Mistress of Rome - Kate Quinn

Mistress of Rome

By Kate Quinn

  • Release Date: 2010-04-06
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 229 Ratings)


The first in an unforgettable historical saga from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.
“So gripping, your hands are glued to the book, and so vivid it burns itself into your mind’s eye and stays with you long after you turn the final page.”—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author
First-century Rome: One young woman will hold the fate of an empire in her hands.

Thea, a captive from Judaea, is a clever and determined survivor hiding behind a slave’s docile mask. Purchased as a toy for the spoiled heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea evades her mistress’s spite and hones a secret passion for music. But when Thea wins the love of Rome’s newest and most savage gladiator and dares to dream of a better life, the jealous Lepida tears the lovers apart and casts Thea out.

Rome offers many ways for the resourceful to survive, and Thea remakes herself as a singer for the Eternal ’City’s glittering aristocrats. As she struggles for success and independence, her nightingale voice attracts a dangerous new admirer: the Emperor himself. But the passions of an all-powerful man come with a heavy price, and Thea finds herself fighting for both her soul and her destiny.

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 Rome’s most powerful man lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor’s mistress.


  • Mistress of Rome

    By morecrazed$&@$
    I was looking for a more historical novel about roman times. I would say this falls more into a mildly romantic novel. All said, I plowed through it but there wasn't enough real meat to it.
  • Mistress of Rome

    By 30Helensagree
    One of the best stories ever told! Highly recommend! I don’t like historical fiction but this book had me hooked!
  • enjoyed but not enticed

    By paulapdavis
    enjoyable read but not a page turner
  • Perfect!

    By VA lover ^u^
    It was great!!!!! I could not take my red off of the pages
  • Amazing

    By AppleFan0304
    I love this book. It's interesting and nerve wrecking and romantic. It's a book you HAVE to read.