Their world was one of punishment, power and privilege. It was a world of war, secrets and sacred duty. It was the world of ancient Rome. And the esteemed Vestal Virgins - priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the home and hearth - protected the Eternal Flame that protected the Eternal City. Dedicated to a thirty-year vow of chaste service, Priestess Pomponia finds herself swepTheir world was one of punishment, power and privilege. It was a world of war, secrets and sacred duty. It was the world of ancient Rome. And the esteemed Vestal Virgins - priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the home and hearth - protected the Eternal Flame that protected the Eternal City. Dedicated to a thirty-year vow of chaste service, Priestess Pomponia finds herself swept up in the intrigue, violence and bedroom politics of Rome's elite: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Octavian and his maneuvering wife Livia, all the while guarding the secret affection she has in her heart. But when a charge of incestum - a broken vow of chastity - is made against the Vestal order, the ultimate punishment looms: death, by being buried alive in the Evil Field. In BRIDES OF ROME, Debra May Macleod has re-created the world of ancient Rome with all its brutality and brilliance, all its rich history and even richer legend. A true page-turner that is as smart as it is compelling, this must-read novel brings the Vestal order to life like never before....
|Title||:||Brides of Rome: A Novel of the Vestal Virgins|
|Number of Pages||:||280 Pages|
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Brides of Rome: A Novel of the Vestal Virgins Reviews
I found this book to be a quick read. The goddess Vespa was not one that I knew very much about prior to reading this book. I really enjoyed the pace and the intermingling of the religious and political aspects of the story.
I bought this book to do some research for a book I'm writing, and I could NOT stop reading it! Macleod did a wonderful job of bringing this period to life, and her passion for the subject comes through in the book. Loved it.
Do not judge this book by the cover! Brides of Rome by Debra May Macleod is better than the cover. A scantily clad woman with a Roman helmet and shield looks more like a Roman Harlequin romance. The Vestal Virgins were covered up and wore totally different apparel.With that said, MacCleod has done her research. The novel is rich with descriptive details that make the historical setting come to life. Details such as family death masks in the lararium, specific hairstyles the Vestals wore, what people ate was all very accurate. I learned a lot about the Vestals from this book. Maccleod's writing style moved the story along.I thought the characters and plot however became dissipated as the book went on. The Vestal protagonist Pomponia's love interest with the priest of Mars, Quintus lacked suspense and romance. There's just not that romantic tension there. Why Quintus snarls and looks irritated when he encounters Pomponia just didn't resonate with me. Valeria. Why would Priestess Pomponia be attracted to someone so negative and mean? Quintus's jealous wife, Valeria was a much stronger character.Toward the end of the book, MacCleod throws in all sorts of complications that dissipate rather than add to the story. The whole Anthony and Cleopatra and the asp as well as the lighthouse of Alexandria seemed too much and too pat for the ending.But the story flowed and for a first novel, it was an enjoyable read!
A decent read though a little meandering and with a veryccollapsed feeling in some places (timeline/history wise. The ending didn't seem to go anywhere for me but the research, setting and details were good. Should be interesting to see what the 2nd book is about if it comes out.For a more interesting read on the Vestal Virgins and thir lives and duties check out Sherri Smith's The Virgin's Tale or Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak for history with some Christian themes, both great reads!
A great read.Loved going back to the sceming dYe of old Rome. It was interesting to see the familiar story of Anthony and Cleopatra. Octavian and Livia from another POV. And besides, I hold a special place in my heart for the goddess who is first and last...Vesta.