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Call to Juno

(Tales of Ancient Rome #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  51 reviews
"An elegant, impeccably researched exploration of early Rome... Elisabeth Storrs weaves a wonderful tale!"
Kate Quinn, author of The Empress of Rome Saga

Four unforgettable characters are tested during a war between Rome and Etruscan Veii.

Caecilia has long been torn between her birthplace of Rome and her adopted city of Veii. Yet faced with mounting danger to her husband, c
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Elisabeth Storrs Apologies for the delay in answering this. Vel Mastarna isn't based on any historical figure because there isn't any surviving literature from the Etr…moreApologies for the delay in answering this. Vel Mastarna isn't based on any historical figure because there isn't any surviving literature from the Etruscans other remnants of ritual text. There is mention in Livy of the Veientane king. Mastarna is conjured from my imagination. I'm glad you found him appealing :) Best wishes Elisabeth(less)
Elisabeth Storrs Hi Megan, thanks for asking this question. You definitely can dive in at any point in the saga. I wrote each book as a standalone.

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Hi Megan, thanks for asking this question. You definitely can dive in at any point in the saga. I wrote each book as a standalone.

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Call to Juno is the third book in a fascinating series set in ancient Rome, as well as in the Etruscan city of Veii. The first book introduces the main characters, Roman Caecilia Aemilius and the Etruscan warrior, Vel Mastarna, who are forced into a marriage as part of a peace treaty between their cities. As we approach the finale in the third book, Caecelia, now the mother of four, has denounced her homeland and become the queen of Veii. The story primarily follows the lives and loves of three ...more
Judith Starkston
Call to Juno is the third in Elisabeth Storrs’ series set in both in the Etruscan city of Veii and ancient Rome. The opening book built an unlikely love story between Roman Caecilia and the Etruscan warrior Vel Mastarna. They were forced into a marriage to build an uneasy peace between their cities, but now in the third book, that peace is long gone. The compelling love story between a man and woman has expanded to the children and extended family they share and the heavy responsibilities as rul ...more
Maria Grazia
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's been an amazing journey since The Wedding Shroud, through The Golden Dice, to Call to Juno. It is one of the best trilogies set in the past I've ever read. It includes 3 page-turners I really enjoyed to delve into. Dense with tension, emotion and sensuousness, crowded with unforgettable vivid characters, the three tales of Ancient Rome will stay with me for their enchanting picture of a world so near to my heart but so distant in time: the magic and beauty of the Etruscan world, the allure ...more
Isobel Blackthorn
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call to Juno opens on a simple domestic scene, a mother watching over her squabbling children. A scene universal and timeless, yet one that is situated firmly in an Etruscan court. All the indicators are present, in the richly described and meticulously accurate details of the setting, the reader left in no doubt that she has been transported back to ancient Roman times. In this fashion the third in Storr’s series is staged, as Caecilia, a Roman treaty bride, helps her husband Vel Mastarna prepa ...more
Mary Josefina Cade
Stunned. My one word reaction to 'Call to Juno', a passionate and inspired conclusion to Elisabeth Storrs' incredible trilogy. I can't reveal the ending.... no I can't say anything....except... the ending.... powerful truth. Vivid amazing images are still whirling through my mind.

Elisabeth Storrs has created a vibrant and totally believable world. I felt that I knew Caecilia, Semni and Pinna as friends. I sympathised so much with Marcus, his intense suffering at the denial of his sexuality, his
Deborah Pickstone
I have included Elisabeth Storrs as a favourite author, having had time now to check some of her historical basis, little being known about the Etruscans. I am not averring that she is accurate - that can't be known - but it's a thoughtful possibility accompanied by excellent storytelling and characterisation - though that falls down a bit with secondary characters, thus 4 stars. I think development of secondary characters is one of the things that separates a good writer from a brilliant one. O ...more
Bookish Darling
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This title has a very significant meaning which will only become apparent by the end of the book, but I also wanted to point out that this is the most intriguing and powerful title for me. While I am not someone who chooses to buy books based on covers, I am definitely drawn to titles.

By the last book events are becoming very intense. It is pretty much universally known (or at least unconsciously known) that only one can emerge victorious. There is just too much conflict on both sides and the gr
Wow!! I am blown away!! I just finished this book and it was stellar, well worth the wait to complete this amazing series!! We pick up right where The Golden Dice left off, following the stories of 3 women and those people and events that spiral out to create their lives.

