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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mist of Prophecies
This was the second Steven Saylor book I have read and have since ordered all of the 'Roma Sub Rosa' Series.
In this book Saylor creates a first class mystery which seems to have a life of its own. Caesar is away from Rome engaging Pompey, his rival, in battle, leaving lesser mortals to care for the city and the citizens' problems - not altogether satisfactorily...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mists of Prophecy
The Mists of Prophecy
The Mists of Prophecy is the latest in Steven Saylor's Rome Sub Rosa series and marks the return of Gordianus the Finder. While Rome anxiously waits to hear the outcome of the war between Pompey and Caesar a beautiful young seeress, the aptly named Cassandra, is poisoned. As Gordianus investigates her death he comes into contact with the wives...
Published on 24 July 2002


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mist of Prophecies, 17 Aug 2003
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Mrs "jhgardner" (Willenhall, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This was the second Steven Saylor book I have read and have since ordered all of the 'Roma Sub Rosa' Series.
In this book Saylor creates a first class mystery which seems to have a life of its own. Caesar is away from Rome engaging Pompey, his rival, in battle, leaving lesser mortals to care for the city and the citizens' problems - not altogether satisfactorily. Times are hard and there is widespread unrest against which Saylor weaves a tale of intrigue and deceit wherein from beginning to almost the end it is never clear what roles Cassandra, the young seeress, and the most important females of Rome play. Saylor's tapestry contains threads of the culture and society of the time integral to the mystery adding shadow and light to the tale. All in all this is a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mists of Prophecy, 24 July 2002
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The Mists of Prophecy
The Mists of Prophecy is the latest in Steven Saylor's Rome Sub Rosa series and marks the return of Gordianus the Finder. While Rome anxiously waits to hear the outcome of the war between Pompey and Caesar a beautiful young seeress, the aptly named Cassandra, is poisoned. As Gordianus investigates her death he comes into contact with the wives of many of the men that have been at the centre of Saylor's earlier mysteries and reminisces about his own intense relationship with the murdered woman.
As with his previous books Saylor manages to weave historical fact and fiction so tightly that readers may be tempted to consult the history books to establish which events are documented fact and which only occurred in the imagination of the author. The supporting cast of recurring characters continues to increase which each novel but now at the expense of some stalwarts (eg. Gordianus and his older son are suddenly distant for not apparent reason) although any appearance by Clodia is worth sacrificing a considerably less interesting character for.
After a disappointing entry with Last Seen in Massallia Saylor has had a return to form with this book and although it does not reach the heights of Murder on the Appian Way fans will find much to enjoy. As with the most recent novels in the series a more sombre atmosphere pervades this book than in his earlier works. The disintegration of his relationship with his son Meto, a devoted follower of Caesar, weighs heavily on Gordianus's mind as does the mysterious illness of his wife and crushing debt. This Gordianus is not the sardonic observer of earlier novels but a tired and aging man on whom political upheaval and his own personal problems are taking their toll. The gallery of roman political wives in this novel make for fascinating reading (perhaps at the expense of the mystery itself) but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book are the hints in the final chapter which promise the return of some well loved characters in the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A minor case, 9 Sep 2002
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Mr. Warren M. Fisher (East Grinstead, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A disappointing entry in the Roma Sub Rosa series after the brilliant "Rubicon" & "Last Seen in Massilia". With those books Saylor took us into the heart of the civil war tearing Rome apart, but here he takes a step back. Unfortunately the case Gordianus is pursuing is a minor one and worse still the Finder seems engulfed in a perilous depression. His mood permeates the book in a negative way, weighing down the narrative and hobbling an already pedestrian plot. The book finally catches fire at the end and hopefully bodes well for the next instalment (Gordianus in Egypt with Caesar, Pompey and Cleopatra?)
An enjoyable read, but below Saylor's usually flawless standards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Winding down?, 24 Sep 2004
