The Golden Dice (Tales of Ancient Rome, #2)

The Golden Dice (Tales of Ancient Rome, #2) An Enthralling Tale Of Political Intrigue, Romance, And Corruption M Louisa Locke, Author Of Maids Of MisfortuneDuring 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.Revised Edition This Edition Of The Golden Dice Includes Editorial Revisions. The Golden Dice is the second novel in Storr s series about the Etruscans and their conflicts with the Romans during the early period of Roman history At the heart of this novel is the marriage and love between the Roman Caecilia and the Etruscan general Vel Mastarna In the earlier novel, The Wedding Shroud, Storr showed how this unlikely union came about and moved it from fear and distain to a powerful bond of complicated passion Although this marriage still has its strains and doubts, the conflict of the story no longer arises from the relationship between Caecilia and Vel, but rather from external forces brought on by the long war between Rome and the Etruscan city of Veii The dangers to Vel and Caecilia come from the Roman army outside the walls and from within the highest ranks of Veii s nobility, whose distrust of the Roman woman provides an excellent excuse for undermining her powerful husband The reader s view into this world is widened in this book to include multiple women as narrators Caecilia, Pinna and Semni Since Pinna and Semni a
Much better than vol.1 in the series, which I consider of a historical romance This novel has three heroines and alternates between their stories Caecilia, wife of the Etruscan general, Vel Mastarna, and her life and family, several years on Pinna, a Roman prostitute, who desires to raise herself from that lifestyle and wishes to follow a Roman general, Camillus and a servant in Caecilia s household, demoted from her position as
In The Golden Dice, Caecilia has matured significantly, and has borne another son She s made her choice She is committed to Veii and her husband, Mastarna Unfortunately, peace remains elusive, and Mastarna spends much time fighting the Romans, even as political intrigue continues unabated in Veii, as well.The characters Storrs creates are magnetic, especially the compelling Mastarna, but in this book, he is joined by a courageous, willing to gamble Caecilia and characters as well that I have found unforgettable There is Arruns, the brutal yet somehow enchanting guard with the snake tattoo I can easily see why Semni wants him so, and I found their scenes together mesmerizing There s Tarchon, Mastarna s son, who is led astray, and Drusus, who becomes a lightning rod But two of the most compelling characters, fleshed out gorgeously in this volume, are Pinna, poorest of the poor prostitutes, and Semni, the artistic, independently minded, slave Pinna, especially, I sympathized with Storrs brings the pathetic life of a low prostitute, one who plies her trade at gravesites, to vivid life, and I do so want her lot to improve She has the guts to set her sights high, and I like that Pinna and Semni become major characters in The Golden Dice, and I love them both They add great dimension to the sto
I read Storrs first book, The Wedding Shroud, last year and couldn t put it down, I ve just finished her second book, the sequel called The Golden Dice and I m thrilled to say I couldn t put this one down either I was reminded of Mary Renault s The Persian Boy, a book in which the life and actions of Alexander the Great is told through the eyes of a young Persian eunuch who loved Alexander Storrs book has the same attention to detail, evocative atmosphere, solid characterisation and narrative momentum that made Renault s books such a wonderful gateway to immersion in the ancient world The Wedding Shroud was published in 2010 by Pier 9, a Murdoch Books imprint, part of their ill fated foray into fiction The publishing climate took a dive in 2011 and Pier 9 cancelled the publication of the sequel, The Golden Dice, which was the second book of a two book contract These things happen, I guess.Publishing is a hit and miss industry with talented writers sinking into oblivion every day, so I was very happy to hear Storrs went on to self publish The Golden Dice on s KDP Plus she s found greater success with The Wedding Shroud ebook in America than she did here in Australia It s always gratifying to see a talented writer find their reading audience, defy the industry and take control of their career.A natural story teller, Storrs takes us into t
