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Господарката на Рим (The Empress of Rome #1)

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В най-жестоката империя в историята на човечеството, една робиня се издига до сърцето на властта...
Рим през първи век след Христа: един свят на поквара, кръвопролития и тайни кроежи. Безмилостният и загадъчен император Домициан зорко следи всичко около себе си, от страх, че отвсякъде го дебнат убийци... но не очаква смъртта му да дойде от ръцете на жената, която го очарова
Paperback, 500 pages
Published 2010 by Сиела
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I took it because I didn’t know what to read next. I thought it will be some shallow romance story, but I was wrong. This book is great! It has everything: interesting plot (constantly something happens, this book is full of events, the plot doesn’t drag on), great characters (I loved narration from different points of view here, you get to know a whole palette of amazing characters) and quality – it’s very important that the book is well written, an ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Parvathy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical literature, spartacaus fans,gladiators
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
The first time I realized I loved reading was when I was eight and had finished reading The Vicar of Wakefield. I still remember the feeling I had when I clutched the book in my hand and declared I loved reading. It was not because the particular book in question was extraordinary, regardless of its status as a classic, but it was the first time a book has completely captured my attention that everything else seemed pale in comparison. I have read a number of books after this one and loved a few ...more

I bought this on a whim. I didn't read the back, I didn't read any reviews, I certainly didn't read the page of critic's praise just inside the cover. Every time I've gone on these indicators lately, I've been incredibly disappointed. So, I bought this one based on--GASP!--the cover!

I was skeptical as the first several pages are describing a self-harming ritual of one of the main characters. I was even a little disgusted by such a transparent hook, but I found that I couldn't put the book down.
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Its very rare that I give a book a 5 star rating ,but this book deserves it.This book from the start drew me into the story & the characters and wouldnt let go...I would put the book aside to slow down as I didnt want it to come to the end..and yet I kept picking it back up..and it kept drawing me back into Thea's & Arius lives & story.
The author writes in the first person for some of the characters which may seem confusing to some at first. But you get to know each person in their p



Kate Quinn is the queen of characterization. Seriously. Every person in this book has been carefully and thoroughly planned. Kate gave them flaws, a past, their own strengths and weaknesses. She gave them voice of their own and made them stand out in a crowd. She made them all, Thea, Arius, Lepida, even the minor characters, truly unforgettable and only a great writer can do that.

Thea was my favourite character. She was fragile, yet incredibly strong person. Life wasn't easy for her, being a
twelvejan [Alexandria]
If I could reach for the stars, I would give it all to MOR <3

Have you ever read something that flows so smoothly, that the entire novel seems to unfurl in your mind to become such an epic movie? That is the brilliance of Mistress of Rome.

Quinn is a remarkable writer and storyteller. She flawlessly breathe life to her characters - each and everyone of them. She made you Thea, the slave girl turned singer turned Mistress of Rome. She made you understand Thea's pain, love, and heartbreak; when
Abby Lyn
I picked up this book based on the cover recommendations of authors including Diana Gabaldon and Margaret George, and was not disappointed. This is a fun, enthralling romp through ancient Rome. I would classify this as more of a guilty-pleasure page-turner rather than literary as George suggests, but that is what makes it a great summer read. I would have preferred the author kept to either third or first person rather than alternating back and forth, and the dialogue was a bit modern American f ...more
Mistress of Rome took some time to hook me, but when it did I couldn't put it down. I adored some characters and absolutely loathed others. A great character driven read.
Tara Chevrestt
Ok people, key word in the synposis is "depravity." I wish I had paid closer attention. I spent this entire novel trying to find a character I could at least like if not relate to in some way. It didn't happen.

