Hi! Today I have a review of a historical romance that I recently read, and I’m excited to talk about it, so here is my review of Soothsayer, by Kathryn Amurra.
Author: Kathryn Amurra
Release Date: May 10th 2020
Genre: Historical romance
Series? 1st in the series Soothsayer’s Path
*this review is spoiler-free*
Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother’s safety, she gives up on her dream of finding love in return for his protection.
Cassius is the ill-fated captain of the governor’s guard tasked with escorting the Lady Aurelia and her unpleasant aunt to the governor’s estate. Since the soothsayer Tulia foretold an early death for him, Cassius wants nothing more than to keep his hands busy with labor and his heart free from any connections to the world he believes he will be leaving soon. As they work through a series of misfortunes on the road to the governor’s province, the words of the soothsayer start to make sense, and together they find the courage to allow their true destiny to unfold.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The historical aspects were also really cool. I love historical fiction, and although I don’t read much historical romance, I really enjoyed it. The book takes place in ancient Rome and follows the story of Aurelia. Aurelia lives with her Aunt and her brother, after the passing of her father. She is almost 20 years old, and when the governor of a neighboring province comes to visit her family, he asks for her hand in marriage.
Three times her age, Aurelia’s first instinct is never. ever. would she accept. But the governor points out something important: he can protect her brother if she marries him and moves with her family to the governor’s home, where he has power.
So, his manipulative reasoning works, and she agrees to marry him. She is escorted to his home by a few soldiers, but after a few mishaps, she ends up traveling alone with the soldier Cassius.
Aurelia was definitely my favorite character. Her dedication to protecting her brother, and her overall courage was amazing. I loved reading about her, and she was an wonderful main character to read about.
Cassius was interesting. His backstory was good, and his personality was well developed. I think that the way his character changed throughout the book was really good.
Although at times I struggled to stay very engaged with the plot, Aurelia’s character sort of kept me going through it.
The writing style was overall good, and I loved the descriptions. The one place where I thought it fell short was with the dialogue.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this, and although it wasn’t a five star read for me, I do think that people who really love historical romance would really enjoy it.
Kathryn Amurra has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and writing since grade school. She found her own hero just after graduating college and married him, and they have three girls together. Although her characters live inside her head all day, she writes at night, when she has logged off from her “day job” and her kids are asleep.
A historical romance with interesting characters and a compelling plot, Soothsayer wasn’t always my cup of tea, but overall was pretty good. The descriptions in the writing were wonderful, and the characters were well developed. The romance part of the book was well done, and I’m very glad that I read the book!
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
To who? Fans of historical romance, and anyone interested in a historical novel set in ancient Rome.