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(Roma Nova #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Roma Nova – the last remnant of the Roman Empire that has survived into the 21st century – is at peace. Carina Mitela, the heir of a leading family, but choosing the life of an officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces, is not so sure.

She senses danger crawling towards her when she encounters a strangely self-possessed member of the unit hosting their exchange exercis
Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 31st 2014 by SilverWood Books (first published May 30th 2014)
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Anna Belfrage
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In retrospect, I’m not quite sure what genre Ms Morton’s book belongs in. Alternate History? Thriller? Hard core action? Ultimately, of course it doesn’t matter. What matters is that this is a book you want to read very, very quickly – things are a tad too exciting at times – while at the same time you don’t want it to end, because once you do so, this fantastic reading experience is behind you.

In this the third instalment of Ms Morton’s Roma Nova series, we yet again meet Carina Mitela, her hu
Angelica Bentley
Clearly, Alison Morton is as much a reckless risk-taker as her main character, Carina Mitela, as I will explain. In Book 3 of the Roma Nova series, the author again unleashes non-stop action galloping on the shifting sands of delicately balanced relationships and expedient loyalties. A new character explodes on the scene, toppling the careful order of Roma Nova society and chain of command with a deadly domino effect that spares no-one. She is a young female operative, trained by UK special forc ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The fascinating world of Roma Nova continues to enthral in this clever alternate history which maintains the story of Carina Mitela, the leading female protagonist we have followed since the very early days of INCEPTIO. SUCCESSIO takes up the story some years after the conclusion of book II.

Threaded throughout the novel, the ever present threat of danger is the central theme, but in SUCCESSIO, darker elements are exposed and as old secrets are uncovered, the very real threat to the Mitalea force
Debbie Young
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed the first two books in Alison Morton's Roma Nova series, I was very pleased to receive an early review copy of the third, which picks up Carina Mitela's story some years on when her eldest daughter Allegra is a teenager. When a new threat befalls Carina and her fascinating country, the slick thriller action familiar from her previous adventures kicks off, but this time with added depth from the continuing development of her family relationships as the next generation matures. I lo ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mitela’s life does not get any easier in this third book. Not only does she have to cope with wayward teenage children and an even more rebellious step-daughter, she is faced with an indiscretion of her husbands that comes back to haunt them all. Nicola Sandbrook, the daughter Conrad never knew he had, is not only resentful but has inherited the sociopathic tendencies of her paternal grandfather, Caius Tellus and is bent on a twisted revenge of her own imagination and determined to bring down th ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. I really like how each book takes place years apart. In some series the books take place so close together that you feel like the characters never age. There is more human drama than action in this third installment of the Roma Nova series. Sometimes I found Conrad to be annoying in his behaviors, so it was nice to get more back story on him. Overall a good series to read.
gj indieBRAG
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that SUCCESSIO 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!
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Although I haven't read the previous two books in this series, I did find this book to be a really intriguing read. I was drawn into the world very quickly and the plot was easy to understand and follow.

It was an interesting concept to see how the world might be with modern-day Romans around. Although I wasn't given much of an opportunity to see the world outside of their civilisation... it was good
Disclaimer: I got this book free and was asked to review it in return.

I'm actually going to add a second disclaimer here - I also received the second book in the series free in return for a review BUT, and this is a big but here folks - I would totally have paid money for these.

Now, if you don't read a lot of my reviews that might not mean a lot - but I download a load of free ... stuff... from Amazon and it is rare for me to actually buy a book these days - so saying I would buy three = high pr
The Lit Bitch
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with a mixture of shock and awe. It was hard to watch Carina and Conrad go from this power couple to watching their marriage crumble. But at the same time, Morton wrote it so well that you had to appreciate her story telling skills!

I feel like I’ve become so attached to these characters over the last three books and I really feel like I’ve been on a ‘journey’ with them so I acutely feel their trials and tribulations. Bravo to Morton on making characters the audience can connect
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Through the creative and intriguing world of Roma Nova, Alison Morton draws us back in the life of Carina with her third installment of her series, SUCCESSIO. As with the previous two in the series, we’re thrown back into drama, intrigue and suspense!

This was very much a “coming full circle” type novel. For those who have read the series, you’ll come across many familiar faces, both good and bad, and learn a little more into Roma Nova. Taking place several years after we first met Carina, it wo
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Successio is unique. It is classified as an alternate history, but it is so much more. It is a combination of genres. Filled with action and suspense, it is a must read. Carina's unknown step-daughter Nicola results in trouble in her marriage to Conrad and causes Carina to be torn between her loyalty to her family and her responsibilities to her country. Nicola is dangerous and her desire for revenge fuels her plan to bring down Conrad's family with Carina. His misplaced loyalty toward Nicola hu ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Having read the previous two books in the series, I was eager to read this one, and I enjoyed it. The world of Roma Nova is explored further, and Carina is now in her 40's, married with three children. There is a new problem that the family faces, and Carina seems to be beset with problems from all sides.

While I enjoyed this story, I did feel there was some repetitiveness to it. We're faced with a child who is bitter about not having a father in their life, and is lashing out against innocent pe
Paul Bennett
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this the third volume in the Roma-Nova series the author has done her best work to date giving the reader a taut thriller from start to finish. Carina and Conrad are driven to the edge and beyond as a piece of Conrad's history in the form of a daughter he did not know about shows up in full time revenge mode. Revenge not only directed at the father who she feels abandoned her but also against anyone who he is close to including Carina, the Imperatrix and their children. Nicola, the prodigal d ...more
Elizabeth Ducie
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The third in the Roma Nova series of books takes us again into the lives of Carina and Conradus Mitela, fourteen years after the start of book I and eight years after book II. The family is growing and daughter Allegra in particular starts to appear as a distinct personality in her own right. This book is much more about family, and familial ties and loyalties, rather than state affairs, although that features too. It is the darkest of the series to date.

