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A Mist of Prophecies (Roma Sub Rosa #9)

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A Mist of Prophecies: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome)
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published May 1st 2002)
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Inês Beato
Este foi o pior livro da série Roma Sub Rosa. Não porque o livro seja verdadeiramente mau ou porque faltem enigmas e informações históricas curiosas, mas porque o protagonista, Gordiano, não teve propriamente as ações mais corretas e dignas, especialmente tendo em conta que a mulher, Betesda, está gravemente doente. Não me alongarei nesta questão por causa de possíveis spoilers, dizendo apenas que Gordiano, o meu "herói histórico" preferido hoje em dia, me desiludiu bastante.
Outro ponto fraco d
Mar 07, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Gordianus the Finder mystery centers on the poisoning of Cassandra, an Alexandrian actress-seer who is the new favorite of all the powerful Roman matrons at the time of the Caesar-Pompey conflict in Greece. it's best to do a little Wikipedia research on the Roman Second Civil War before tackling this book because there's a great deal of intrigue involved. Not that Mr. Saylor doesn't give you all the details, but I wish I'd had an overview in mind.
Oct 12, 2016 Kyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start was a bit repetitive (the first/last/second time I saw Cassandra), but except for this it was once again a really great read for everyone who likes the Antiquity!
Georgina Ortiz
Jan 12, 2012 Georgina Ortiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, the OC in me: the Kindle version had some typos, which distracted me at times. Very minor issue, though.

Among Saylor's books (in the Roma Sub-Rosa series) that I have read so far, A Mist of Prophecies can be described as the most "chic." Unlike the previous two novels, Gordianus stayed in Rome to interview, not soldiers and generals for a change, but a bunch of women (most of them powerful).

I liked the way Saylor decided to focus on the way Roman women held influence on their men a
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 29, 2012 Shawn Thrasher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Mist of Prophecies is a return to Rome, after Gordianus the Finder's (Saylor's superb ancient Roman detective) last ventures in various other parts of the empire. Most (but not all!) of the menfolk are off fighting in the war between Caesar and Pompey, but the women all are left behind - and thank the gods! Every well known woman from Roman history at the time of the fall of the Republic makes some sort of appearance in this book, with all their usual conniving and/or sexy ways. Gordianus has ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. The thing I found especially interesting in this book was its depiction of Rome's people during the war between Pompey and Caesar. Ordinary people as well as those more directly involved with the contenders had to have been negatively affected by the war and the uncertainty of which man would prevail.
Another entry from my favorite historical mystery series. In this book, Gordianus the Finder takes on a personal mission of detection which takes him into the homes of the most powerful women in Rome.
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
This is a fun series. I am rarely surprised by it, but usually satisfied.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I feel this is the finest of the "sub rosa" series. Yes, it does feel like it's been written as a screenplay but I'd love to see the film.
Kathy Davie
Jul 30, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eighth * in the Roma Sub Rosa ancient Roman historical mystery series and revolving around Gordianus the Finder and his family in the Rome of 48BC. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Roma Sub Rosa (and the Ancient World prequel) books on my website.

Chronologically, it's MY eighth and Saylor's ninth or twelfth if you include the Ancient World books. The reason it's my eighth is because the technical sixth, The House of the Vestals , is a collection of short stories tha
Oct 29, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially enthralled by Seven Saylor's A MIST OF PROPHECIES. The protagonist, Gordianus the Finder, is an old guy. He has had a long, and interesting career, but now, during the crisis of 48 BC when Caesar and Pompey struggle for rule over the Roman Empire, Gordianus seeks to find the person who murdered his beloved. Even more interesting, the woman who was murdered seems to be afflicted by a divine influence that causes her to prophesy. Ancient history and the spiritual experience of the ...more
Mar 05, 2017 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, crime, pi, non-uk-us, uno
Nice to be back in Rome with more of a standard mystery in this one. Liked the focus on the key political wives/girlfriends.
Hoping the next one will fix Gordianius and his wife's relationship a bit.
Donald Schopflocher
A transitional book with the ultimate outcome of sending Gordianus to Egypt for the goings-on there. It is the Rome Sub Rosa book least anchored in the history of the last days of the Roman Republic, so far. I found it depressing.
Karl Brown
Steven Saylor does it again. Another excellent edition to the series.
Twayne Tur
May 20, 2017 Twayne Tur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Taylor
9th in the ROMA SUB ROSA series featuring Gordanius "the finder". This series occurs in the early to middle years of the 1st century BC as the Roman Republic is slowly dissolving. Gordanius is the Ancient version of a PI. Saylor ties the various volumes to key historical points of Roman Republican history in this tumultuous century with Gordanius solving one murder mystery after another.
These volumes are best read in sequence -- the earliest in the series, the richer and more complex the plot. B
Mar 12, 2017 Hko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
zoals altijd een aardig verhaal vooral om het leven van alledag van de verschillende bevolkingslagen te beschrijven
Gerry Connolly
Oct 05, 2016 Gerry Connolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Mist of Prophecies is another of Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder mysteries set in Caesar's Rome. I've enjoyed eight others. Great history and enjoyable puzzles.
Não conseguindo encontrar o volume anterior - Desaparecido em Massília - decidi avançar na saga Roma Sub-Roma pois o autor costuma fazer um breve resumo de acontecimentos passados relevantes para a história.
Uma jovem e bela vidente acaba por morrer nos braços de Gordiano, em pleno mercado e ainda consegue informa-lo que "ela" a assassinou. Gordiano fica muito abatido, até porque cedo percebemos que Gordiano já conhecia Cassandra, assim acaba por investigar, por sua conta, a morte da vidente.
Suspense Magazine
In the ninth novel in Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series, the Roman world is in the grips of a civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey, and everyone except the wealthiest citizens suffer from food shortages and the effects of rampant inflation.
The novel opens when a woman known as Cassandra falls dead in the arms of Gordianus the Finder, gasping that she was poisoned. Known as a seeress like her Trojan namesake, this Cassandra’s personal history is unknown. While Gordianus organizes and pay
Alison C
Mar 28, 2015 Alison C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mist of Prophecies , by Steven Saylor, tells the story of "Cassandra," a beggar woman called by that name because she is given to odd fits in which she foretells the future. All the best women in Rome want to consult her, especially since their various husbands and lovers are either fighting in the Civil War between Pompey and Julius Caesar or are stirring up trouble in the city itself; nobody knows what the outcome might be of so much chaos. When Cassandra appears suddenly in the marketpla ...more
Fernando Gonzalo Pellico
Una nueva entrega de la Saga sub rosa. Volvemos a ver Roma a través de los ojos de Gordiano el Sabueso, un romano ya más maduro, pero a la vez algo menos fiel a sí mismo y a sus principios, que quedaron definitivamente trastornados tras la anterior entrega de la serie.

