- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Createspace (6. März 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1460943147
- ISBN-13: 978-1460943144
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,1 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.257.876 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Vestal Virgin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. März 2011
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Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available as a trade paperback and in all eformats. Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, "Pure comedic brilliance." Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition. *New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: ..".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."
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The virgins typically were chosen as children and took vows to serve for 30 years. Vestal virgin Elissa is the main character and she is no exception to the strict laws. As a vestal, she is an educated and powerful woman who starts out wanting to avenge her brother's death at the hands of the tyrannical Nero. She ends up finding a better goal. Along the way she is pursued by Nero, who thinks he is a god. But courageous Elissa is also a mystic and she works to decipher an ancient prophecy that foretells the destruction of Rome. Elissa's younger sister Flavia is another strong woman character. Ambitious Flavia has a different goal from her sister--she wants to become Nero's wife.
I read this book quickly, unable to put it down. I was caught up in the story and totally invested in the lives of the well-drawn characters. I loved Elissa and even Flavia, who behaved like a naive and spoiled child, won me over in the end. The men characters, though well-drawn, did not appeal to me as much and came across as weak in comparison to the women.
Very enjoyable book and I would like to read more by this talented author.
The story begins with Elissa, the Vestal Virgin who is attending the Circus Maximus and the Emperor Nero has chosen her brother Marcus as a sacrifice, accused of treason. After this inciting incident, the plot becomes more convoluted. We have the Christian subplot with Elissa's love interest Justinus, Then there is Elissa's scheming sister Flavia who sets her sights on the Emperor himself. She ends up being forced to become a Vestal herself after having wolfish, twisted sex with the Emperor.
Too much starts to get thrown into the mix. It is in fact distracting. The foreshadowing of the Oracle's predictions about the fire is overdone and so obviously predictable. At the end, everything came together in just too convenient of a way that seemed unrealistic. Many times I suspended my belief regarding the subplots but they just did not resonate with me.
I wish there had been more on the Vestals. I thought Mother Amelia was a strong character and would liked to have her featured more throughout the novel. Also, it seemed as if Elissa was barely in the Temple. She was constantly sneaking out to meet or spy on others.
Like a puzzle, the author made sure everything fell into place at the end. The pieces fit but the final picture somehow did not add up to a satisfying ending.
The characters were not deeply drawn out and the author threw in some graphic, tawdry moments that perhaps could have been hinted at. Subtlety was not a strong point in the novel. More emotion between the characters would have fleshed them out. I just didn't feel a strong connection between them.
If you want well written descriptions of a tumultuous time in Rome, this is the book for you. I thought the dialogue was good throughout the book with the exception of the ending where some of the lines seemed stilted and cliched. I think keeping the story simpler and more realistic would have benefited the overall book.
I didn't find enough suspense in the story line to read this book in one breath. It took me several weeks actually, usually reading in the early morning hours trying to get back to sleep.
Miss Tyrpak did her homework, and many details are described about the day to day life of ancient Rome. Still, I was missing the bigger picture and more background information in order to see this book as true historical fiction.
In a romantic novel I like to see romance and even eroticism, but none I found here. Romance is emotion, and very few emotions are described, or at least not enough for me to identify with. I thought it was a missed opportunity to brush over erotic scenes, no matter how twisted.
I did appreciate the description of the Roman gods in combination with the upcoming Christian believe system, but again, much background information is missing in order to form a bigger picture in which to place this story.
Overall, a promising novel. With practice and more profound research Suzanne Tyrpak may turn out to become a real good author of historical fiction.
I could not put this book down, stopped reading all other materials- just to finish. I guess the end was a little too neatly tied together for my tastes but I really enjoyed the read.