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A Mist of Prophecies (Roma Sub Rosa Series #9)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    An accurate and intriguing story

    Steven Saylor's novel, A Mist of Prophecies, provides a new window into Roman life. He explores the ancient Roman world through the jealousies and struggles of women rather than the usual male power struggle. As in his other novels, the main character is Gordianus the Finder, an ancient Roman detective. In this intriguing historical fiction he is investigating the murder of a beautiful young seeress poisoned to death. Her funeral is expected to be empty but to Gordianus' surprise, seven of the wealthiest, most powerful women in Rome arrive to view the funeral pyre. Read this book to re-live the economic crisis during Caesar and Pompey's war or explore the lives and motives behind these remarkable women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    I'll Be Back for More!

    This was my first encounter with Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series. I look forward to his next one, which I assume from heavy-handed hints at the end of the book, will take place in Egypt with Cleopatra among the cast of characters! Saylor's re-creation of ancient Rome is clearly well-researched; I greatly enjoyed his descriptions of the homes of the well-to-do. It helps if the reader has some knowledge of ancient history, but even if not, the story is so absorbing and his characterizations so intriguing that it may not matter. The author does occasionally slip into some banal dialogue, but in light of his vivid depiction of an ancient civilization, that slight lapse can be forgiven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2002

    fascinating historical mystery

    In 48 BC Rome is engaged in a great civil war with both sides led by a powerful warrior. Though the battles take place in the outer province of Thessaly, Rome is being drained by the war as inflation is running rampant and people are going into debt with barely enough money to eat. <P>Gordianus the Finder finds himself besieged at every turn. He is worried about the debt to his banker, deeply concerned with his wife¿s mysterious and lingering illness, and frets over the end of his relationship with his adopted son Meto. When Cassandra, a mysterious woman who appear in Rome one day sprouting prophecy, dies in the Finder¿s arms saying she was poisoned, he takes it upon himself to bury her and find her killer. His quest takes him into some of the richest and most influential homes in Rome. <P> A MIST OF PROPHECIES takes us into the heart of Rome during a civil war that makes the inhabitants of the city wary, fearful, and uncertain of the future for themselves and for their glorious Empire. Stephen Saylor descriptions of the times are so detailed that the audience can picture the city in the mind¿s eye. Experience grants the hero the wisdom to search out the killer using his brains while not relying on brawn as he did in his youth. This is a fascinating work, as much a historical novel as it is a mystery. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Another gift from Steven Saylor!!!

    To me the rise and fall of the Roman Empire is fascinating. If you love history as I do this book as all Mr. Saylor"s books Will delight you and keep your interest. I hope Steven Saylor continues writingso I can Enjoy reading is work.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Realistic Character Depiction

    In the tenth novel in Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series, the Roman world is in the grips of a civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey, and everyone except the wealthiest citizens suffer from food shortages and the effects of rampant inflation.
    The novel opens when a woman known as Cassandra falls dead in the arms of Gordianus the Finder, gasping that she was poisoned. Known as a seeress like her Trojan namesake, this Cassandra’s personal history is unknown. While Gordianus organizes and pays for her funeral, he is surprised to see that the only people outside his family who attend her cremation are seven prominent women of Rome. Gordianus sets out to visit the seven women to find Cassandra’s murderer.
    The story flashes back and forth between Gordianus’s investigation of Cassandra’s death as he interviews the seven Roman women who must have some connection to the dead woman, and his own relationship with Cassandra. As these two story lines are woven together, we learn the truth about Cassandra, as well as a side to Gordianus’s character that has not been shown before.
    Saylor’s meticulous knowledge of ancient Rome allows him to depict the daily life of the main characters in a way that makes them as real as my next door neighbors. As the novel builds toward the climax, the threads of intrigue come together in events that are far beyond the imaginings of the Finder and his family.
    The novel begins with a considerable amount of back story in Roman politics, and I found the Roman names of the cast of characters to be confusing. Since the story begins with Cassandra’s funeral, the chronology at the beginning of the book was no help. It begins some forty years before and leads up to the events in the story.
    I enjoyed Saylor’s previous book, “Last Seen in Massilia,” so much, that I hope the weaknesses in “A Mist of Prophecies” are a glitch and he will be back to his delightfully readable and fascinating historical fiction soon.

    Reviewed by Kathleen Heady, author of “The Gate House” for Suspense Magazine

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