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Vestal Virgin: Suspense in Ancient Rome : Suzanne Tyrpak, Terry Roy

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Elissa Rubria Honoria is a Vestal Virgin--priestess of the sacred flame, a visionary, and one of the most powerful women in Rome. Vestals are sacrosanct, sworn to chastity on penalty of death, but the emperor, Nero, holds himself above the law. He pursues Elissa, engaging her in a deadly game of wits and sexuality. Or is Elissa really the pursuer? She stumbles on dark secrets. No longer trusting Roman gods, she follows a new god, Jesus of Nazareth, jeopardizing her life and the future of The Roman Empire.

* New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks says,
"...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice."
* New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says,
"Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic."
Please note: Due to the setting and the times, the book includes several scenes involving deviant sex--suggestive rather than graphic--and not more than a few paragraphs.

Good Reads Summary

This novel is historical fiction based upon real people and events.  For many readers, this factual basis will be a huge draw.  The reader will be able to learn and read about early Christian history through the characters' eyes and whispered dialogue.  The reader will literally experience ancient Rome, the author craftily creates the setting.  The details are intricate and well-explored.  The virgins are chosen as children and promise to serve for 30 years.  Elissa is very likable and a strong woman.  The male characters were not as strong as the females in this case.  Elissa is a mystic who attempts to decipher an ancient mystery that may foretell the destruction of Rome.  This novel has it all-the plot, characters, and setting are sublime.  This novel is great for young adults/adults who appreciate historical fiction combined with terrific characters and a well-described ancient setting.