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(Roma Nova #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B00K2RU8OE

Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble – one colleague tries to knife her and another sets a trap to incriminate her in a conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova.

Founded sixteen hundred years ago by Roman dissidents and ruled by women, Roma Nova, the scene of this action adventure story
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Pulcheria Press (first published October 15th 2013)
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Paul Bennett
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Fenella Miller
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfiditas is even better than Inceptio - and that was excellent. Roma Nova is a credible place, the characters complex and the dialogue witty and well done. If you want an action packed, edge of the seat read then I suggest you buy this book. There is a third installment of Captain Carina Mitela and her sexy husband Conradas coming next year - something to look out for.
Debbie Young
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Inceptio, the first book in Alison Morton's Roma Nova alternative history thriller, I was looking forward to reading the sequel Perfiditas.

As in the previous book, this is a taut, fast-moving thriller packed with intrigue and adventure, with Carina donning different disguises and identities with alacrity to thwart would-be overthrowers of the state, which runs along the lines of ancient Roman law and society, but with the advantages of modern technology.

There is an interesting int
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the spirit of full disclosure I think it important to note I started Alison Morton's Perfiditas four times before actually finishing the novel. I'd no experience with the series, but had been told familiarity was of no consequence and naively jumped into book two without a second thought.

Unfortunately, my information wasn't as accurate as I'd been led to believe and I quickly felt overwhelmed by the material. Aware my la
Jo Barton
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good, if not better than the first...

Perfiditas is the clever continuation of the story which began in Inceptio, and follows the story of Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces as she continues her life with her family in Roma Nova. As always, the momentum of the narrative never falters and the pace continues with a fast and furious story of conspiracy, treachery and betrayal at the highest level.

What I like best about this series is the author’s fine attention to detail
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was gifted this book by the author via Book Funnel. I have reviewed it voluntarily.

The plot is exciting. It includes suspenseful sequences of events, and reversals of fortune. It shows the fortitude of female Roma Novans from small girls to grandmothers. Perfiditas also displays the loyalty of most of the men of Roma Nova to the matriarchy. I was pleased that men in general didn't want to see the Imperatrix overthrown, and weren't interested in collaborating with misogynistic men.

For my comple
A.A. Abbott
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Like Alison Morton's first book, this is no ordinary thriller, but a tense and twisting tale of shifting alliances in a coup d'état. Rich with military detail (the writer has served in the British forces), this is a compelling story which kept me guessing to the end.

Paula Lofting
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review and rating to come!
Angelica Bentley
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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. I
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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 ...more
Disclaimer: I got this book free and was asked to review it in return.

This was very very close to being a five star review and I regret not being able to give this book that rating.

I'll start with the negative and the reason this has gotten four stars, at times the writing was confusing - I would read and re-read the sentence and not be sure whether it was the fact that I didn't know what happened in the first book that made the sentence confusing or whether it was the sentence structure. That a
The Lit Bitch
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s alternative history…so based on the Roman empire but with social norms etc being completely reversed. I don’t recommend this book as a standalone read though.

Though the Roma Nova world is ‘familiar’ it is still complex and complicated if you are picking up this second book as a standalone. The previous book sets us up nicely for this one and reading it out of sequence isn’t something I would recommend. Though everything was wrapped up in the first book, there is still the complexity of the
Jessie Stevens
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Years have passed since the events in Inceptio but our main character Carina is no less awesome for it.

It's possible she's quite a bit more awesome, or maybe it was because this book dives a bit deeper into the culture of Roman Nova (the society founded by Ancient Romans and ruled by women ever since) but regardless I enjoyed this book even more than the first.

Carina continues to overcome obstacles by being a general kick-ass lady, and yet stays remarkably human and even, dare I say, feminine wh
Rosie Amber
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfiditas is book 2 in the Roma Nova series and is a mystery thriller. I really enjoyed book 1 Inceptio and the concept of the Roman nation continuing thousands of years later and being run by the female lines of families. The second book continues with lots of characters from the first book and takes place approximately 7 years later.

Captain Carina Mitela works for the military, but is also the junior head of her Roman family. She must wear many hats of duty in her everyday life. When a secret
David Ebsworth
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opening Sentence:
‘Captain Carina Mitela?’
Alison Morton takes us straight into the continuation of Carina’s tempestuous career in the second novel of her alternative history series in which Ancient Rome has survived to the present time as independent state, Roma Nova. These are fast-paced detective thrillers in their own right, and the fascinating invention of the setting provide a real icing on the cake. This is a sequel but the book stands perfectly well alone and will appeal to anybody who enj
Elizabeth Ducie
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I gave up studying history in my early teens and rarely read historical novels. But I make an exception for Alison Morton's Roma Nova series of alternative histories. I love the mix of ancient Roman traditions with twenty-first century technology. Book 2 in the series continues the story of Carina Mitela, military officer, senior member of one of the Twelve Houses - and inveterate rule-breaker. She is now married to Conrad and they have three children. The family, their friends and colleagues ar ...more
The second book in the alternate world thriller Roma Nova series. I strongly recommend reading the first book, Inceptio, first because the characters and their relationships are introduced there.

