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AURELIA (Roma Nova) Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Aurelia shows us how different the 20th century might be if women had been full participants in running countries over the centuries. She is a Major in the praetorian Guard of Roma Nova--and heir to the head of the first of the Twelve Families. She has always avoided Caius Tellus, a member of one of the other Twelve Families because he is mean to all of the other children, including her, doing mean, nasty tricks. But he wants to marry her!! And her mother is encouraging him!
Aurelia's mother dies as a result of an extremely suspicious car wreck and Aurelia become head of the family before she is fully prepared.
Something needs to change and she is sent to Berlin as part of a silver trade party. What happens there and after, is a tight suspenseful novel, well worth reading!
Heading back to read the first one!
It took me like six pages to take Aurelia to my heart. It took me another ten pages to be utterly sucked into this fast-paced story, set in an unfamiliar Europe somewhere in the 1960s. What makes Ms Morton’s books so enjoyable is just how plausibly she presents a world slightly – but most fundamentally – different from our own. Tantalising bits and pieces of a Europe unmarked by “a short Austrian with a square moustache” come together to create a whole, a continent in which Roma Nova, proud survivor of the ancient Roman Empire, plays an active role.
In difference to her neighbours, Roma Nova is an equal-gender country – well, it has a matriarchal rather than patriarchal base, and women hold a number of high positions – but able men do as well. In the Europe of the 1960s, women were still mostly expected to embrace the traditional values of being a home-maker, and so Aurelia encounters a lot of preconceived notions when she is sent overseas to investigate who is manipulating the price of silver, Roma Nova’s foremost export.
Ms Morton is without any doubt one of the best dialogue writers I know – nothing ever sounds off-key.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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In her _Roma Nova_ series, Alison Morton engages the query of *What if*, and world-building on the possible answers or results. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisl Zlitni
Book 4 in this suspenseful series did not disappoint! Aurelia is a strong woman faced with all sorts of adversity; survives brutality, loss and heartbreak with a calm dignity that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cathy Helms
Wow, what a series. If you haven't started this series yet, you are really missing out. Here, author Alison Morton presents a thrilling prequel in the alternative history of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Keith
For the fourth time Alison Morton has pulled off the trick of combining the hard-boiled thriller genre with that of alternate universe fiction. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Antoine Vanner
Aurelia is the first of the prequel series to the Roma Nova series that is set in the late 1960s. It is about the grandmother to the protagonist Carina. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lauralee
We are proud to announce that AURELIA (Roma Nova Book 4) by Alison Morton is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is (I think) the fourth book in the author's Roma Nova exciting alternate history series. I've read her first book, Inceptio, but not the other two - even so, I had no trouble... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A Reader
I am constantly amazed by Alison Morton's ability to produce a new spell-binding tale after what I thought was a pretty extensive exploration of the alternate reality world of Roma... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dolphin