Synopses & Reviews
In the year 48 B.C., Rome is in the midst of Civil War. As Pompey and Caesar fight for control of the Republic, Rome becomes a hotbed of intrigue, driven by espionage, greed and betrayals. A beautiful young seeress staggers across the Roman marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her past, Cassandra— like her Trojan namesake—was reputed to have the gift of prophecy, a gift many in Rome would pay for handsomely...or resort to murder.
Obsessed with Cassandras mystery, Gordianus investigates her murder. As he peels away the veils of secrecy surrounding her life and death, he discovers a web of conspiracy linking many of Romes most ruthless and powerful women. Now Gordianuss pursuit not only endangers his own life, but could change the future of Rome.
"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 Cassandras 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
About the Author
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.