Mistress of Rome is a fantastic historical fiction read. This book delivers an intriguing plot with many twists and turns. Thea, a Jewish slave girl, falls in love with the gladiator, Arius, only to be torn from him by jealous slave owner, Lepida Pollia. Eventually, Thea catches the eye of Emporer Domitian, but after becoming his mistress she finds that his interest in her becomes dark and sadistic and she longs for him to tire of her. Eventually, Thea and Arius meet again and plot to take down Domitian. Will they succeed? You will have to read to find out!