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Having a longtime interest in Ancient Rome, I was intrigued when I learned of this new series where part of the old structures and families of ancient Roman society survived in a story of an alternate universe sort of setting. And I was not disappointed by the expert way in which Ms. Morton carefully and smartly weaved Roma Nova's existence into the modern world. I enjoyed the subtle and even the not so subtle ways in which the author has created this alternate world. And the people of Roma Nova are every bit of what I might imagine a modern day Roman society to be had any part of the SPQR and family lines survived into today's world. Carina is as tough as they come, although I can't decide if I truly like her - I empathize with her plight straight away as she is made to pay, at times brutally, for her heritage. Yet she's not just a pretty face. She has flaws and she's struggling to come to grips with her reality. A well written, researched and beautifully produced series that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes action, intrigue, military elements and has a taste for Roman history. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series as I delve deeper into the rest of the novels.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn't about ancient Rome, but current time with a vast difference in the setup of the world's countries. Just forget about the last hundred years and travel a what-if, a different turn of events. The author explains the book's contents and the players' IDs in all her books. It's a big book, but the action is fast paced and you're finished in a couple of days, with life's interruptions. The main character is female and she evolves from a typical young woman into a formidable young woman, a very strong role model for girls. I looked forward to reading the rest of the series. I received Inceptio through Instafreebie or Bookfunnel, and then volunteered to review the author's books. All of the books about Roma Nova have been hard to put down once I started reading them. It's OK to read Aurelia, Insurrectio and Retalio before this set.