Once again, Alison Morton shows her level
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The third instalment in the author's compelling series. Well worth the wait and every bit as good as previous offerings. ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long lost daughter, but she doesn’t want a father, she wants revenge.


This is the third instalment of the Roma Nova series from Alison Morton. I strongly advise you to read the first two before reading this one. However, I feel you ‘could’ read the third book on its own, but it may be a little confusing.

PART: I Generations
We start off with the PGSF (Praetorian Guard Special Forces) and Carina Mitela in the UK undergoing a training exercise with the Britis
Set eight years after the end of the second book, Carina Mitela is now a major in the Roma Nova’s elite military force, the Praetorian Guard Special Forces (PGSF). She’s also the head of her powerful family now that her formerly formidable grandmother Aurelia is suffering from late-stage cancer. Carina’s husband Conrad is a legate in the military forces and therefore her commanding officer. They have managed to make it work, though, because they love each other and because they’re both committed ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"Make your decisions for the family."
Nova Roma, the small but influential state in Europe which survived the fall of most of the Roman Empire, and home to Corina Mitela for nearly half of her 39 years. She has done well in her life since since leaving America to take her place in one of the ruling families, cousin and friend to Sylvia, the Imperata, married to Conradus and with children of her own, and a major in the military. But following successful excercises in England,
Andrea Stoeckel
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"you have to remember this. Make your decisions for the family...It will be hard but you must be loyal to them: whatever the heartache- Promise me"

The final words to Carina from her Nonna Aurelia on her deathbed would foretell a hard life ahead for her. The new Countess, head of the twelve families would have to make choices that could ruin any happiness she might find. But in Roma Nova, "Serve to Lead" was not an empty slogan.If it was, then the 16 centuries they had survived would be for naugh
Jessie Stevens
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a series is ongoing it's always number three that makes or breaks it for me. Either I've had enough of the same ol' same ol' or I'm hooked for life.

Roman Nova has got me hooked for life!

I loved that the new challenges life threw at the characters befit their older ages and yet there was plenty of the alternate history, women kicking butt and page turning thriller that drew me to the series in the first place.

Would I recommend it?
For sure! Just start with Inceptio and keep on going! As for
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alison Morton will grab you by the scruff of the neck and put you into the story. Buckle up for the ride of your life - politics, treachery, action, romance, a mother's tears... it's all there in this wonderful riot of excitement, loss and adventure. And yet it is all controlled - Morton's hand never slips on the reins as she controls her story from start to finish; it's a disciplined, tight piece of writing and I found nothing at all to criticise. A guaranteed edge-of-the-seat read from start t ...more
Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*
Morton seems to have built up a complex alternate reality where Roman Nova exist and I suspect that reading the first two books in the series would really help understand the back story, saying all that I read it without having read the first two and still enjoyed it (even though I felt a bit lost in places).

I love alternate histories, how would one change in history still affect our lives today? Morton is clearly fascinated by this as well, and has created a comprehensive world where the Roman
A.A. Abbott
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

"Successio" is a fabulous finale to the first series of thrillers set in fictional Roma Nova. It is every bit as tense and twisting as the others, with the younger members of the family stepping up as Carina and Conrad fight for their lives.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is very engaging.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow I’m so glad I won one of these in the recent ukcbc charity auction, I love all the shades of grey the characters have and the pacy plots, once you’ve entered this world you never want to leave
Dylan Harris
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having read Alison Morton’s Inceptio, I’ve now read the second and third books in her Roma Nova series, Perfiditas and Successio. Unlike many book series where the original’s not bad, these follow–ups are better.

The series is really military science fiction, or at least alternative history, with a special forces bent. Unlike many military stories, the characters are well developed. They are human with human failings, strengths and weaknesses. They grow in power, they make mistakes, they learn. T
Wise Louise
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the last of the Roma Nova saga. I can't say much about the cover other than it's similar to the last two books, and although I found the covers dull, together they make an impressive collection.

The title Successio, in Latin, means
descent, inheritance, succeeding etc so I think this book could focus on the main protagonist's family life. Maybe the grandmother, Aurelia Mitela (Nonnie), elderly in the last book, has died and Carina inherits? Shall have to read to find out.

The blurb nicely i
E.G. Manetti
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review*

Alison Morton’s Successio is the third in the Carina and Conradus saga set in an alternate time line where a modern day Roman state thrives in the Alps. Although, part of a series, Successio can easily be read as a standalone. Not having read Perfiditas, the second in the series, didn’t hinder getting into this latest volume.

Once again, Ms. Morton delivers a wonderful and inventive tale of adventure, conspiracy, romance and intri
Eileen Iciek
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another heart-pounding book in the Roma Nova series that you won't want to put down. This novel opens with Carina Mitela on exchange exercises in Britain when her husband, Conradus, receives a threatening letter that upends the entire family. Carina instinctively recognizes the danger they are in, while Conradus refuses to admit it even as the menace grows.

Family history, good intentions, naïveté, and evil are entwined into this compelling novel. The author also deftly weaves in Roman history an
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Alison Morton writes award-winning thrillers featuring tough, but compassionate heroines. She blends her deep love of France and Ancient Rome with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, historical, adventure and thriller fiction.

"Grips like a vice - a writer to watch out for" says crime thriller writer Adrian Magson about Roma Nova series starter INCEPTIO. All six full-length Ro

Other books in the series

Roma Nova (7 books)
  • Inceptio (Roma Nova #1)
  • Perfiditas (Roma Nova #2)
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