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

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

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

During the Roman Civil War, as the forces of Pompey and Julius Caesar fight a series of battles in the provinces over control of the Republic, Rome itself is a hotbed of intrigue as those left behind wait for word. In this tentative and treacherous environment, a beautiful young seeress is murdered in the marketplace. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her own past, Cassandra - like her namesake - is reputed to have had the true gift of prophecy and, as a result, she became a confidante of the rich and powerful.

Gordianus the Finder, who had become obsessed with the woman and her mystery, starts to investigate her murder. As the political situation in Rome continues to decay, the citizenry veers towards ruin, and everyone waits for word out in the far off fields of war, Gordianus begins to peel away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death. What lies underneath involves one, possibly many, of the most powerful women in Rome and the truth could not only put Gordianus's life in danger but affect the very future of Rome itself.

Author Biography: Steven Saylor has had a lifelong fascination with ancient Rome, from the drive-in movies of his boyhood (Cleopatra, Spartacus, Ben Hur), to his degree in history from the University of Texas, and through his appearances on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He is the author of nine volumes in the Roma Sub Rosa series, most recently Last Seen in Massilia, as well as A Twist at the End, a historical novel set in 19th century Texas. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312271213
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/27/2002
Series: Roma Sub Rosa Series , #9
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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A Mist of Prophecies (Roma Sub Rosa Series #9) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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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