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Quo Vadis for our times! Well, not exactly. It's been awhile since anyone tackled the Roman Empire as entertainingly as Gillespie has done in this book, a nearly-straight historical novel which should please readers of fantasy, too. Germanic Auriane is a combination of the noble, natural savage, and the heroine marked from birth for great deeds. Roman Marcus Julianus is th...more
Paperback, 1146 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt (first published January 1st 1994)
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Lance Greenfield
It took me a long time to read this book, because it is a long book. It is way, way, way, way, WAY too long!

The story is great, but there were many times when I found myself wanting to shout a the words in front of my eyes, for page after page, "Just get on with it!" There was a long period during which reading this book reminded me of my marathon running days. I thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience, but it was sometimes a labour of love: between the 21 and 25 mile points. I suppose that e...more
Athena
I read this book every spring for several years, bought multiple copies as gifts and even emailed the author to express my gratitude. I still keep two copies on hand, just in case I need to give one away. I stumbled across this book when I had no particular inclination to historical fiction. It rocked my world, made me ask difficult questions of my own person character and helped me remember why I loved storytelling.

Donna Gillespie isn’t one of those writers who puts a book out every year, and...more
Andrea Olsen
I'm really interested in the history of Ancient Rome and my favorite way to learn about history is through a well researched historical novel. I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the Roman Emperors, Nero and Domitian.
Half of the story follows the heroine, Auriane, through her struggles against the Roman invasion of the Chattian tribe, of which she is a warrior. I liked her character. Dispersed between Auriane's story is another subplot that takes place in Rome from the POV of Marcus Arr...more
Hazellie
I first read this book in 1994, and I've loved it ever since. Initially, I re-read this book every year, but in the last five years, I've only read this book twice.

I've had so many new books to read that I don't need to re-read as much as I used to, but once in a while I would miss Auriane and Marcus, and want to read about them again. This time, I wanted to savor the story and read it slowly, I wanted to study Donna Gillespie's writing and maybe learn something from her.

But as I read, I forgo...more
Aiyaruk
Nov 05, 2007 Aiyaruk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Margaret George or anyone interested in historical fiction
Shelves: read-fiction
I rarely give books five stars, even if they're spectacular or have changed my life. I have strict criteria for the five-star book, and this is a perfect example of it. This book captured my imagination like none other, with a sense of realism and fantasy intermixed. When I read this book, I felt that the events taking place might possibly have really happened, even though there was a touch of fantasy! I was 14/15ish when I first read this book, and while I was probably a little young for some o...more
Clarice
Excellent! This novel was a true pleasure to read - very well-written with a wonderfully twisty-turny plot. The story begins in the time of Nero and shifts seamlessly back and forth between two young people from totally different worlds - Auriane, daughter of a Chattian war leader; and Marcus Arrius Julianus, a slave boy turned Roman senator and imperial adviser. Of course, their lives eventually cross.

Fans of traditional romance may be disappointed with this one. This is NOT a romance. It is a...more
Pbwritr
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Eileen
I'm eating this book up. I supposed to be reading reference books right now due to an upcoming class I'm teaching, but can't put this one down!

It's an epic story about Ancient Rome and the destruction of the tribes of Germania with wonderful characters. I actually came to tears or shouted a "YAY!" at a few points while reading this, and dear readers, that is a rare occurance for me even if I'm enjoying a book.

A richly-embroidered tale of war, vengeance and spiritual transcendence, of palace intr...more
Catherinejeanhedge
Donna Gillespie writes with such rich language that she had me tumbling into her story. I traveled along with a feisty Germanic leader captured by the Romans. She made me cold in the bleak winter and sweaty in the Roman sunshine. A great adventure well worth reading. (Read it over Winter Break!)
Nathan
Epic in scope, truthful and historically convincing writing, and extremely clever plotting. Great portraits of Roman emperors and politicians (with no regard to their accuracy).