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P. SIMPSON "nucaleena" (North Yorkshire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I've really enjoyed Saylor's roman novels, but this latest continues the decline noticeable in the previous couple. The plot involves Gordianus' personal life in a fairly implausible way and the historical setting of this particular year in Roman history (i.e. the history of the city itself, not the republic/empire) just isn't as vivid as in previous installments. I'll probably get the next one, but more out of duty and a diminishing hope that Saylor will do something new - but plausible - next time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Molto interessante, 14 Sep 2009
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Moreno Morani "Mormor" (Milan, Italie) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Mist of Prophecies (Roma sub Rosa) (Paperback)
From Giulia Regoliosi's web page "Gli antichi detectives" (Detectives of the ancient world)
Ambientato nel 48 a.C. e incentrato quindi sulla battaglia di Farsalo, il romanzo si svolge però a Roma, in un'atmosfera di angoscia e attesa: con un'idea particolarmente efficace, è costruito intorno alle donne dei protagonisti, Terenzia moglie di Cicerone, la figlia Tullia, La Vestale Fabia sua sorella, Antonia allora moglie di Marc'Antonio, la sua amante Citeride, Fulvia vedova di Clodio e di Curione, Fausta figlia di Silla e moglie di Milone, la moglie di Cesare Calpurnia e Clodia. Legata in vario modo a tutte loro è una giovane attrice e presunta profetessa, di cui per la prima volta Gordiano si innamora, allontanandosi dalla tenace fedeltà alla moglie. Lo scioglimento dell'intrigo, incentrato sulla morte della ragazza, giunge contemporaneamente con l'annuncio della vittoria di Cesare: Gordiano, uscito dal suo breve sogno con la responsabilità di un nuovo figlio adottivo, parte per l'Egitto con la moglie, egiziana d'origine e malata di nostalgia oltre che di gelosia forse inconsapevole, seguendo quasi senza volerlo la via di Cesare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another compelling addition to the series, 13 Nov 2014
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This is another great read from Steven Saylor. Slightly different from many of the other books in the series, in that it's main plot is fairly simple, and very close to Gordianus, it is nevertheless a compelling read. The usual great events are happening around him, as Gordianus attempts to find out who murdered a young and beautiful woman who was - or may have been - able to prophesy the future. He has other reasons for wanting to solve the crime, but that would spoil the story for you!
Suffice to say, this is as good as the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent, 16 July 2009
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Of all Saylor's books, this is my favourite. The plot is addictive and the characters have so much inner life. I read it without being able to stop. This time the mystery was too involving and the good thing is that although it is solved by the end of the book, the story continues in the next book. You should read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ninth in the Sub Rosa Series, 23 Dec 2006
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This review is from: A Mist of Prophecies (Roma sub Rosa) (Paperback)
Steven Saylor's fascination with Ancient Rome began at an early age. A history graduate and former newspaper and magazine editor, he lives in Berkeley, California. His series of books about Ancient Rome and featuring Gordianus the Finder are extremely popular both here in England and also in America. Anyone who is a fan of Lindsey Davis will love these books too. Steven Saylor brings Ancient Rome to life, so much so that the reader can lose himself in the sights and sounds of the ancient city.

Gordianus the Finder, the investigator of crimes, a man whose skill and integrity have made him much sought after by some of the most important men in Rome. Men who may need a secret to be kept, men who need to know that when Gordianus is working for them he will be discreet and not susceptible to bribery,

A beautiful you seeress, a confidante of some of Rome's most power families is found murdered. There are many people in the city who would be happy to see the back of her, particularly some of the wives of Rome's richest and most powerful men, but who would stoop to murder? Gordianus the Finder begins to investigate the murder of this beautiful woman and becomes obsessed with her image. Very little is known about the woman but as
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mist of Prophecies., 17 Dec 2013
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Steven Saylor's seventh book of the Gordianus series A Mist of Prophecies.
The whole series is recommended, with The Seven Wonders Gordianus as a young man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 31 Aug 2013
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I think that this is the best of the series, so far - previously I've found the author's tendency to make apparent his knowledge of Rome rather tedious, but there is none of that in this book and it benefits as a result. highly recommended.
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