Rivals of the Republic by Annelise Freisenbruch (The Blood of Rome #1)
English | 2016 | Historical Fiction | 1.4 MB
Rome, 70BC. Roman high society hums with gossip about the sudden, suspicious suicide of a prominent Roman senator. Shortly afterwards, the body of a Vestal Virgin is discovered in the river Tiber.
As the authorities turn a strangely blind eye, Hortensia, daughter of Rome’s most celebrated lawyer, is moved to investigate a trail of murders that appear to lead straight to the dark heart of the Eternal City. Rebelling against convention, she soon becomes entangled in an increasingly hostile world of intrigue, and when key witnesses are silenced by a ruthless and shadowy mastermind, Hortensia is forced to seek help from an ex-gladiator with secrets of his own.
Using her supreme knowledge of the period and drawing from historical accounts of the daughter of famed Roman orator Quintus Hortensius Hortalus, Annelise Freisenbruch delivers an atmospheric, meticulously accurate and fast-paced story that will have readers craving more.