Books by Kathleen Robinson

HEAVEN'S ONLY DAUGHTER by Kathleen Robinson
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

The author of Dominic (1991)—a grue-streaked tale about a dwarf in and around the decaying fourth-century Roman Empire— offers another adventure in roughly the same venue in the early fifth century. Robinson's story this time, waterlogged with wildly anachronistic dialogue and mind-sets, is based on the true history of Galla Placidia (``Dia''), daughter of the Emperor Theodosius and sister of Emperor Honorius, who marries King Atauf (here, ``Atawulf'') of the Visigoths. The opening execution of a treasonous cousin, regally witnessed by Dia, is fairly grisly, but except for occasional slash-and-slice warfare, this mainly tells how the Roman princess learns to stop waxing imperial all the time, to recognize good Goths, and unexpectedly to fall in love. About to be assaulted when the rampaging Goths sack Rome, Dia is rescued by Atawulf, brother of Gothic King Alaric. Once cleaned up after a bloodbath, Atawulf stirs a spark (``The hard terrain of his muscled arms...brought to mind the contained heat of a volcano''). On the long road south to Sicily, Dia meets the king and his sensible female relatives and, eventually, begins to be at one with her captors; after the death of Alaric and a ragged retreat, she will invite the army into Hadrian's villa to recover. It's here that Dia and Atawulf finally make thunderous love. A shaggy captive-princess saga set in a not-often-utilized period of history. Gory Dominic had more pep and variety. Read full book review >
DOMINIC by Kathleen Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 1991

A fourth-century A.D. young dwarf narrates his adventures— some fairly hideous—here and there within the disintegrating Roman Empire. Dominic, the son of a poor Gallic goatherder, is raised with love and tenderness. Both parents dead (the father is killed by Roman troops), the boy is taken in by an uncle, who after two years sells him into slavery. Then through extraordinary luck Dominic is bought by the leader of a band of vagabond performers, learns their skills, is introduced to a new religion (worship of the Egyptian Isis), and becomes part of a devoted family. Off to Rome for revels—and terrible tragedy. Twice again Dominic will be sold into slavery—some experiences will net him learning, travels to exotic places, and even affection. But later he'll return to the Gallic provinces—and hell itself—in the castle of a sadistic noble. There'll be, happily, a miraculous rescue. Among the lands Dominic travels: Rome, Athens, Constantinople, Alexandria, and some lovely, scenic wild places. An earnest narration unfolds elementary characters, relentless adventures, and views of ancient urban splendors. It all moves along at a lively clip. Read full book review >