During a bitter siege between Rome and the Etruscan city of Veii, three women follow different paths to survive.
Caecilia, Roman born but Etruscan wed, forsakes Rome to return to her husband, Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people while knowing the Romans will give her a traitor’s death if Veii falls. Semni, a reckless Etruscan servant in the House of Mastarna, embroils herself in schemes that threaten Caecilia’s son and Semni’s own chance for love. Pinna, a destitute Roman prostitute, uses coercion to gain the attention of Rome’s greatest general at the risk of betraying Caecilia’s cousin.
Each woman struggles to protect herself and those whom she loves in the dark cycle of war. What must they do to challenge Fate? And will they ever live in peace again?
The Golden Dice is the sequel to The Wedding Shroud. The third book in the A Tale of Ancient Rome series is Call to Juno.
About the Author
Elisabeth Storrs has long held an interest in the history, myths, and legends of the ancient world. She studied classics at the University of Sydney and is a director of the NSW Writers’ Centre and one of the founders of the Historical Novel Society Australasia. Over the years she has worked as a solicitor, a corporate lawyer, and a governance consultant. She lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney, Australia.
Visit her at elisabethstorrs.com.
*I received this ARC via Netgalley* A worthy sequel to her debut novel, The Wedding Shroud, The Golden Dice continues the tale of Caecilia, a half-caste member of Roman society 7 years later. Multidimensional in the depiction of it’s heroine, if a 3D reading experience existed this would be it. The amount of research Ms. Storrs put into this novel and it’s predecessor is impressive, what is even more impressive is Ms. Storrs gift of storytelling.