Unfortunate that the events were predicated on "fate". There seem to be prophecies and souls and destinies in this universe. The Germanic people see the world as a magical place, fraught with spirits, omens, souls, and gods. This makes sense, and it's interesting to see the world through the lens of a naive and superstit...more
Judith
This book beautifully illustrates the mores of both Roman and Germanic society. Auriane is a girl from the Chats (one of the Germanic tribes), who can feel the gods and goddesses surround her. The rushing of the wind through the trees is the laughter of Freya, the thunder in the sky an answer of Wodan. Rituals and divination are intertwined with day-to-day life, in the continuous battle against the Roman empire. Auriane has ideas to help them, but they lead her away from the normal life and norm...more
Pascalle Franssen
Ik vond het een geweldig boek. Ik heb het voor de eerste keer gelezen toen ik 11 jaar oud was. 17 jaar later is het nog altijd mijn lievelingsboek. Ik vind het erg knap van donna gillespie om een boek van ongeveer 1000 blz te schrijven, want van begin tot eind goed blijft!
Alissa
This was much better than I initially thought it was going to be (I guess that is why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover...even if it does have a Celtic warrior princess on it). Gillespie is a magnificent writer who breathes life into her realistic and often flawed characters. She fills her well researched descriptions with the sights, sounds and smells of millenia past. I was also pleasantly surprised by the philosophical nature this book had and the author even questions (through other ch...more
Miranda
Amazing! I was completely drawn in to the world of ancient Rome and Germania. I bought it on my kindle and didn't realize just how large of a story it is. Best to read if you have a lot of time, because you won't be able to put it down once you start.
Renee
I think I read this around age 16, and at 1000+ pages, I think it is still the longest novel I've read. That said, I really think that it flew for me. Even in my teens, this novel was engaging enough to make me forget the fact that it was twice the size of most of the other books I read (I'm not squemish when it comes to larger novels, but most authors simply don't write them). I gave this four instead of five stars, because it seems to be a one time read. I tried to go back and re-discover it a...more
Ame Cliff
Way too long, but learned alot of history, great visual action scenes and very vivid description of land areas.
Recommended but need to take time or skim near end.
She has written a book for after this one,
Lady of light
Kara
Very long, meaty historical fiction novel about the daughter of the chieftain of an early Germanic tribe, the Chattians, as they try to resist being conquered by the Roman Empire. Admirable amount of interesting historical detail about the times and a main character that you care about enough to stick with her for 700+ pages as her life undergoes many trials and tribulations... there is romance in this book, and you root for it, but I found it a tiny bit lacking... not enough time spent on devel...more
Kara
Very long, meaty historical fiction novel about the daughter of the chieftain of an early Germanic tribe, the Chattians, as they try to resist being conquered by the Roman Empire. Admirable amount of interesting historical detail about the times and a main character that you care about enough to stick with her for 700+ pages as her life undergoes many trials and tribulations... there is romance in this book, and you root for it, but I found it a tiny bit lacking... not enough time spent on devel...more
Alicia Thomas-Woolf
Exceptionally well-written and plotted. What a satisfying, edge-of-the-seat story!
Moonsong
A must read for all Wiccans who want to know their own background. Historical and moving!
Adrienne
a bit long at times, but was pleased with the ending, left a bit open ended. amazing facts in regards to architecture and Roman history. will read again, but not for a while.
Amanda
This book is ridiculously long, stars a Mary Sue, and plays fast and loose with history... and yet, it's still pretty enjoyable.
Carol
I just spent about 2 1/2 months reading this book and I have mixed feelings about it. I almost gave up early on because I just wasn't all that captivated by the storyline. But, because this has been on my shelf for several YEARS, and it has a pretty high rating, I decided to keep going. Overall, it was a pretty good read but when I finished I was asking myself why it took 750+ pages to tell the story. There were a lot of lengthy descriptions that I skimmed because I just wanted to get through a...more
Laura
May 04, 2008 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit, Selene
On the day of her birth, Auriane received a mysterious amulet from a priestess-and a doubleedged prophecy of doom and glory. The daughter of a Germanic tribal chieftain, Auriane witnessed unspeakable horrors committed against her people by ruthless invaders. And when tragedy tore her family apart, she took the oath of a warrior, and vowed revenge. Tales of her brilliant swath of conquest carried as far as Rome, to the renowned statesman Marcus Julianus-who felt his destiny intertwined with Auria...more
Alysa Farrell
Love!! Can't wait to read the next book and really hope the third comes out soon!
The writing in this book is amazing, I love the way she weaves the story of the characters around each other, everything just flows so well, and you feel like you are in the middle of Rome and in the arena and experiencing everything with the characters. A must read for those who love ancient Roman history
Talitha
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Susan
If you're interested in the intersection of ancient Rome and the Germanic tribes, this is a wonderful fantasy novel about a young Germanic tribal priestess who is captured by Roman soldiers and forced to fight as a gladiatrix. Set in the time of Nero and Domitian, this book took author Donna Gillespie 12 years to research and write. It's a long book, but a fast-paced read, and is perfect for vacation or late-night reading.
Vicki
Historical fiction is usually pretty far down on the list of books I prefer to read. Yet THIS is my all time favorite book. Going back and forth between Rome and Germania, the settings and details are rich and vivid enough to make you *see* everything around you.

It's length may appear daunting but there's ALWAYS something going on, ALWAYS something you need to know about so you keep reading. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
South Regional Durham County Libraries
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Lauren Doll
Awhile ago I went through a huge historical fiction phase. While I still love the books I don't focus on only them so much any more. However, I rememeber this one as one of my favorite. Set during the time of the Roman Empire, this book is filled with gladiators, blood, violence, intrigue and love. I especially love the part when Auriane, the female main character, chokes another gladiator with her hair.
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Donna Gillespie is the author of two historical novels set in first century Rome, The Light Bearer (Berkley/Putnam, 1994) and Lady of the Light (Berkley/Putnam, 2006). The Light Bearer has been translated into German, Dutch, Russian, Italian and Lithuanian. An international bestseller, it was optioned by Hallmark Entertainment for a miniseries. Her second novel, Lady of the Light, is the sequel to...more
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