Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bookworm Wednesday: Mistress of Rome

Anybody fans of history but tired of all the English historical fiction on the market?  That's the way I felt when I came across Mistress of Rome.  I survived the over-saturation of the book market with any kind of English history, and I was ready for something new.  You can't really get any further than English history than ancient Rome.  I will warn readers, this is not really a cheery book.  If people weren't part of the rich or scholarly in Rome, life was rough, especially for slaves and gladiators.  This is the first of what turned into a series, and I look out for each one since each contains some great history of what Rome was like before its fall.

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.


  1. This sounds like a good book. I'm going to add it to my "To Read" list.

    1. I hope you like it. There are two more in the series, and one more being published in March.