reading figuring as a first novel, if I enjoyed the read, as I ve enjoyed other writing here by this author, I d give it 3 or 4 stars I d read reviews about Mistress of Rome that made me nervous The POV jumps, the gratuitous sex and the blood [...]

    • This was my kind of book I purchased this bad boy for 3 dollars at Big Lots who even knew they sold books along with a couple others all under 5 bucks Can t beat that I had this book on my to be read shelf for quite some time, so naturally when I found it for so cheap, I was ecstatic Wahoo for cheap books The very quick synopsis spoilers This is a book about old Rome We are following a slave girl whose lover is a gladiator, but their love gets separated when Thea s master sells her off to a whor [...]

    • This story gave me everything I love in a good novel intense family drama, action, solid character development, deep love, with many historical facts used as the foundation or as much fact that we know of this time period Loved the characters As tortured and damaged as they were, they perservered I really cared about what happened to each of them I do recognize that some of the storyline didn t fit together perfectly, but I was able to look over that Because of this book, I now want to read abo [...]

    • Great cover The story was very interesting, but dark I was very frustrated at times I thought living in the Medieval Times would have been bad, but this tops it Loved Thea and Arius The Julia parts lost me at times, but it all came together.This would make a great mini series I can t wait to see what Kate does with part 2 with Vix and Sabina.

    • I felt like this had a little bit of a slow start not that it was boring, I just thought it took a little while for the plot to really kick in But once it did wow, did it kick in Kate Quinn is one of those authors who can master both compelling characterization and thrilling plots.There s so much going on, the plot takes a couple turns I wasn t really expecting, and there s so many interesting characters that you ll either love to love, or love to hate.I definitely can t wait to read the rest of [...]

    • Disclaimer This book was acquired from Barnes and Noble for Nook at full price This is an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind All opinions are fully my own Judi E Easley for Blue Cat ReviewMy Review Sarah suggested I read this series, and as usual, she was right This first book of the series starts out with a couple that you cheer for even when they do awful things to get by They have been dealt such lousy hands in this game, it just doesn t seem fair that every ti [...]

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