Friday, October 26, 2012
Review: "Mistress of Rome" by Kate Quinn
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.
My Thoughts: This is another one of those books that I can't believe I waited so long to read. I could not put it down! I haven't read many books about this period of time but I feel like this book did an amazing job of bringing the Roman empire to life. The city, palaces, clothing and jewels were described in such great detail that they created a beautiful background for the story. I definitely want to read more about this era because of how well Rome was described.
The characters were a unique group. Lepida was one of the most evil, hateful female characters I have seen in a while. Sh was so greedy, selfish, mean-spirited...I could go on and on. I HATED her and was not too sad with the way things ended up for her. Arius and Thea were strong characters with tortured souls and I loved the romance between them. It was interesting to watch how both Thea and Arius hurt themselves in order to expiate the pain they felt as a result of their pasts. They weren't your average couple who fell in love and struggled, there was so much more to them. I also really loved Vix. He was such a little smart a** and so smart for how young he was. He always provided comic relief even in the really difficult parts of the story. There were also secondary characters that rose to a more prominent role in the story as I got further into it. I didn't pay much attention to characters like Norbanus and Lady Flavia in the beginning but as they became more involved in the story, I found them to be really great characters.
There were a lot of twists and turns in the story and I felt like I never knew what was going to happen next. It was never boring as there was always some little intrigue happening and that made want to keep reading. I stayed up way too late finishing this book because I refused to go to bed until I finished it. Any fan of historical fiction would love this book. 4 1/2 stars.