Wednesday, February 23

Mistress of Rome Review

(I literally gobbled this one up. I wanted to read it all the time. Even when I had to go to school or work or hang out with friends I couldn't wait to get home and read it!)

Author: Kate Quinn
Title: Mistress of Rome
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 470
First Published: 2010
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

"First-century Rome: A World of depravity, blood, and secrets. The ruthless and enigmatic Emperor Domitian watches over all, fearing assassination from every direction...but not from the woman who fascinates him most.
     Passionate, musical, and guarded, Thea is a slave girl from Judea. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful Lepida Pollia, Thea becomes 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-but their affair ends quickly 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 capricious and charismatic Emperor of Rome. But Domitian's games have a darker side. 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 paranoid Emperor lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor's Mistress."

    Wow. I loved this novel. I really did. The way the author wrote this books was fantastic and simply and utterly amazing. It really sucks you into the time period. The characters seem real in some way. Most of them were real people. I love how she took real events and mixed it with her own imagination and events that could've been but still remains questionable. I was baffled at how the book would end and how the things would work out the way they were suppose to. The only thing I didn't like was Lepida, she was a little say the least, but I suppose every good book needs at least one character everyone hates and makes everyone's lives terrible.
     I do recommend everyone who loves history and romance and adventure to read this book. For this novel, I shall grant it 5 stars! Yayy! ***** I hope there is a sequel....


Joanne said...

Isn't it wonderful when a book caputres your whole imagination? Great review!

Unknown said...

This one looks interesting, I love Ancient Rome! I shall have to see if my library has it...Have you read Render Unto Caeser by Gillian Bradshaw? You might like that one, too. :)

Carole Rae said...

Actually no I haven't read that one yet....I'll check it out. ^.^ If your library doesn't have it, I can let you borrow my copy of it. I liked it so much I bought it.

Unknown said...

My library does have a copy and I now have a hold on it. :) Thank you for the offer, though!

Carole Rae said...

Thats good! And no problem.