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Mistress of Rome
by Kate Quinn | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Lemon-Crisis of Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, July 11, 2010
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by BethanieKay): travelling


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8 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Lemon-Crisis from Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, July 11, 2010

7 out of 10

Amazon Editorial Review

"An exciting debut: a vivid, richly imagined saga of ancient Rome from a masterful new voice in historical fiction"

Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea will become her mistress's rival for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome's newest and most savage gladiator. His love brings Thea the first happiness of her life-that is quickly ended when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.

As Lepida goes on to wreak havoc in the life of a new husband and his family, Thea remakes herself as a polished singer for Rome's aristocrats. Unwittingly, she attracts another admirer in the charismatic Emperor of Rome. But Domitian's games have a darker side, and Thea finds herself fighting for both soul and sanity. Many have tried to destroy the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin. But in the end, the life of the brilliant and paranoid Domitian lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor's mistress.

Ring Participants: (please use this list rather than the Forum thread one!)
1. mafarrimond (In UK / pref EU post)
2. ReetPetite (In UK / post anywhere)
3. sorcha-sidhe (In Australia / post int if needed)
4. Dancesports (In Australia / post anywhere)<---- Here as of 19/11/10
5. marijketje (In Netherlands / post EU)
6. Sardonyx (In UK / post anywhere)
7. Appelsiini (In Finland / post anywhere)
8. Bookstogive (In US/Can / post US/Can)
9. kiyoteefoxx (In US / post US)
10. BethaniekayBethaniekay (In US / post anywhere)
11. Esme-Weatherwax (In Ireland / post Ireland & UK)
12. Then back to me!

** Please make sure the next person along is still active/interested before posting!**

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Journal Entry 2 by Lemon-Crisis at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, July 31, 2010

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (7/31/2010 UTC) at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom

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The ring has officially started!

Posted to mafarrimond this morning =]
It might be a wee bit dusty (we're having mega roof work done on an old house and I'm in the loft room lol), sorry about that!
I hope everyone enjoys the book =]

Lemon
xx 


Journal Entry 3 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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The book has arrived safely. I will read as soon as I can. 


Journal Entry 4 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

9 out of 10

Having studied the Roman Empire, the book was interesting to read. I liked the author's note at the end outlining what was fact and what was fiction. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 5 by mafarrimond at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/18/2010 UTC) at Madrid, Madrid Spain

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Posting to ReetPetite. Hope you enjoy the bbok. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 23, 2010

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Thanks for sending this mafarrimond. Next on my TBR. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

8 out of 10

Very entertaining story that keeps you enthralled. I wanted to see how the story would bring Thea & Arius back together against all the odds. Some very good characters both good & bad.
Thanks for sharing Lemon-Crisis.

I've PMed sorcha-sidhe because elidanora asked to be skipped. 


Journal Entry 8 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 04, 2010

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Posted to sorcha-sidhe. 


Journal Entry 9 by sorcha-sidhe at Quorn, South Australia Australia on Sunday, September 19, 2010

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Arrived in the post 15/9/10. Will start once I've finished my current read - can't wait! :) 


Journal Entry 10 by sorcha-sidhe at Quorn, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

1 out of 10

It's ancient Rome, and a Jewish slave falls in love with a Gladiator from Britannia. This begins the story of Thea & Arius, and their savage existence under Emperor Domitian's rule.

Sounds intriguing, right? If you believe the reviews it should be, but unfortunately for me, I could not get into this story. One hundred pages from the finish and I had to stop: It was impossible for me to continue reading, even after I had subjected myself to 300+ pages.

I don't know how to categorise this novel: Is it hist-fic? Romance? Something else? Perhaps I have become too much of a history snob, but I did not feel the story centered around Domitian enough to be based on his life, especially considering that most of the characters and events in the story are entirely fictional. For me, the story lacked historical substance, and that was the greatest disappointment.

Another major issue I had with this novel was that not one of the central characters was likeable, nor could I relate to or connect with any of them: I could not care less what happened to them in the end, hence the reason for my not bothering to find out.

The purpose of many of the minor characters I simply couldn't comprehend: There's nothing more annoying than to have a character appear seemingly out of nowhere, and have the author try and establish their background and purpose to the story in a single, random paragraph. At times I was close to pulling hairs!

