I loved this book. Ancient Rome is always fascinating, but the plot twists and turns combined with well developed, engaging characters bumped Mistress of Rome
up to 5 stars for me. The cover and title made me think that the story would be pretty chick lit-esque, but that impression was quickly dispelled with bloody and gory gladiator scenes, complex political intrigues and the varying points of view from several narrating voices. I also enjoyed how Kate Quinn
incorporated a sense of reality to the mysticism of their religion. I look forward to reading both her prequels and sequels.