The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is one of the most significant events in European history. It settled the northern extent of the Roman Empire, preserved the Germanic population as an entity, and determined the language division between Romance and Germanic languages that continues even until today. ShannonQ has written an enjoyable story, narrating the battle and its aftermath with a sexual and magical twist that makes dry history textbooks obsolete.
Maiden of Rome tells the story of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest—and more so, it lends us a flavor of life in the German forest and in Rome's palaces. Much of the storyline is based on real history, but she has taken dry "what happened narrative" and developed her story by inventing "how certain events happened" and crafted her story into those creations.
Evil emperors, powerful generals, crafty warriors, beautiful and heroic women, court intrigue, marriage-honoring families, transforming witches—there's something for everyone. Not particularly strong with its sexual scenes, the reader mostly reads about events rather than experiencing them.
The plot of Maiden of Rome is somewhat convoluted, but logical and easy to follow. The many Roman and German character names could be hard to keep track of, but ShannonQ gives good reminders so we can keep them straight. Unfortunately, too many proofreading oversights mar the story. There's a sequel I haven't read yet, but I certainly plan to.
Maiden of Rome is an enjoyable historical fiction story with some magical and sexual intrigue involved. I enjoyed the story and reading it caused me to do a little outside research to refresh my historical facts about the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. If you enjoy historical fiction, read Maiden of Rome.