Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra

Posted August 3, 2020 by Stephanie in Reviews / 4 Comments

Title: Soothsayer
Author: Kathryn Amurra
Publication: May 2nd 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Purchase it on: Amazon
Rating: 3/5

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 Tullia 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.


Ah yes, three star reviews… my favorite. Again I find it pretty hard to put my thoughts about this book into words. But I will try! 

Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra is a historical romance set in ancient Rome. When I read books set in ancient Rome it’s usually historical fiction, more focused on battles and politics and not romance like this one but reading something slightly different every now and then isn’t that bad.

To keep it nice and short, the story is about Aurelia who is set to marry a much older governor to keep her younger brother safe. When she is escorted to the governor’s home by his captain of the guard, Cassius she didn’t expect to fall for him. So now Aurelia is torn between duty and her feelings for Cassius.

On the one hand I didn’t love this book but on the other I didn’t fully dislike it either. It was hard to stop myself from reading so the story definitely had me hooked. I wanted to know what would happened to the characters, especially Aurelia and Cassius because I was really hoping they could make it work between one another.

I liked the writing a lot but the conversations didn’t flow all that well in my personal opinion. I also didn’t care for the end that much. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet but how everything turned out and was solved was a bit too easy for me. 

But to end this review on a positive note, I was surprised how at the start the relationship between Aurelia and Cassius was more of a hate-to-love kinda thing and a sunshine personality versus a grumpy one. Which happen to be two of my favorite tropes. So that was fun to discover. Soothsayer had both good and less than good things so it ended up being an inbetween book for me. Still worth reading but maybe not re-read worthy. At least for me.

About the author:
I am an intellectual property attorney by day and a writer of Romance novels by night. Some of my best writing takes place between the hours of 10PM and midnight (or later), when I have “logged off” from my day job and my hubby, three girls, and boxer are asleep. I am currently working on the second book in my Ancient Rome Romance series, which started with SOOTHSAYER (available on Amazon). And Book Three has already started to take shape in my mind. So many ideas, and so little time!
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