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The Golden Dice

(Tales of Ancient Rome #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  69 reviews
"An enthralling tale of political intrigue, romance, and corruption." M. Louisa Locke, author of Maids of Misfortune

During a bitter siege between Rome and the Etruscan city of Veii, three women follow different paths to survive.

Caecilia, Roman born but Etruscan wed, forsakes Rome to return to her husband, Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people while kno
Kindle Edition, 504 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing (first published June 7th 2013)
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All my books can be read as standalone as I try to include backstory without burdening the reader but hopefully enough to enlighten them. Of course, reading all 3 books will intensify a reader's enjoyment. I always like to follow the lives of the characters in any trilogy.

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Judith Starkston
The Golden Dice is the second novel in Storr’s series about the Etruscans and their conflicts with the Romans during the early period of Roman history. At the heart of this novel is the marriage and love between the Roman Caecilia and the Etruscan general Vel Mastarna. In the earlier novel, The Wedding Shroud, Storr showed how this unlikely union came about and moved it from fear and distain to a powerful bond of complicated passion. Although this marriage still has its strains and doubts, the c ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than vol.1 in the series, which I consider more of a historical romance. This novel has three heroines and alternates between their stories: Caecilia, wife of the Etruscan general, Vel Mastarna, and her life and family, several years on; Pinna, a Roman prostitute, who desires to raise herself from that lifestyle and wishes to follow a Roman general, Camillus; and a servant in Caecilia's household, demoted from her position as a potter and who seeks revenge on Caecilia, by way of her ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In "The Golden Dice," Caecilia has matured significantly, and has borne another son. She's made her choice. She is committed to Veii and her husband, Mastarna. Unfortunately, peace remains elusive, and Mastarna spends much time fighting the Romans, even as political intrigue continues unabated in Veii, as well.

The characters Storrs creates are magnetic, especially the compelling Mastarna, but in this book, he is joined by a more courageous, willing-to-gamble Caecilia and more characters as well
Pip Fioretti
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Storrs first book, The Wedding Shroud, last year and couldn’t put it down, I’ve just finished her second book, the sequel called The Golden Dice and I’m thrilled to say I couldn’t put this one down either. I was reminded of Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy, a book in which the life and actions of Alexander the Great is told through the eyes of a young Persian eunuch who loved Alexander. Storrs book has the same attention to detail, evocative atmosphere, solid characterisation and narrative ...more
Georgina Ortiz
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a comment I read somewhere in Goodreads comparing The Wedding Shroud's Caecilia with Bella Swan of Twilight. I couldn't disagree more. And disagree violently, I will. From what I've read on Ancient Rome (and I've read lots), proper Roman women were supposed to be virtual wallflowers—simple, hardworking and most of all, subservient to their men. Having brought up in this stringent world, it was expected of Caecilia to be confused and conflicted when she was thrust into the colorful, "lo ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fabulous sequel to the Wedding Shroud. I loved the additions of Semni and Pinna. Pinna's story keeps the reader informed about what's going on in Rome and both her and Semni's stories offer the reader another side of Rome and Veii beyond the upper classes.

Cross-posted on Gemna's Book Gems
Lauren K
*Please note this review will contain spoilers for The Wedding Shroud*

The Golden Dice is the much anticipated sequel to one of my favourite historical fiction novels of all time, The Wedding Shroud by Australian author Elisabeth Storrs. Set in ancient Rome, The Golden Dice picks up seven years after the conclusion of the preceding book. This time the story follows not only that of Caecilia, the Roman woman married to Etruscan husband Vel Mastarna, but introduces two new female heroines; Semni an
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been reading some rather grim books lately, so The Golden Dice was a welcome change! Elisabeth Storrs writes historical fiction set in the days of Ancient Rome, and since I really enjoyed The Wedding Shroud (see my review), I was keen to read the sequel…

