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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' 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 that is quickly ended when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.
As Lepida goes on to wreak havoc in the lives 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.
©2010 Kate Quinn (P)2015 Tantor
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"This should make a splash among devotees of ancient Rome." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Harold D. Doublename on 03-18-15

awesome.

Kate Quinn's books are always great. mistress of Rome satisfies if you're looking for a long, well-written, gritty historical. so many characters you can root for (and some you can hate)...lots of surprise twists... and always excellent writing. the narrator does a fantastic job! sorry for my bad typing, writing on my phone.

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By Dixie Diva on 12-16-15

If you loved the series Rome; don't miss this.

I am usually a little skeptical about titles that have too many high marks. I think I'm the one person that won't like it. I am glad I was wrong. This was great. The cover art evokes a romance novel. Don't worry its not that. It's good historical fiction.

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