"The religion, traditions, customs, and lifestyle of the Etruscans are told in vivid detail in this book, which I actually read first, before "The Wedding Shroud." I had no trouble at all doing this. "The Golden Dice" works well as a stand-alone novel. With Caecilia having chosen her side and standing firm with the Etruscans, one wants them to triumph over Rome. Yet Storrs creates equally compelling Romans, in the character of Camillus, the captivating general, Drusus, and Marcus. Each character, in his-her own way, draws the reader into their thrall."