Just last week I met a woman whose husband was of German-Russian parentage and we had a brief discussion about how unusual that was, given the enmity that both sides might still harbour for WW2 atrocities. It reminded me of neighbours I once
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Dice by Elisabeth Storrs is a sequel to the highly successful The Wedding Shroud. The story of Caecilia and Mastarna’s controversial marriage continues with the Romans and Etruscans more divided and at odds than ever before. After having clearly made her choice to remain with her husband and abandon her Roman roots, Caecilia is at the centre of a storm of spite coming from Roman family, friends, and citizens. Unfortunately, she is still not accepted by everyone in her new city of Veii ...more
First Reading January 9th-13th 2014
Second Reading May 24th-27th 2016

This book looked good, but I was NOT expecting this when I bought it. I won't lie, I paid under $5 for this book and it is worth every penny.

Amazingly and beautifully written, detailed and researched, there is passion and depth on every page. From the very first page you're in and your hooked. A saga of early Rome, not yet the hedonistic, pleasure seeking culture we see in later years, we meet 3 women in different social standin
Lance McMurchy
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is good book based at a time I know little about; 398 BC, when Rome was only a city state, and not a world controlling monster, but a walled city in conflict with other city states. not being a fan of romance I was never likely to love it. but, to my surprise, it was better than I expected. it had a gritty, raw nature to it that would appeal to the male reader. though at times the story went a bit flat, the ending was absolutely compelling. I did struggle with some of the characters but was ...more
Deborah Pickstone
I really enjoyed the first of Ms Storr's books. I am bothered by the fact that so little is known about the Etruscans, making this really Historical Fantasy rather than Fiction. It seems well researched insofar as that is possible but it's a bit like trying to reconstruct the story of Christ from writings a hundred years later - it's not very reliable where anything is known and far, far more is unknown. I enjoyed the story despite this nit-picking, however; she's a good writer. I have now begun ...more
Bree T
Caecilia was a young Roman woman, wedded to an Etruscan in a political move. The two peoples have been at war for generations and Caecilia had to put her fear and disgust at the more liberal Etruscan ways aside. To her surprise, she and her husband managed to find common ground and although he divorced her and was to send her back to Rome, Caecilia chose to return to Vel Mastarna for a real marriage, wanted by both of them.

It is is now seven years since she has made that decision and she has pre
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The Wedding Shroud was one of the most interesting historical romances that I have read in quite some time. So I wasted no time in picking up its sequel.

In this instalment we see Cecelia in a new light. She has taken control of her own life and married Mastarna by her own choice. She is now a wife and a mother who is well settled in the Entruscan lifestyle. Still, there are people who believe her to be a traitor and distrust her. The bond between Cecelia and Mastarna has become stronger over the
I approached this sequel with some hesitation since I didn't care for the protagonist, Caecilia, in the first book. (That I liked the story in spite of her says a lot about the plot and writing.) This book makes Caecilia matured. She is more emotionally stable and wise, as if she finally grew into all the praise heaped on her previously. Her conflicts and motivations are more complex and believable.

The Golden Dice tells its story through from the POV of three women: Caecilia, whose story we got
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Caecilia and Vel Mastarna are back in the riveting tale, THE GOLDEN DICE. Rome and Veii once again at war, Caecilia is internally torn between her beloved place of birth, Rome, and her adopted Veii, where she has now laid new roots, created a family and found love. Going deep into evoking all of Caecilia's sentiments, we feel her turmoil. This part of the story is great reading in itself, but I loved that Storrs spiced it up with a twist by including new characters that helped the story shift di
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fiction
I'm glad Elisabeth Storrs was able to self-publish this after the second part of her book deal fell through, and she did it very professionally too (except for the covers, which look as if the books are bodice-ripping Restoration romances). Fans of The Wedding Shroud will be very happy with this sequel. Caecilia is now much more mature, a wife and mother. Storrs also tells the story through two new characters -- Semni, a skilled potter who ends up as a servant in Caecilia's house, and Pinna, a R ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Elisabeth Storrs seamlessly weaves the stories of three women of very different backgrounds into this compelling novel about the wars between ancient Rome and the Etruscans. From the very first chapter we are transported into a time so different from ours with details that are readily appreciated and never confusing. Caecilia is the central character, a Roman married to an Etruscan warrior who leads an army against Rome. Strong and stoic, Caecilia must decide where her loyalties lie. Then we hav ...more
M. Louisa Locke
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Dice is a wonderfully satisfying sequel to Elisabeth Storrs' The Wedding Shroud. In this book, the story of Lady Caecilia, the Roman married to the Estruscan Vel Mastarna, is intertwined with that of two other women, Pinna, and Semni. All three women's lives are dramatically changed by the interminable war that broke out in 405 B.C. between Rome and the Etruscans.

