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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  35 reviews
They hailed her "Liberty," but she was free only to obey—or die.

Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium's arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpur
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 384 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Pendragon Cove Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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Heidi Ryan
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book completely took me by surprise. I had read the synopsis, and was intrigued to check it out. I am very glad that I went ahead and read this book. It is epic. That is the only word for the journey that the main character goes on. The scope of her struggle is nothing short of amazing. I was so engrossed in the book, I read it in one sitting. It is an incredible story of one woman’s struggle under Roman rule. She is an incredible character.
Rhyddes ferch Rudd is a young woman about 18 year
Kathy Wideman
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: danger, romance
Rhyddes means freedom but she was never free. She is sold by her father to pay his tax debt. She is a virgin which means she needs to be delivered that way. That however doesn’t mean that they can’t do other things to her. She is then sold as a slave. She is paraded naked for anyone and everyone who walks by to see. The people who want to purchase her a free to touch her anyway they want. She is purchased by a man named Jamil. He intends to make her a gladiatrix-slave. Rhyddes is choices the nam ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book and the historical aspect of it was simply amazing. I could feel in touch with the characters the whole way through the story and it kept my interest through flowing descriptions and an excellent use of details and picture words. I felt that it was really well-done and it was easy to get lost in the world of the story.

I think my only complaint lies in the very beginning of the book as we are being introduced to our characters and seeing their first interactions with eac
Arlene Mullen
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rhyddes family works to pay taxes to the romans. She is then sold into slavery by her father. She becomes a gladiatrix. She fights in an arena with other female gladiatrix for the sport of others.
Then there is Aquila, the son of the Roman governor. He wants to be in the arena but his family has other plans. He becomes betrothed by his family wishes for a political marriage.
He then meets Rhyddes at a slave auction and starts falling for her. He tries to buy her but is out bid. He sets out to try
Jill Roberts
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Liberty is a captivating novel with so many variables that make it a true masterpiece. Our main character Rhyddes, which translates to mean Freedom daughter of Red (thus Liberty), is sold off to the Romans due to a tax debt. Here she must fight in the Gladiator arena. Fortunately Rhyddes fights well, it's that ancient Celtic warrior blood that runs through her veins that makes her fierce. Although Rhyddes is plagued with captivation and yearning for the Roman governor's son, Aquila. He too is ir ...more
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars!

This book was a captivating book that had me at page 1. I really love the plot and the idea of a Roman senators son falling in love with a female gladiator. The book was not a disappointment and I loved the growing love between the hero and heroine. The heroine, Rhyddes was sold into slavery to pay her fathers debts and trained as a gladiator to fight. I love her characters so much. She was so full of spirit and determination, she never gave up hope on her freedom and was a very interest
Jodi Lynn
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a history buff, this one was extra special for me. I will say there is a lot of fighting and gore in this book (the romance angle is very, very light), as well as scenes that are about as un-PC as an author could get. But they fit the story and time period and read very true to life. For me, this book was a hit and one of the best I've read in a very long time. ...more
Sarah A.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Roman history, and this book was really good!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The author's notes at the end of the book explain how her goal was to give a little history lesson while entertaining along the way. I would say that the author definitely attained her goal. I was disappointed with the story because it did not draw me in nor make me love and root for the characters. I rolled my eyes...a lot. The male lead character was supposed to be this big strong guy but he seems to get discouraged way to easily. Honestly the love story between Aquila and Libertas was very sh ...more
Larry Souverielle
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kim takes us a journey that will inspire you, keep you wondering what will happen next,and warm your heart

Libertas will win your heart while you root for her during her many trials. Throughout the story you get to relish in language and culture of ancient Rome and Britannia. Cheers to Kim for her exhaustive research in bringing this beautiful historical fiction adventure to life for us to enjoy.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed reading this story! It's always fun to find a strong female in a time when men seldom allowed them to even speak. Liberty shows true strength as she battles to find her freedom. Love might also be in her future.
Steve Bender
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing story of gladiators in Roman Britain and finally in Rome. Story with lots of twists. Recommended.
Annie White
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I met this author at a local art fair and I’m usually not much of a local reader so I was skeptical. Although this exceeded my expectations! If you like action, drama, and lots of romance, this book is for you! I also love the strong female lead!
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Liberty is the first book I have read by Kim Iverson Headlee and certainly won't be my last.

The story is about Rhyddes, a young woman who is sold into slavery by her father as a means to pay off debts he owes. Her father, for reasons explained later in the book has always seemed to hate Rhyddes, and has treated her badly, even beating her. It was no hardship for him to sell her into slavery to pay off his debts. At the slave market she is purchased by a man who sets out to make her a female glad
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I recently read Snow in July by Ms. Headlee and enjoyed it a great deal. When I was offered a chance to read and review Liberty in exchange for an honest review, I was intrigued by the book description. Since I was familiar with the author as well, I decided to give it a read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-researched book in an era that is different than many of the novels that are available today.

The first scene quickly heats up, showing Rhyddes doing chores with her fam
Julianne Redmon
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rhyddes' journey from farmer's daughter to gladiatrix to...don't worry I won't spoil it!