There was a comment I read somewhere in Goodreads comparing The Wedding Shroud s Caecilia with Bella Swan of Twilight I couldn t disagree And disagree violently, I will From what I ve read on Ancient Rome and I ve read lots , proper Roman women were supposed to be virtual wallflowers simple, hardworking and most of all, subservient to their men Having brought up in this stringent world, it was expected of Caecilia to be confused and conflicted when she was thrust into the colorful, loose world of the Rasenna Imagine the horror she felt, the depression, as she was confronted with the reality that she was supposed to go against every fiber of who she thought she was And Caecilia was forced to change her values because she was not married to just any Etruscan, she was married to a noble Caecilia is an unforgettable heroine, and one of my all time favorites Ms Storrs deftly continues her beautiful, indelible story in The Golden Dice She is a grea
This was a fabulous sequel to the Wedding Shroud I loved the additions of Semni and Pinna Pinna s story keeps the reader informed about what s going on in Rome and both her and Semni s stories offer the reader another side of Rome and Veii beyond the upper classes Cross posted on Gemna s Book Gems Please note this review will contain spoilers for The Wedding Shroud The Golden Dice is the much anticipated sequel to one of my favourite historical fiction novels of all time, The Wedding Shroud by Australian author Elisabeth Storrs Set in ancient Rome, The Golden Dice picks up seven years after the conclusion of the preceding book This time the story follows not only that of Caecilia, the Roman woman married to Etruscan husband Vel Mastarna, but introduces two new female heroines Semni and Pinna.The ending of The Wedding Shroud was a little ambiguous, but I chose to believe that Caecilia found her way back to Mastarna Yay I was right Not only did she return to him, but this time she marries him by her own choice It s clear over the seven years since then their bond has strengthened as has their family which has nurtured two young boys and soon after, a daughter despite the war that takes him away and only returns him at winter Caecilia seems to have settled into life as an Etruscan, though there s still some unrest among the people, some of who still believe she s a traitor It becomes clear early into the s
I ve been reading some rather grim books lately, so The Golden Dice was a welcome change Elisabeth Storrs writes historical fiction set in the days of Ancient Rome, and since I really enjoyed The Wedding Shroud see my review , I was keen to read the sequel Just last week I met a woman whose husband was of German Russian parentage and we had a brief discussion about how unusual that was, given the enmity that both sides might still harbour for WW2 atrocities It reminded me of neighbours I once had, a Palestinian happily married to an Israeli It takes a remarkable love to rise above political and cultural hostilities like that, but it s also interesting to consider the circumstances in which such a couple might meet, how their initial reservations might be overcome, and how their ongoing relationship is negotiated in their community, whichever it might be.In The Wedding Shroud Elisabeth Storrs considered the introductory phase of such a relationship The central character Caecilia is a Roman noblewoman who is used to barter peace through a diplomatic marriage with Vel Mastarma of the neighbouring Etruscans In her absorbing first novel Storrs showed
The Golden Dice by Elisabeth Storrs is a sequel to the highly successful The Wedding Shroud The story of Caecilia and Mastarna s controversial marriage continues with the Romans and Etruscans divided and at odds than ever before After having clearly made her choice to remain with her husband and abandon her Roman roots, Caecilia is at the centre of a storm of spite coming from Roman family, friends, and citizens Unfortunately, she is still not accepted by everyone in her new city of Veii and soon finds herself betrayed and having to make an impossible choice.Where this novel excels is the magnificent characters and their detailed back stories and ever evolving development They always surprise, changing from bad to good, trustworthy to treacherous, lovable to abhorrent Elisabeth Storrs spectacular research into the ancient Etruscan and Roman cultures, brings the tale to vibrant life, lending credibility and au
First Reading January 9th 13th 2014Second Reading May 24th 27th 2016This book looked good, but I was NOT expecting this when I bought it I won t lie, I paid under 5 for this book and it is worth every penny.Amazingly and beautifully written, detailed and researched, there is passion and depth on every page From the very first page you re in and your hooked A saga of early Rome, not yet the hedonistic, pleasure seeking culture we see in later years, we meet 3 women in different social standings but facing so much of the same journey love, husbands, strength and survival This author creates realistic scenery and immerses you into each location and event as though you are waiting to enter the room yourself, you can tell she loves the subject matter and has spent time fleshing all the corners out so it resonates with life