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Quinn convincingly conjures the terrifying reign of Emperor Domitian in her solid debut that follows the travails of Thea, a slave girl and mistress to the emperor. While she is tormented by Domitian, she holds her secrets—a gladiator lover, a young son—close. When these facts are brought to Domitian's attention by Thea's jealous rival, Thea takes drastic actions to secure her family. Quinn's command of first-century Rome is matched only by her involvement with her characters; all of them, historical and invented, are compelling and realistic, and she explores their dark sides without crossing into gratuitousness. Readers will finish eager for a sequel, which is a good thing because Quinn has left the door wide open for a follow-up. This should make a splash among devotees of ancient Rome. (Apr.)
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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I BOUGHT THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIESPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't buy my copy from amazon, I gotine from Barnes and Noble but this is one of the best books I have read in years!!! I couldn't put it down much to my husband's frustration. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Bethia
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