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A Mist of Prophecies

A Mist of Prophecies

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome (Volume 9)

Steven Saylor

Minotaur Books




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.


Chapter One

The last time I saw Cassandra . . .

I was about to say: the last time I saw Cassandra was on the day of her death. But that would be untrue. The last time I saw her--gazed upon her face, ran my fingers over her...


Praise for A Mist of Prophecies

“As usual, Saylor's research is impeccable, but the history never distracts from the very human drama.... With this intelligent and compelling story, Saylor shows once again why fans of ancient historicals regard him as the leader of the field.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“The problem with a writer with the brilliance of Steven Saylor is that he leaves almost impossible standards for other writers to measure up to. With A Mist of Prophecies, Saylor exceeds even his usual standards of excellence.” —El Paso Times

“Vivid and robust...exquisite detail and powerful drama.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“If you want to visit Rome—ancient Rome—this is the way to go!” —Oklahoman 

“It would be impossible to imagine a more stellar lineup of suspects in all imperial Rome.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating work!” —Midwest Book Review

“One of the best mystery series being published today...A pitch-perfect work...gripping prose.” —Austin Chronicle

“Saylor writes with such easy grace that the politics of these vicious times become as captivating to the reader as the mystery of Cassandra's life and violent death.” —Tampa Tribune & Times

“A gritty depiction of the underbelly of the great city in its heyday...The secret history of Rome has never been so fascinating.” —Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian

In the Press

In Saylor's ninth outstanding Roman historical (after 2000's Last Seen in Massilia), it's 48 B.C. and the Empire is wracked by civil war and civic unr - Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Steven Saylor

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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