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 direction.
Although this truly is Caecilia's story, Storrs features two new ladies in the plot- and their stories are equally riveting. Imagine a potter- artist type- who becomes Caecilia's servant; enter Semni. To that mix, add a 'night moth' (prostitute) named Pinna on the path to changing her lifestyle...this alternating between characters makes for a gripping read that does not allow you to put this book down.
Storrs' prose is superb and it is this quality of writing that makes such a raw novel exquisite and refined even though- because let's face it- this particular time and era with all its harsh realities and crude situations can
often repulse. Not so in THE GOLDEN DICE. There are certain decisions and situations especially where Pinna and Semni are concerned, that can definitely push the limits- yet the reader is not turned off by these women. I actually found myself on their side and totally for their cause.
Besides engaging characters, THE GOLDEN DICE's setting is incredibly real. Storrs creates an environment that evokes the times with impeccable details. THE WEDDING SHROUD (read my review here) really marked me in this aspect. My first time reading about Veii in opposition to Rome, I was fascinated by Etruscan life and baffled by how two ancient places so close in regions could be so different. Storrs continues to amaze in THE GOLDEN DICE by revealing even newer and more mystifying historical elements that can't help but entice and swallow you up into complete plausibility. This book is even better than the first!
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