Thea is a Jewish slave that works for Lepida, a Roman "lady." Both Thea and Lepida develope lustful feelings towards the newest, fiercest, most famous gladiator, Arius. The first quarter of the novel really drew me in as Arius spurns Lepida (she has the eyes of a ferret, apparently) and be
Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. Wow, what a story! I was under its spell from the very first page, and I could not put it down, mainly because I was instantly drawn to the lead characters, Arius and Thea. They are both slaves, subject to the whims of the Roman aristocracy. They are both fighting to survive: Arius in the arena, and Thea in the service of her truly awful mistress, Lepida. I loved them both, but my heart really went out to Thea. This was my first experience with a character who cuts herself, and I was ...more
In the summer of 1993 in between my junior and senior year in high school I had the unique opportunity to travel to Rome as part of the Travel and Tourism program at my school. We spent 9 days in Rome with a day trip to Florence and walked what felt like to be a gazillion miles. Though after a horrific experience with the taxi drivers of Rome, the walking didn’t seem all that bad after all! One of my favorite sights following, of course, the Sistine Chapel was the Coliseum. This massive work of ...more
Okay, what can I say that can express how much I enjoyed Mistress of Rome? Hmm. I enjoyed this book as much as I'd enjoy a quiet evening with Mr. Owen. Yes, that much.

I was swept into the story effortlessly and carried along with the characters. I went into the reading figuring as a first novel, if I enjoyed the read, as I've enjoyed other writing here by this author, I'd give it 3 or 4 stars. I'd read reviews about Mistress of Rome that made me nervous. The POV jumps, the 'gratuitous sex' and t
While I liked this book a lot, I'm surprised so many reviewers have described it as literary... For me, it was a trashy potboiler, a definite guilty pleasure - albeit a very well-researched one with lots of enjoyable historical detail and exciting action. The vivid depiction of everyday goings-on in ancient Rome brings the period and settings to life in a way the modern reader can easily relate to; I can see this book being turned into a film or TV miniseries, in fact I wouldn't be at all surpri ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Kristy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michelle Moran fans, fans of the HBO Show ROME
Shelves: historical
This was my kind of book!!! I purchased this bad boy for 3 dollars at Big Lots(who even knew they sold books) along with a couple others all under 5 bucks! Can't beat that. I had this book on my to-be-read shelf for quite some time, so naturally when I found it for so cheap, I was ecstatic.

Wahoo for cheap books!

The very quick synopsis: (spoilers)
This is a book about "old" Rome. We are following a slave girl whose lover is a gladiator, but their love gets separated when Thea's master sells her o
Rebecca Huston
I tried very hard to like this one. Set in ancient Rome, during the reign of Emperor Domitian, it tells the story of two doomed lovers, Thea and Arius, who struggle not just for freedom but also to save their very lives. Along the way, we get a tour of the Colosseum's deadly games, with plenty of descriptive gore and violence, and if that's not enough, Thea's and Arius' abuse at the hands of others is also lovingly described. There's also Domitian, who is clearly just as mad as previous Emperors ...more
Stephanie Dray
This is a long overdue review for a book that I'm crazy about. This isn't the kind of dry or overly artsy narrative that sometimes puts people off historical fiction. This is an extremely dynamic novel in the tradition of Spartacus, Gladiator, or HBO's Rome.

It's splashy, salacious, adventurous good fun with a kick-ass protagonist and villains who need to die. Quinn takes a mysterious historical assassination and invents a whole cast of characters to explain everything in an exciting and thought-
Mishelle LaBrash
Bloody Fantastic Book.

Bursting with amazing characters, some you will fall madly in love with, while others you will just love to despise.

Corruption, Jeolousy, Murder, Conspiracy, Heartbreak, Adultry, Passion, and above all Love detail this courageous and brilliant first novel of the amazing Kate Quinn.

Fast paced, and jaw clenching, this is a story for the masses. A definate page turner, with a guarantee to keep you up all night, ignore the family, and sneak as many reading breaks from work a
Jeannie Mancini
The Nastiness of Ancient Rome

In Kate Quinn’s new debut novel Mistress of Rome, she presents the raw, blood and guts side of the ancient city and it’s people. I was eager to read this historical novel, this time period is one of my favorites. However, I can’t say I enjoyed it. I struggled and struggled and had to quit about 3/4 of the way through. I was astounded that on the cover of the ARC, there was an endorsement blurb by the queen of historical fiction, Margaret George, calling this book “li
Boy, oh boy, can Kate Quinn tell a story! This is easily one of the most entertaining, un-put-down-able books I’ve read. It’s not a book to be read slowly and savored, but one to devour! If I’d been able to read this in one sitting, I most certainly would have. The story is fast-paced with constant action and drama to keep you turning those pages. I kid you not…there was not a lull to be found!

