“Kate Quinn is a masterful storyteller…It is no mean feat to write a novel that is both literary and a page-turner.”
— Margaret George, bestselling author of HELEN OF TROY and THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA


“Kate Quinn is a mistress of storytelling . . . She skillfully intertwines the private lives of her characters with huge and shocking events . . . Quinn is a remarkable new talent.”
— Kate Furnivall, bestselling author of THE RUSSIAN CONCUBINE and THE JEWEL OF ST. PETERSBURG

`A riveting tale…glamorous and brutal, a heady mix of intrigue and combat, with added decadence and depravity…An exhilarating read.’
— Marie Claire, UK

`Fans of Philippa Gregory’s books who have had enough of Elizabethan times will be entranced by this Rome-set debut….Awash with historical detail, this is a violent, passionate, compelling read.’
— Elle Magazine, UK

‘a rollicking account…Thea’s story rattles along with such infectious relish that the most pedantic classicist would be beguiled by it in the end.’
— Daily Mail, UK

`A wildly entertaining read, this vivid tale of scandal and romance will have you holding your breath with excitement.’
— Now Magazine, UK

“…for sheer entertainment, drama, and page-turning storytelling, this tumultuous debut novel is well worth reading.”
— Library Journal

“A heady and exciting roller-coaster of a tale set in the reign of Emperor Domitian. Based on actual events, the brutality and decadence of the times is brought powerfully to life in a gripping and entertaining way.”
— Bookseller