For those who have been following this trilogy, you're in for another treat with this, the third book in the series. And for those who haven't, you don't have to read the first two books to enjoy this one, but I urge you to read The Wedding Shroud, the first book, and follow along from beginning to end. Yup, the books are that good!
There are many reasons why I fell in love with this series. One of the main reasons is because of its Ancient Etruscan and Roman settings. The author, Elisabeth Storrs has done an incredible amount of research into these ancient Italian cultures, which lends much credibility and authenticity to her novels.
Etruscan vs Roman - two very different cultures - clash and are at war. At the heart of this turmoil is our protaganist, a native of Rome, but accepted into the highest ranks of the Etruscans. This is a book that has plenty of fascinating characters - eery soothsayers, slaves, cunning prostitutes, and mighty military men to name a few. Betrayal, intrigue, and the brutality of war provide the fodder for the characters to evolve and react to their circumstances in sometimes unpredictable ways.
This books has it all! Beautiful prose, lush descriptions, a wonderfully evil villain, and a heroine and hero to fall in love with. Definitely recommended. One of my favorite trilogies!
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