There wasn’t any one character that I was extremely attached to. It was more the story as a whole that
This story gave me everything I love in a good novel: intense family drama, action, solid character development, deep love, with many historical facts used as the foundation (or as much fact that we know of this time period). Loved the characters. As tortured and damaged as they were, they perservered. I really cared about what happened to each of them. I do recognize that some of the storyline didn't fit together perfectly, but I was able to look over that. Because of this book, I now want to r ...more
Rio (Lynne)
Great cover! The story was very interesting, but dark. I was very frustrated at times. I thought living in the Medieval Times would have been bad, but this tops it. Loved Thea and Arius. The Julia parts lost me at times, but it all came together.This would make a great mini-series. I can't wait to see what Kate does with part 2 with Vix and Sabina.
I believe this may very well have been the first book in months if not a year to have taken me over four days to complete, and believe me I was up until the very wee hours of the morning reading, going to school anticipating that night when I could open the book and begin reading again. Why did it take me so long, size is not a daunting factor to me. In fact I love a book that is lengthy, no, it was not the size. It was the detail the detail that draws you into the story leaving you wishing you ...more
Mistress of Rome is one of those books that grabs you from the very beginning and never quite lets you go. Action-packed and filled with cliff-hangers, historical fiction doesn’t get more thrilling than this! There were god-like gladiators, scheming slave women, and emperors at their most licentious. There were wars, and whores, and love and lust…There were even times when I would be sitting at my desk at work, wishing I could go home early—not because I dislike my job (I love my job), but becau ...more
Sofia Grey
I don’t know where to begin. Characters that entranced me from the first page? A dazzling background in Imperial Rome? Tight plot that wreaked every drop of action and emotion until you are completely wrung out? It has everything.

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 fi
Rita Webb
Warning: I would rate this book as NC-17 for violence and sexual content. I do not recommend this book for anyone squeamish.

The story Mistress of Rome follows the lives of two girls of fourteen, Thea the slave and Lepida the slave's master. Lepida is ambitious. She wants power and jewels and men. First on her list is the gladiator Arius the Barbarian. When Thea and Arius fall in love, Lepida sells Thea to a whore house.

Pregnant, Thea is then sold to a musician who trains her to sing and play th
Sophia Musgrave
Orgies, slaves, gladiators, love and betrayal... this book has it all! A must read for anyone interested in ancient cultures, especially Rome. Romantic yet in the tradition of many tragedies, despair and torture are an integral part of this story. Ironic yet very intriguing, I had a very very hard time putting this novel down for even a few minutes. I couldn't wait to see where it would go next and who was doing what to/with whom!

We follow the life of Thea, a Jewish slave girl, who is no ordinar
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
This author definitely caught my attention with her ability to tell a fast paced but richly detailed story and her characters that are multi layered and alive. I loved Arius' character and Thea was very brave throughout the novel--a perfect match for a gladiator.

I would love to hear more about Sabina and Vix; hopefully there is another novel by this author about these characters. Now that Arius and Thea's story has ended happily it'd be nice to know what the future holds for these characters.

This books isn't available until April 2010 (January in the UK), but I got ahold of a pre-pub galley. And it's a treat! A big, violent, passionate story revolving around a Jewish slave girl in first-century Rome: the gladiator who loves her, the mistress who is her arch-enemy, the Emperor who comes to be fascinated with her, and the personal demons from her own considerably tortured past. Fast-paced writing, complex, lovable characters, villains (and villainesses) you love to hate, and rich hist ...more
I received an autographed copy of this through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you to author Kate Quinn!

Mistress of Rome is a very engrossing, historical novel set in ancient Rome during the rule of Emperor Domitian. The book is set around a fictional character, a slave named Thea, who goes on to become Athena, the mistress of the emperor.

The story is full of action and plot, and you get a good taste for life in ancient Rome while at the same time getting a good action packed story.

I like that t
This is a great, fun book. It's not I, Claudius, but a salacious (good word, Marit), juicy, gossipy, dramatic, sexy, violent book. And since Rome was salacious, juicy, gossipy, dramatic, sexy, and violent, in my opinion it captures the feel of the times excellently. There ARE times when plots wind up a little too conveniently, but that's a minor quibble. It was fun to watch Quinn weave her fictional characters into their historical counterparts, and I appreciated it that at the author's note at ...more
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Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages.

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