Como es habitual, la fidelidad histórica de Saylor es milimétrica en lo posible. Sólo que en esta ocasión buena parte de los personajes son las mujeres de varios personajes importantes y sobre ellas hay mucho menos escrito, lo que
A year after the previous novel set in Massilia, it's now 48 BC. Gordianus, in debt during times of tumult of the continuing civil war, spends his time in the streets. Trying to keep a pulse on the body politic, he encounters a visionary woman named Cassandra. Because everyone is Rome is anxious about how the conflict between Caesar and Pompei will turn out, everyone grasps for hints whether from augury or dreams that could provide an edge on adapting to the future. Cassandra's seizure-like prop ...more
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Rena Sherwood
I have not read the entire series, but this one was my favorite of the books in the series that I've read so far. It helps to have some knowledge of the Roman Republic and the political struggles going on in order to understand the book. For example, if you have no clue what's going on the below GIF, you probably should read a history book (or at the very least, watch a documentary) before reading A Mist of Prophecies:


Cassandra is one of the most interesting characters in the series -- and sadly
Feb 26, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Caesar’s armies vying with Pompey’s forces somewhere in the empire, Rome is thrown into a state of uncertainty as to its future. Gordianus (now encroaching on old age and deep in debt) meets an alluring, beautiful and enigmatic seeress nicknamed Cassandra, and --- rather improbably, though stranger things happen --- begins an affair with her. When she is poisoned, he visits seven of the most important women in Rome in an effort to discover who she really was and how she died.

Saylor did the
J'aime toujours autant me promener dans la Rome antique à côté de Gordianus, suivre pas à pas son enquête Il reste un détective très humain, avec ses failles mais aussi son regard aigu sur ses contemporains sans pour autant passer pour un superman ou un génie ... J'aime aussi beaucoup que l'auteur fasse vieillir son personnage et évoluer son entourage proche J'ai l'impression de retrouver un ami de longue date ce qui le rend encore plus attachant.

Ceci dit, je réserverai ces dernières aventures a
Jan 12, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Saylor developed a passion for all things "Roman" as an adolescent. He's spent years reading and researching everything he could find on this time period and writes stories based on historical events and characters. He doesn't sugar-coat the past nor does he write under the influence of any religious dogma. If you're easily offended by depictions of gladiatorial games, bloodshed, and sexual attractions and situations, do NOT read this series. If however, you're an adult who accepts that a ...more
Nov 17, 2015 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember, one man's bookflap summary may be another man's spoiler.

My first reading of a book by Saylor, who's known for sharing his Roman expertise on the History Channel.

Plotwise: A seer may also, or instead, be an actor or a blackmailer.

Setting-wise: Saylor has a gift for making the time and place of the Roman Republic (not same as Roman Empire) resemble the modern USA.

These Romans, too, have to worry about inflation, "national" (republic) debt due to war costs, a wealthy elite whose life is
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Jan 27, 2015 Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I love this mystery series set in ancient Rome. The detective is Gordianus the Finder. Steven Saylor is a wonderful writer and these are all--classic stay up all night reading--mysteries. A Mist of Prophecies takes place in 48 BC during a period of civil war in the Roman Empire and the author places the action within historical events of the time. What gives it an extra interest for me is the fictional character of Cassandra, the seeress featured in the Agamemnon by Aeschylus. Cassandra is poiso ...more
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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 class
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Other Books in the Series

Roma Sub Rosa (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub Rosa, #2)
  • Catilina's Riddle (Roma Sub Rosa, #3)
  • The Venus Throw (Roma Sub Rosa, #4)
  • A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa, #5)
  • The House of the Vestals (Roma Sub Rosa, #6)
  • Rubicon (Roma Sub Rosa, #7)
  • Last Seen in Massilia (Roma Sub Rosa, #8)
  • The Judgment of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa, #10)
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