Still we follow Pina, a former night-moth, a tomb-whore who has caught the coat tails of a Roman general at the front of the war with the Etruscans and with deal making, is putting herself out as a respectable army-wife and con
Camilla Monk
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was given an advanced reading copy. Oh how lucky I was to see this before it was released. I was torn between wanting to finish quickly so I would know the outcome and wanting to draw it out and savor it. I loved these characters, and make no mistake, they grow deeper in this third book than should be possible. How I hated some and loved others. One in particular, who was not endearing before, became a hero in my eyes--totally redeeming himself. They run the gamut of human frailties and streng ...more
Janet Callahan
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A triad of books

Worth every minute spent reading and transporting yourself to other lives in an other time. Great spellbinding read. Historical enough but never dry.
Lin Sten
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review: a historical novel, Call to Juno, by Elisabeth Storrs
509 pages (68 chapters)

Reviewed by Lin Sten

Set in neighboring regions of ancient Italy, Call to Juno is a powerful story of two fierce cultures—Roman and Etruscan—competing for dominance, with the attendant determination, courage, successes, failures, and uncertainties.

For me, whether I am writing or reading a novel (for review), my response is necessarily personal, with whatever shortcomings that may imply. That being underst
Dani Bonam
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Throw a number of interconnected characters together, add a dash of mental complexity to each, sprinkle with a touch of war politics, compelling romance and jarring violence, and you have Call to Juno, the third book in Elisabeth Storrs’ series A Tale of Ancient Rome.

Storrs’ historical fiction novel flits largely between Ancient Rome and the Etruscian city Veii. Conflict between the cities is rife, largely due to ex-Roman Caecilia’s denunciation of her birthplace. Now Queen of Veii, Caecilia’s c
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle
Although I enjoyed the earlier books, I struggled a bit with this one. It felt too long, and parts of it were turgid enough for me to skim. But Storrs still makes excellent use of her research and creates interesting, believable characters who develop as their lives change. Plus the ending is really well done, so I'm not sorry I read it. It would be interesting to see a sequel featuring the surviving Etruscans!
Suzette Burgess
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A perfect blend of fact and fiction

This story was riveting because the author made you believe you were present in 386 B.C.
I read all 3 books in the series and only the Author's Notes at the end of the book tell you which parts are real history and her created storyline. The details were so vivid it was hard to tell if this work was fiction or biography.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly researched

Very good series even though it was quite predictable , predictable enough thAt several times I almost quit reading. Having said that, the plot and characters became stronger as the story progressed. The one indisputable fact about this series is how thoroughly researched it was and the attention to detail. This alone makes these books worth reading.
Dianna Kaiser
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vivid Historical Drama

All three books in this trilogy are very well written, really submerging you in ancient Rome and Veii. You can see, hear, and smell what it would have been like for the characters, as well as really feeling the conflict they deal with. A perfect mix of fast-paced action, chilling suspense, and the rollercoaster emotions of life.
annise sullivan
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If You love tales of ancient history get this book

The story pulled me right in. Once I started the first i read all 3 in a few days.. Well written and engaging. I felt like I was in vein with them. Should definitely write more as I would love to hear what happened to her children after. Get this series you won't regret it.
Lake Lady
I enjoyed the first two books in this series much more than this one. I found this one easy to put down and not very enjoyable to finish. Generally feels like the author ran out of steam but wanted to wrap up the storyline inline with history.
Eva Stewart
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The undying love

This book was so exciting
I've read all 3 books and each one has kept me wanting to read more.I love reading about ancient Greek history. The different types of traditions.This book is a love story that will capture your heart.
Karen Hackett
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Am sorry this trilogy had to end. I enjoyed reading all 3 books very much!!
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Don't read this one at work, folks, unless you can ugly cry in a corner somewhere unseen.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cheated and skipped to the end after finishing two-thirds. Maybe I'll finish it properly, but I'm far too attached to these characters to see it all end. Solid series.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Debbie Collard
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was okay, but was my least favorite of the trilogy. It was long and rambled a bit.
Shari Nightwine
very good
Vickie Booth
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovers of historical novels will find much enjoyment in this tales of ancient Rome series. It is well worth the read.
Debra Eve
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still remember my excitement at discovering The Wedding Shroud, this trilogy's first installment. I fell in love with Etruscan art and culture while studying archeology.

And now Call to Juno concludes this beautiful, bittersweet, extraordinary tale. I always knew how the story would end. (If you're unfamiliar with the ancient Etruscans, don't look them up until you've finished all three books!) But I wondered how Elisabeth would pull it off.

Without giving anything away, she exceeded my expectat
Mary Yarde
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two great nations face each other. Now it is up to the Gods to choose their victor.

Aemilia Caeciliana (Caecilia) has forsaken Rome, the place of her birth and has pledged her loyalties to her husband and his people. Rome however, will never forgive her for such a betrayal. She is an enemy to them now, and if they ever catch her, there will be no mercy. Caecilia knows that the very future of herself and her children are dependent on Veii's defeat of Rome. They must win. The Gods must favour them.
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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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