The story was well-written, although I do believe some liberties (ha! pun intended)were taken in the events that transpire at the end of the novel. But this is not a historical document or treatise so I never had an expectation of total and complete accuracy to begin with. It is a work of fiction and I truly enjoyed it as such. The plot twists kept me completely engaged in the sto
LIBERTY by Kim Iverson Headlee is an enticing Ancient Romance Historical Romance set around 160 AD Rome. *This is the second edition*

This is the tale of one woman's struggles, Rhyddes (aka-Liberty) a glaiatrix-slave, sold by her father for a debt owed to a Roman tax collector. "Liberty/Libertas" is the tale of betrayal, intrigue, sacrifice, survival, lust, romance and unrequited love.

Also, meet Marcus Calpurnis Aquila is the son of a Roman governor, "Aquila" or "Eagle" who is falling in love wit
Sue Davis
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You have Rhyddes ferch Rudd (18) beaten by her father Rudd and finally sold to the Romans for a slave, to pay her fathers taxes. She was abused by the Romans on the way to the slave markets, were she was sold to Jamil of Tanis the gladiator trainer as a gladiatrix salve (she fought under a couple names 1st given to her by
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rhyddes is a young woman who is sold by her abusive father as a Roman tax debt. She is sold as a slave to the arena where she is trained as a Gladiatrix. After learning to live by one rule obey or die she becomes the best. Although she learns to live by these Roman rules she holds on to her Celtic heritage.
Aquila is a Roman nobleman groomed by his father to further his career but Aquila loves the freedom of fighting in the arena. He soon becomes enamoured with Rhyddes but she rebukes his advance
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Liberty was a fantastic story. It was a very substantial novel and although it is a work of fiction, does have some historically accurate components, along with some notes at the end from author explaining what is fact and what she has adapted for the purposes of the story. There was so many facets to the story, the romance, the gladiator world, the political world, there were so many elements that made the story complex. There was action, drama, romance and a depth to the characters that compel ...more
Jessica Rackley
It was another up way too late book for me. The first little bit of the book I found trying, but I did get into it and loved it! I took it to work with me to read at lunch and it was all I could think about till then.
Taking place in Britannia and Rome in around 200 AD, this is story about a Celtic girl sold by her father into slavery and what she does to not only forgive him, but get herself out of the slavery (become a gladiatrix). The cast of characters from the guards to the Roman nobles to t
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review when I signed up and was selected for the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions are my own.

What an amazing historical romance! In this book the author via her unique story telling transports us to ancient Rome. Rhyddes is sold by her father and she ends p being trained to be a gladiatrix. She falls for a Roman man even though this is an impossible relationship as she maintains her Celtci heritage
Julia Damatto
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the third book that I've read from this Author, and I can honestly say that it keeps getting better!!
This time, I was blessed with Liberty, an amazing Historical Roman's Romance.
Our Gladiatrix, Rhyddes/Liberty, it's one of my favorite Heroine of all times, she's not only beautiful but also fearless, a real warrior with deadly curves. Her relationship with Marcus it's one of the high points of the story, come on, I know, sounds girly, but for me, it's always about love.
The story i
A. McCarty
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful historic romance. This one is a read that kept me hanging onto every word and wanting to know more of what happened. I love books like this not just because they hold my attention, but because of how accurate the author got the time period. Kim Headlee has once again proven how much research it takes to find the right words to fit the time period and setting that she wants to portray. She nailed this one and I really enjoyed it. Page after page, never wanting to stop reading. This au ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was really torn if I liked this book in the beginning. However as I read more of the story and got to know the characters more I really enjoyed it. For me this wasn't your typical story. The author did a great job of making the story very real. Just like life its messy and people are unhappy and have to make choices between bad decisions and go with the best thing they can. I really loved that the main character turns out to be a tough women. Reading this story I imagined that it was just like ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liberty is the first book I have read by Kim Iverson Headlee. I enjoyed this book. I thought the story line to be unique and refreshing. Rhyddes is a great, strong character. I admired her courage, bravery and will to survive.

I enjoyed listening to the audio version of Liberty. Lillian Rachel’s voice was a perfect fit for this story. Her performance was great.

I am giving Liberty four stars. I would love to read more by Kim Iverson Headlee in the future.
I received the audio version of this boo
Crystal Yawn
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a new genre for me. The names and language is a bit confusing and hard to catch onto. That is the only downfall.
This is a long story full of drama and heartbreak that keeps you flipping the page to see which obstical will come between the two lovers next, what tragedy will befall young Rhyddes next. This is a real page turner even if you get discombulated in the period language.
Warning, greusome content and sexual assault. Not for anyone looking for a light read
Danielle Goodwin
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kim Headlee's "Liberty" is a beefy standalone novel that's nearly twice as long as the average indie romance novel I read. The characters and time period and gladiatrix scenario are all very interesting. You just want to keep reading and reading to find out what happens next. The characters are all flawed and very deep and well thought out. I definitely enjoyed this. The sex scenes were of a more "closed door" nature, but you could still feel the passion and love between Rhyddes and Aquila. ...more
Danielle Fulton
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a first for me reading a romance set in ancient Rome, I really enjoyed. The author did such a great job of describing everything from the landscape, buildings, and people and way life.
The story itself was really well done with Rhyddes and Aquila and their turbulent stories separate and together. The battle scenes were described to perfection and it was just a very fun read!!
Spunky N Sassy
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
SNS Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Historical romance is one of my favorite sub genres of fiction. This book by Kim Iverson Headlee was a great escape from reality and a superb story. I love anything Irish or genetically Celtic. This book is a must read!
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Only two generations removed from Russian nobility, Kim Headlee lives on a farm with her family, pets, fish, livestock & assorted wildlife in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia.

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