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The Golden Dice (A Tale of Ancient Rome Book 2) by [Storrs, Elisabeth]
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Book 2 of 3 in A Tale Of Ancient Rome (3 Book Series)

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"Skillfully plotted and with vividly drawn characters, The Golden Dice is a suspenseful, romantic, exciting drama." —Sherry Jones, author of Four Sisters, All Queens

"This is a stimulating and clever novel, and it is very pleasing to know that Call to Juno, a third volume in the series, is currently being written." —Folly Gleeson, Newtown Review of Books

"There aren't many novels of the Roman world that provide such a comprehensive picture, which should give The Golden Dice great appeal for a variety of readers." —Sarah Johnson, reviews editor for Historical Novels Review

“Elisabeth Storrs’s Tales of Ancient Rome series should really be called Tales of Ancient Veii, as it brings the Etruscan town to life. Thank you, Elisabeth, for giving a voice to some of the most intriguing pieces of the Museum of Veii.” —Iefke van Kampen, director Museo dell'Agro Veientano, Formello (Rome)

"With fabulous and richly woven historical detail (a hard thing to do, given how little we know about the mysterious Etruscan civilization), this a must-read novel. Bravo, Elisabeth Storrs." —Ben Kane, author of the Hannibal and Eagles of Rome books

From the Author

Naming my saga the "Tales of Ancient Rome" gives the impression that the novels are solely about Rome but I also wanted to introduce my readers to the world of the Etruscans. My curiosity was first piqued to learn about these people when I saw an Etruscan sarcophagus depicting a couple embracing for eternity. The casket was unusual because, in this period of history, women were rarely commemorated in funerary art let alone a couple depicted in such a pose of affection. The image of the lovers remained with me. What kind of culture exalted marital fidelity while showing such an openly sensuous connection? What ancient society revered women as much as men? Discovering the answer led me to the decadent and mystical Etruscan civilization and the little known story of the ten year war between Rome and the city of Veii.

The three books in the saga tell the tale of this siege but I have endeavored to write each novel as a standalone to enable readers to access the story without needing to read them in order. The Wedding Shroud describes the journey of Roman Caecilia, the treaty bride sent to Veii to marry an enemy Etruscan nobleman, Vel Mastarna. In The Golden Dice, the characters of Pinna, a Roman tomb whore, and Semni an Etruscan servant girl, are introduced to give fresh perspectives. In Call to Juno, the reader will follow the lives and loves of these three women in a desperate quest for survival in the final year of the war. I hope you'll want to learn who will withstand the treachery of both mortals and gods.

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  • File Size: 3490 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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