Caecilia, now a mother and an assured Etruscan wife, finds her place in her adopted country increasingly precarious, while
Paul Burnette
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caecilia and Pinna . . . taking their chances. Storrs has crafted multiple intertwining plots wound around two super heroines who are entertaining in the complexity of their relationships with husbands, lovers, husband's children, own children, persecutors, all in the swirling melee of betrayals by their country or their culture. Caecilia and Pinna throughout feel like your mother, your wife, your sister, and your daughter, by turns, but mostly feel like they will be survivors despite dire and i ...more
Lia Harper
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is the second book in a series, and I also enjoyed (and highly recommend) the first book, The Wedding Shroud. I am looking forward to the third book which I believe is currently being written.

The book is a wonderful blend of character development, intrigue, romance, and historical fiction. A good glimpse into this time period of history (Ancient Rome).

Highly recommend! Especially for those who like historical fiction of ancient history.
Covering a lesser period in Roman history when Rome was little more than a city state I found The Golden Dice an interesting and compelling read. There is quite a bit of detail at times which I felt enhanced the authenticity of the characters and I was very impressed by the level of research that went into the book. I am a big fan of historical fiction and getting harder to impress. No problem with anything by Elisabeth Storrs though.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received this ARC via Netgalley*
A worthy sequel to her debut novel, The Wedding Shroud, The Golden Dice continues the tale of Caecilia, a half-caste member of Roman society 7 years later. Multidimensional in the depiction of it’s heroine, if a 3D reading experience existed this would be it. The amount of research Ms. Storrs put into this novel and it’s predecessor is impressive, what is even more impressive is Ms. Storrs gift of storytelling.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War erupts between Rome and The Etruscans, and Rome carries the siege through the winter destroying farms and villages, disrupting the trade routes in an attempt to starve out the Etruscans. Political and religious maneuvering within both Roman and Etruscan groups just adds to a difficult situation for the cities and for Cecaelia personally.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am new to Elizsabeth Storrs and thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating insight into Roman history. I thought the story/plot was well conceived, as were the characters and the detail underpinning the settings. I have some catching up to do as this is the second one in the series which I am certainly looking forward to reading.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Storrs writes wonderful historic fiction. Well researched, meticulous in the detail, she sweeps you away to the trials and tribulation of an ancient world. This was my first book from her and I have a little catching up to do.Loved the characters and plot, looking forward to reading more.
Faith Justice
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
A satisfying read, set in a little-explored time period. I always enjoy stories set in different times or places, where I learn about new societies while I'm enjoying the journey of a well-drawn character. Storrs excellent research shows in her detailed setting and characters development.
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Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lake Lady
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to admit I didn't enjoy The Golden Dice quite as much as I did The Wedding Shroud (first in the series). The pacing seemed to bog down a bit somewhere between half and three-quarters of the way through. I also don't like how even though this is a trilogy the ending of this one felt as if it ended abruptly. I didn't feel this way with the first book. Even with these faults I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Elisabeth Storrs has long held an interest in the history, myths and legends of the ancient world. She is an Australian author and graduated from the University of Sydney in Arts Law, having studied Classics. She lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney and over the years has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer and governance consultant. She is the founder of the Historical Novel Society ...more

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