Mistress of Rome

Mistress of Rome

By Kate Quinn

Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425232477, 470pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2010

Description
The first gripping historical fiction novel in national bestselling author Kate Quinn's Empress of Rome saga.
"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.


About the Author
Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, her first three novels, set in ancient Rome, have been translated into multiple languages. Kate lives in Maryland with her husband. Visit her at katequinnauthor.com.


Praise For Mistress of Rome

"...for sheer entertainment, drama, and page-turning storytelling, this tumultuous debut novel is well worth reading.
-Library Journal