Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Mistress Of Rome by Kate Quinn + Giveaway

Mistress Of Rome by Kate Quinn 
Originally published on the 6th April 2010.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Women In White

How I got this book:
Borrowed from a friend

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

'Passion. Treachery. Murder ... A heart-stopping epic about a Jewish slave girl and Rome's greatest gladiator, who become involved in a plot to assassinate an emperor.

Orphaned by Rome's savage legions, Thea, a slave girl from Judaea, has learned what it takes to survive. She knows only violence until a chance meeting with gladiator Arius offers a shred of tenderness. But their bond is severed when Thea is sold again, condemned to rot in squalor.

Years later, a singer known as Athena betrays no hint of her troubled past. Catching the eye of the Emperor himself, she is swept into a world of decadence and depravity. But although Domitian fears betrayal from every side, he is unaware that the greatest threat lies next to him - a slave girl who has come to be called the Mistress of Rome.'

I wasn't sure whether I would like Mistress Of Rome before I started reading it because it isn't really my usual type of novel. However, my OH, whose daughter we borrowed the book from, enjoyed it and recommended it as being a very readable story so I gave it a try. He was right! Mistress Of Rome cracks along at a good pace giving the reader glimpses of many aspects of life in the Roman Empire, especially that of the wealthier classes. Most of the story focuses on the changing relationships and fortunes of a handful of characters as their lives intertwine over a number of years. I don't think anyone was actually a 'nice' person and it was fun to follow the intrigues and back stabbings as they all clamber over each other to get ahead. Historical accuracy is sometimes sacrificed in favour of a more interesting plotline which irritated me, but on the whole Mistress Of Rome is a good escapist novel. I was reminded very much of the HBO television series Rome and think people who enjoyed watching that, as I did, would like this book too.

And now for the Giveaway!

I have a pretty handmade flower bracelet to giveaway simply for answering the following question on this blog post. How easy is that?! (More of my bracelets are on sale through my blog shop.)

The Question:
Name a historical fiction novel that you have enjoyed?

Comment your answer on this post before midnight (UK time) on the 20th of July to be in with a chance of winning.

Hand-crocheted from one continuous thread of Portuguese blue cotton, this versatile bracelet would look great with t-shirt and jeans or a simple summer dress. I love this shade of blue which reminds me of huge sunny day skies over the Mediterranean sea! The bracelet has eight joined flower motifs, each of which are about 1 3/8 inches / 3.25 cm across, and the whole flower string is 7 inches / 18 cm long. It closes with a crocheted loop which slips over the first flower so the size can be adjusted by putting the loop further along the flower string if needed.

The Giveaway is open worldwide. Answers must be commented by midnight (UK time) on the 20th July and I will randomly pick a winner on the 21st. The winner will be notified by replying to their Comment so if you think you might miss this response please also include other contact info such as your blog URL, twitter name or FB page. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize.

Good luck!

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  1. My favorite historical fiction novel I've read is Salt to the Sea - I loved the different perspective it gave on WWII.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. What a coincidence. I've not read Salt To The Sea, but have another Ruta Sepetys book on my shelf at the moment - Between Shades Of Gray.
      Thanks for entering the Giveaway :-)

    2. Congrats Nicole!
      I'll DM on twitter for your postal address :-)

  2. Congrats to Nicole who is this week's giveaway winner!

    There's now a new giveaway for a romantic ebook started at