I also didn't like the repetitive use of full names: It was unnecessary and added nothing to the story. Also, too many characters were inter-connected in too many ways. For example, why did all the characters have to have had sex with one another to be known to each other? I just didn't get it.

All in all, a disappointing read and not at all what I had expected.  


Journal Entry 11 by sorcha-sidhe at Port Augusta, South Australia Australia on Friday, November 12, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (11/12/2010 UTC) at Port Augusta, South Australia Australia

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On its way to Dancesports in Tasmania. :) 


Journal Entry 12 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Friday, November 19, 2010

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book has arrived in Tasmania safely. I'll read it as soon as I can but I do have a few other bookrings in front. 


Journal Entry 13 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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I loved this book - thank you for sharing with me and thank you for your patience too. I have pm'ed the next reader 


Journal Entry 14 by Dancesports at Snail Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, April 01, 2011

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Released 3 yrs ago (4/1/2011 UTC) at Snail Mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Sent on to the next reader - had to go seamail though. 


Journal Entry 15 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Thursday, June 30, 2011

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The book has arrived. I have a couple of bookrings I need to read first. I just finished a class about ancient Rome, so it will be interesting to read. 


Journal Entry 16 by marijketje at Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, August 08, 2011

8 out of 10

It wasn't what I was expecting. Bit less predictable and less historical. But I got more and more into it and by the end I could hardly put it down, because I wanted to know how it ended. So all in all I enjoyed reading it.  


Journal Entry 17 by Appelsiini at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa Finland on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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This one arrived today! Thanks! :) 


Journal Entry 18 by Appelsiini at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa Finland on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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What an awesome book! I simply loved it! The story is so gripping, I was so disappointed every time when I had to stop reading and do something else, like work! I will definitely get this one into my PC! Thanks for sharing this wonderful book! And thanks for being so patient with me!

As Bookstogive and kiyoteefoxx both asked to be skipped, I'm sending this to Bethaniekay.  


Journal Entry 19 by Appelsiini at Tampere, Pirkanmaa Finland on Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Released 3 yrs ago (12/15/2011 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa Finland

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And it's on its way to the US! Travel safe! The lady in post office said it should be there before X-mas, we'll see... 


Journal Entry 20 by BethanieKay at Fort Worth, Texas USA on Friday, December 30, 2011

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Received in the mail today. I'm in the middle of another book right now, but I'm a fast reader, and this one will be next -- so shouldn't take too long :)  


Journal Entry 21 by BethanieKay at Fort Worth, Texas USA on Sunday, January 15, 2012

7 out of 10

I didn't love this book, but I liked much of it. The premise of the story was intriguing, and I was drawn into it because of the relationship between Thea and Arius. However, after they are separated, I became totally bored and the book seemed to really draw out. I was extremely annoyed by Lepida (I'm sure the author wants the reader to hate her), and thought the middle of the book really dragged on, especially where she was involved. I could've done without much of the middle of the book. Once Thea and Arius were back in the story again, and once Vix got to be a little more interesting (and central to the plot), the story became intriguing again. I thought the latter part of the book was the best, and the ending left me feeling satisfied.

I think the book was a little too G-rated; there could have been some more description of the sex and romance between some of the key characters. It would've made the passionate relationships that were obviously occuring everywhere on a regular basis more believable.

The author's writing style was pleasant, but the changing narratives really irritated me. Not so much the different POV's, that's fine -- but it was really annoying that Thea and Lepida's sections were in first person, but all the others were in third person. I'd rather have it all one or the other. And, why bother having headings on some of the chapers listing the name of the person 'speaking', when it would switch to someone else within that same chapter? Again, just odd and unnecessary.

Overall, though, a decent read. Thanks for letting me join!

I've PMd Esme-Weatherwax in Ireland, just waiting for an addy then will send along in the mail.  


Journal Entry 22 by BethanieKay at ~~~ ♥ ~~~ A Friend ~~~ ♥ ~~~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (1/17/2012 UTC) at ~~~ ♥ ~~~ A Friend ~~~ ♥ ~~~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Book is on its way to Esme-Weatherwax in Ireland. Sent via USPS Airmail today, should arrive in about 10 days.

 




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