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"Alison Morton has built a fascinating, exotic world! Carina's a bright, sassy detective with a winning dry sense of humour. I warmed to her quickly and wanted to find out how she dealt with the problems thrown in her path. The plot is pretty snappy too and gets off to a quick start which made it easy to keep turning the pages. There are a fair number of alternative historical fictions where Rome never disappeared, but for my money this is one of the better ones." - Simon Scarrow, author of the Eagle (Macro and Cato) series

"I can't resist an alternative history and Alison Morton writes one of the best. Powerful storytelling, vivid characters and a page-turning plot makes Alison Morton's PERFIDITAS a must read." - Jean Fullerton, author of the historical East London novels

"Pure enjoyment! A clever, complex plot set in the beguilingly convincing fictional country of Roma Nova. Scenes and characters are sometimes so vividly described that I felt I was watching a movie. This compelling tale rendered me inseparable from my copy right up to the last turn of the page." - Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

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About the Author

Alison Morton grew up in West Kent. She completed a BA in French, German and Economics and thirty years later a MA in History. She now lives in France with her husband. A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was walking on the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that triggered her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run by women…

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Product Details

  • Series: The Roma Nova Series
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books; 1 edition (April 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781321248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781321249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,073,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Perifditas is an alternate history and science fiction novel. It is set in a country, named Roma Nova that is ruled and dominated by women. Roma Nova was created in 395 AD when Emperor Theodosius’s final decree banned all pagan religions. Romans, who are still loyal to the old religions and sought refuge, trekked out of Italy and into a country that is similar to Slovenia. Over time, women began to rule over Roma Nova and also became a matrilineal society, while the men defended the country. At the center of this novel, is Carina Mitela, who is Captain of the Special Forces. Carina must prevent a conspiracy who that not only threatens her country, but also her marriage.

At first, I found the world building of Roma Nova a bit too confusing, but over time, I soon discovered that Roma Nova is brilliantly designed. It is like how the Romans from the Roman empire would have lived today. The main language is Latin. The people have Roman names and are Latin. Some of them are interracially mixed. Carina, the main character is half Latin, and half American. There are other characters who are also Irish and Latin. I also liked how women took the roles of society and that they are the matriarch of the family. Roma Nova was a country that I would have love to visit in real life.

Carina was a strong-willed character. She is smart, brave, and at times, cunning. She is also serious and cares deeply about her job, and the duties it consists. Carina is seen as a protector. She loves her country, her children, and her husband. This makes her a perfect heroine because she makes her actions that is based on her desire to protect everything she loves and values.

Overall, the novel is about betrayal, love, family, friendship, and overcoming challenges.
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Excellent alternative history with an intriguing take on (reimagining of) gender roles. These books are so good that I bought them one after another over a weekend and read them back to back.
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.
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The sequel to Inceptio continues the tale of Carina Mitela and the alternative history country of Roma-Nova. Once again , the author has given us a fast paced page turner filled with wonderful characters and intriguing plots. The main story line in the first half of Perfiditas concerns an attempted coup against the Matriarchal government of Roma-Nova and what Carina has to go through to thwart the treason. Her development continues from Inceptio as she hones her skills and abilities as a member of an elite government para-military unit.

I must confess that I was concerned about the second half of the book as I couldn’t see how the author could maintain interest after the first half treason plot. However, my concerns turned out to go for naught as plots and sub-plots emerge around the legal and political fallout of Carina’s activities in bringing the traitors to justice. One bombshell of a plot twist had me stop reading for a moment so I could exhale and exclaim, ‘Oh my, I didn’t see that one coming.’ Kudos to the author and 4 stars for Perfiditas
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A worthy sequel to the excellent INCEPTIO. The story continues, still narrated by our heroine, Karen Brown, who has now reverted to her birth name of Carina Mitela and has completely embraced her new life in the fascinating country of Roma Nova, where a tough matriarchial society has endured since its founding. Seven years have passed, during which Carina and her husband Conradus have both enjoyed considerable career advancement in their professional roles with the PGSF (Praetorian Guard Special Forces), an elite organization resembling a combination of the FBI, CIA and Special Forces. Conradus has just been made Legate (Chief of the PGSF) while Carina is Strategy Section Head with the rank of Captain.

Their marriage is solidly built on mutual love and respect but their working and social life is complicated, to say the least: Conrad is her boss at work, but Carina is junior head of the prominent Mitela clan, and so his social superior. With the arrival of their three children, Helena (Carina's beloved cousin) has assumed the role of private tutor, while Aurelia remains the staunch head of the family. When a fresh crisis forces Carina to resurrect her undercover persona of Pulcheria, a deadly conspiracy surfaces which threatens the very foundations of Roma Nova's power base and the Mitela family, in particular.

The strong characterisation helps with an unusually large cast of players but these are demanding books, where the reader is expected to pay attention and follow the action closely. As some time had passed, I re-read INCEPTIO just before starting this sequel, and just as well!
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