This page is going to be filled with my monthly recommendations of books that I think might be of interest. They may be personal favourites or books from friends and colleagues. So take a look and you may find something new.

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

The Mistress of Rome has been sat on my TBR pile for what seems like ages and if I’m honest the cover for me had forced it down. I’d heard nothing but great things about this book, but when I always reach for books that have some sword wielding warrior, I’d fallen for the: judging the book by the cover.


As soon as I started it I couldn’t put it down.I fell in love with the two characters Thea and Lepida instantly. The dynamics between the two girls, who grow into women was well written and utterly absorbing.

Thea is Lepida’s slave girl who is eventually sold due the attentions of a famous Gladiator known at the Barbarian. Thea and he fall in love and in a fit of jealousy Lepida sells Thea to a whore house. As the years go by Thea has had a son to the Barbarian and is climbing the social ladder much to Lepida’s distress. And then Thea catches the attention of the Emperor.

I will not say any more, but the Quinn writes the characters is wonderfully realistic and the personal war between the two women is wonderfully written. The two could be no more different to one another. Light and shade and even though Lepida is in a word a nasty bitch, I liked her. She was meaty character to read and enjoy. I would even go to say that the relationship between the two reminded me a lot of Anne and Mary in The Other Boleyn Girl. The jealousy, the competition and rivalry.

When I was recommending the book at work, I put it on par with Ben Kanes’ Forgotten Legion series, because I got the same sense of excitement as I did reading his. I lost many hours of sleep working through his trilogy and I’m sure the same will happen with Quinn’s.

I highly recommended this book and no doubt the series and give 5 Stars.



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