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AURELIA (Roma Nova) Paperback – May 5, 2015
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"Morton raises the bar on her Roma Nova series with a thrilling and intriguing history of what might have been. Effortlessly weaving fact and speculative fiction, AURELIA explores a 1960s that is at once familiar and and utterly different - a brilliant page turner that will keep you gripped from first page to last. Highly recommended." - Russell Whitfield, author of the Gladiatrix series 'What if the Roman Empire hadn't fallen? Alison Morton handles this intriguing premise with her customary panache in AURELIA.' - Ruth Downie, author of the Ruso Medicus series "Yet again, Ms Morton delivers a fast-paced story set in a world slightly - but fundamentally - different from our own. Roma Nova as a country does not exist - not really - but Ms Morton paints this alternate world of hers with such colours, such details, that by the time the book has ended it comes as a surprise to return to a world without Roma Nova, without strong, impressive women like Aurelia Mitela. I am already looking forward to the next instalment - in fact, I crave a next instalment!" - Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga "Meticulously researched. Wonderfully imagined. Alison Morton's Roma Nova will stay with you long after you have closed the pages." - Liesel Schwarz, author of Chronicles of Light and Shadow; "Brilliant! Alison Morton's alternative world of Roma Nova - a feisty soldier heroine plunged into the depths of criminal conspiracy, and mind-blowing action all the way to the tense finale. Aurelia is a fabulous read." - David Ebsworth, Historical Novel Society award-winning author
About the Author
Even before she pulled on her first set of combats, it had never occurred to Alison Morton that women couldn't serve their country in the armed forces. She joined a special communications regiment and left as a captain, having done all sorts of interesting and exciting things she can't talk about.Walking on 1st century mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) created by the complex, power and value-driven Roman civilisation made her wonder what a modern Roman society would be like if run by strong women, possibly military women.The Roma Nova alternate history thrillers are the result.Find out more at www.alison-morton.com, follow her on Twitter @alison_morton and sign up to Alison's newsletter www.alison-morton.com/contact/newsletter/
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Top Customer Reviews
I felt sorry for Aurelia. This woman did not have it easy. She had lost many people whom she loved. The only person that is still living is her child, but she is sickly. because she is emotionally distraught she has given up her job. However, no matter how deep in mourning she is in, she must go back to work. I like how she is curious, for she has a lot of questions that she wants answers to. However, while I did like her character, I thought she was too perfect for my taste. She is a Mary Sue. She does not really have any faults. She is intelligent, strong, and good at fighting.I wish there was more development to her character.
Overall, this is about family, friendship, and love. The story is fast-paced and action-packed. It is a page turner that will keep you entertained throughout the book. However, there were some sad scenes that I did not like, and I really did not like her love interest. Even though the ending was a setup for the next book, I do wish that it ended differently. Still, I found the world-building to be very interesting and complex, and it gave us a lot of detail to the world that she created. I felt like I was a visitor to her alternative world. Because this book is a prequel, you do not have to read the Roma Nova series to enjoy this book. I recommend this book to those interested in science fiction, action thrillers, and anyone who like to think about the “what ifs” of famous historical figures and how the world would be different if their lives had been different.
(Note: This book was given to me as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.)
I received this book free for an honest opinion, which I provided. The price did not sway my review; it truly was a great book...on to the next one.
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. Combine this with strong descriptive writing, an obvious familiarity with a military organisation (most important when describing Roma Nova, as most citizens serve, at some point or other) and a broad understanding of ancient Roman rites and traditions, now part of Roma Nova’s central culture, and you have a novel that breathes with life. Plus, of course, you have Aurelia, a woman torn between her duty to her country and her strong maternal instincts. Roma Novans always do their duty – no matter the cost. Aurelia is no exception, and so this novel is both heart wrenching and, at times, excessively exciting.
Ms Morton has presented us with a little gem. My only gripe is that search as I may, I can’t quite find Roma Nova on any map. Oh, right; I forgot – it actually doesn’t exist, however inconceivable that seems after reading this book!