Perfiditas starts seven years after the end of Inceptio. Karen Brown is now a Roma Nova citizen and has fully embraced her life as a member of the highly politically powerful Mitela family, as Carina Mitela. She’s also a captain in Roma Nova’s elite military force, the Praetorian Guard Special Forces (PG
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
{Contains Spoilers}

This is the second instalment of Alison Morton’s world of Roma Nova. A country run by women, what’s more, they are Romans.

Once again, Alison Morton introduces her characters at the beginning of the book in a Dramatis Personae, and a historical note relating to her Roma Nova creation.

Part I: Conspiracy
Carina Mitela is now a Captain in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces (PGSF). She has been called to speak to someone regarding a ‘token’ which has been handed in, bearing her na
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better! As the characters are more fully developed, and the story continues, the books just keep improving. PERFIDITAS is fast-paced, with rich details, plot twists, and memorable characters. I could not put it down & can't wait to read the next one! This series should appeal to fans of Lindsay Davis's "Falco" series (street-smart, independent private detective in ancient Rome), and to those who enjoy David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series (strong female lead in mi ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If possible, I enjoyed Perfiditas even more than the first book in the series. Such a rich field of intrigue, like a labyrinth, and there's enough action to make it really exciting without going over the top. The characters are relatable, there's a little garnish of romance, and there's plenty of cloak and dagger spy-type stuff. Honestly, I don't think I've taken to a new author so much since I read Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household, and like Household, Morton stays in firm control of her materia ...more
Jim Dee
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was worried when I started this book that Alison Morton wouldn’t be able to sustain the machine gun pace of Inceptio, the first in the series. I needn’t have worried. I literally could not put this down and ended up doing nothing but read it; I read it in a day! The author has found a plot that builds on that of the first book, raising the stakes both for the imaginary state of Roma Nova and the personal lives of our protagonists. Again, I found the characters compelling and sympathetic, but n ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable read, be prepared for brutal things to happen to some of your favourite characters and in this novel rather than several intertwining plots there is more of one single huge plot line that makes for a really gripping read, I wholeheartedly recommend this series.
Eunice Korczak
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I'm enjoying this series. It has a unique setting, some captivating characters, and excitement. On to the next book in the series.
Katrina McCollough
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe because I didn't read the first one I felt a little lost. By the midpoint though I was wrapped up in all the conspiracies and different characters.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the second book of the trilogy Perfiditas, the reader once again meets with Karen Brown, in her new and transformed state as Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces. Carina finds herself once more at the receiving end of an attempt on her life, which throws her full force into the depths of an extensive underground conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova. Taking matters into her own hands, as usual, Carina calls on some old acquaintances known for operating outsi ...more
Wise Louise
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The cover is in line with the rest of the books in the series. I haven't changed my opinion on the cover, I still dislike it. But this time I looked up what Perfiditas means: faithlessness and treachery. Oooh, piqued my interest instantly!

The blurb gives a little from the previous book, which acts as a nice reminder for those who have read it. Perfiditas begins seven years after the first, and Carina has got it together with love interest, Conrad, and is now a mother of two. I'm disappointed tha
With an efficient, professional writing style, the author delivers a thriller filled with cleverly laid-out strategy and well-crafted characters.

First reviewed on Tower of Babel

Centuries ago, a group of families fled to settle away and a new Rome was founded. In order to survive, men fought and woman took to economics and ruling. An equilibrium was reached with an Emperatrix, twelve noble families and a high technology army comprised of men and women alike.

Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, first-reads

PERFIDITAS is a thriller set in the alternate timeline of Roma Nova.

The story follows Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces as she works to thwart an attempted coup. The unknown conspirators have cleverly ensured that she herself is incriminated, and so she is sought by her own people and unable to trust anyone. In addition to protecting her country and a way of life she has come to love, she has to prove her innocence.

The plot is fast paced from the start, and there is n
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
After reading Inceptio, I was especially eager to read its sequel and learn more about the world of Roma Nova. I found this book to be good, but not quite as good as the first one. Why?

I didn't learn as much about the Paterfamilias as I wanted to. In Inceptio, Ms. Morton mainly stuck with the first-person POV of Carina Mitela/Karen Brown. However, every once in a while she inserted a bit of POV (third person) from Renschmann, the main antagonist of the first novel.

In this book, the entire story
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