AURELIA: An Aurelia Mitela Roma Nova thriller (Roma Nova Thriller Series) Paperback – January 22, 2019
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About the Author
All six Roma Nova full-length novels have been awarded the BRAG Medallion. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society's Indie Editor's Choices. AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. SUCCESSIO was selected as an Editor's Choice in The Bookseller. CARINA is a novella set between INCEPTIO and PERFIDITAS. ROMA NOVA EXTRA brings together eight short stories.
A 'Roman nut' since age 11, Alison has misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. She holds an MA History, blogs about Romans and writing. Now she continues to write thrillers, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband.
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- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Paperback : 286 pages
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.72 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN-13 : 979-1097310165
- Publisher : Pulcheria Press (January 22, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07MGJ6MJJ
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,410,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are many novels that take as their starting point the assumption that a major historical event turned out differently: The South won the US Civil War, Hitler conquered Europe and kept it, the Spanish bested Drake or Napoleon won at Waterloo. Alison Morton’s four Nova Roma books take a different path. Instead of a different outcome, Ms. Morton imagines what happened if a culture survived.
The idea: A small corner of the Roman Empire survived, keeping some of the culture and religion of Rome – and Latin! – alive into the twentieth century, while the country itself – Nova Roma – had to change to accommodate technological changes. Like Switzerland, Nova Roma has never been conquered. Morton takes practices that were alive during Roman times, such as Senators having clients, and imagines how those practices morphed in almost 2,000 years.
There is a further twist, a twist that makes the books so imaginative. Unlike Switzerland, a patriarchal society, Nova Roma is a matriarchy, albeit a modern one.
So what is excellent about the books?
1. Use of history. Ms. Morton has thought out how today would be different if Nova Roma existed for the past 2000 years. BUT, this history is dropped into the plot in frozen blocks; instead, only when relevant is it mentioned.
2. Use of history. As far as I can determine or remember from my history and years of Latin, the little details of society then are accurate. This makes it so easy to accept Ms. Morton’s recreation of them in modern form – no “willing suspension of disbelief” is required.
3. Plot. Well thought through. Each book has a natural conclusion (no cliffhangers), while creating the beginnings of events that will form the plots for the next books.
4. Characters. I am a fan of strong women – women with “agency” – the ability to make things happen rather than respond to events. It is also the ability to learn from mistakes.
5. Complicated personal relationship(s). There is a romance here, in addition to mystery and suspense. The romance is far from linear.
What didn’t I like? I think that the female lead, Carina Mitela, should have made a different romantic choice. However, I’m male, and I tend to be harder on male characters than I gather female readers are.
My standard disclaimer: I purchase the books, I don’t know the author and I wasn’t asked to review them.
While there was plenty of action, the language flowed easily yet was intelligent; it didn’t need grisly detail or expletives to make you sit up a little straighter and hold your breath, wondering what was to come next. Toward the end, I actually became worried I might run out of pages before the story ended – I did not. But I was sorry to have come to the end of such an interesting speculative fiction premise.
Thank you, Alison Morton, for the enjoyable hours I spent reading Aurelia.
Inge H. Borg, Author of the “Legends of the Winged Scarab” Series.
As an alternate history novel, Aurelia by Alison Morton throws the reader into a dimension where the roman culture never died. The story takes place in Roma Nova in an alternate timeline where the Roman Empire didn’t fall. Roma Nova citizens though, live in a modern era, like ours. They drive cars, fly planes, and misbehave like we do. In this alternate timeline women are not second citizens, but rule like men. and they do it in a matriarchal society. I love books with strong women, but where the female character is not a man with a woman's name. Ms Morton knows how to write a woman lead character without falling into the trap of making her a male character with a woman’s name. The book is in first person, therefore we see the story through Aurelia's eyes and only hers. This is a style I usually dislike, but Alison Morton has mastered it. All in all, I loved this book.
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Top reviews from other countries
In earlier books, much has been made of Carina’s similarity to Aurelia, both in character and looks. This comes across in the way Aurelia’s voice is close to that of Carina, yet subtly different so the reader doesn’t forget this is a different character; a different time; and a different narrative; but the same great story-telling. Recommended reading for lovers of history and/or thrillers.
But I never thought of a prequel ( I think I would do well as a man in Roma Nova!) The story of Aurelia in her early days was as good as any spy /thriller novel I have read in many a year
The other reviews have detailed the storyline so I shall not repeat it here. Suffice to say it only took a couple of days to read. It was engrossing from the first few pages
I believe there is another in the pipeline and I look forward to that arriving
To think that when I got the first book, I wasn't sure.......................silly me!!!!
Well done Alison, another blockbuster of a book. Thank you