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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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1960s Roma Nova. Retrained as an undercover agent, ex-Praetorian officer Aurelia Mitela is sent to Berlin to investigate silver smuggling, but barely escapes a near-lethal trap. Her lifelong nemesis, Caius Tellus, is determined to eliminate her. When Aurelia is closing in on him, he strikes at her most vulnerable
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 2019 by Pulcheria Press (first published May 5th 2015)
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May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was aware of Alison Morton’s ‘Roma Nova’ series and its premise piqued my interest but I’d never had the opportunity to read any of the books….up until now.  As mentioned above, Aurelia is the fourth book in the ‘Roma Nova’ series but the first book of the ‘Aurelia’ trilogy and takes place before the events of the first three books.  So it’s the perfect place for readers new to the ‘Roma Nova’ series to start.

I went into the book expecting the alternate history element to be a strong focus of
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book by Alison Morton - the start of a series that actually preceded books 1-3 so features a new and interesting protagonist. I love the array of strong female characters in these books and the plot Is as always full of pace and twists that you didn’t expect
Another 5* read for me long may Roma nova continue
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Having read the first three books in this series, I was absolutely eager to move on to the next book! The first three books in this series focused on Carina Mitela, Aurelia's granddaughter, but there were plenty of tasty hints to a rich past, and now we finally get to explore the history of both Aurelia and Nova Roma.

While the first three books (which could be considered a trilogy) was set in current times to what I figure to be the 2030's, this is set in the 1960's, in Aurelia's own youth. Some
Eileen Iciek
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is (I think) the fourth book in the author's Roma Nova exciting alternate history series. I've read her first book, Inceptio, but not the other two - even so, I had no trouble picking this one up since it tells some of the backstory to the earlier books. This book tells the story of Aurelia, the grandmother of Carina from the earlier novels, and we begin to get a clue about how Carina's mother might have ended up in the E.U.S. The book grabbed me from the very first page - I started reading ...more
I have read all the books in the Roma Nova series focused on Carina. With Aurelia , I begin a prequel trilogy taking place in the 20th century and centering on Carina's grandmother, Aurelia Mitela. I liked what I saw of Aurelia in Carina's books. So I was happy to receive the first book focusing on her as a gift from the author via Book Funnel, and this is my honest review.

When I compare the two protagonists in the Roma Nova series, I have to say that I prefer Aurelia. I feel that Aurelia is mor
Angelica Bentley
I am constantly amazed by Alison Morton's ability to produce a new spell-binding tale after what I thought was a pretty extensive exploration of the alternate reality world of Roma Nova. If you have not yet read the previous books, do yourself a favour and start with Book 1, INCEPTIO. Despite the fact that this is a prequel to the other three books, it will be so much more rewarding to follow the events from the beginning because there are many characters and much background information to assim ...more
Paul Bennett
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can pinpoint when my fascination with ancient Rome began to the viewing of two movies, Ben Hur and Spartacus (yes dear readers, I am that old.) Nowadays I get my Roman fix through the medium of historical fiction, and there is a lot of that to choose from. However, the idea that there could still be a remnant of that ancient favorite still extant and thriving is the basis for this wonderful series by Alison Morton, Roma Nova. A modern nation still bound by many of the old traditions and thrivi ...more
Julia Ibbotson
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book with its unusual premise of a version of Ancient Rome existing in the present day. I like the concept of "what if ...?"; in this case, what if the Romans didn't get crushed by the Visigoths and Germanic tribes but remained as a band of exiles keeping the faith with their ancestors' values and customs. Alison Morton has created a world that is a believable alternative history with enough of Ancient Rome and enough of present day (somewhat altered of course) to give credence to ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurelia is the fourth book in Alison Morton’s Roma Nova series. Set in an alternative historical context, the Roman Empire survives as a matriarchal society in a semi-mountainous area north of Italy. This is the only book I have read in this series so far, but it features a different character to those used in earlier volumes and works well as a stand-alone novel.

Written in the first person, Aurelia’s bold personality and brave, active life as a Major in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces engag
Elizabeth Ducie
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given the title, it will come as no surprise to devotees of the Roma Nova series that Alison Morton now takes us back forty odd years to the 1960s, to meet Carina Mitela’s grandmother Aurelia at a much earlier stage in the life. Widowed, with one daughter, she is trying to reconcile motherhood, duty to family, and her role in the public life of the state. We see the beginnings of the history referred to in books I to III and meet both Aurelia’s nemesis and her one great love.

In earlier books, mu
Jim Dee
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! I was a little knocked off balance at first by seeing a character (Aurelia) as a young girl, when I last saw her in the earlier books as a very old woman. I got over that in a hurry and enjoyed a good read!
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We are proud to announce that AURELIA 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!
Dylan Harris
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, a disclaimer: I wrote a blog entry comparing Roma Nova with Luxembourg, and the author reposted it on her blog (with my happy consent).

Anyway, onto Aurelia. This is Morton’s fourth Roma Nova novel. The first three are a sequence set in the modern day. In the first book, the heroine, Karina Mitela, meets her maternal grandmother, Aurelia Mitela. This book, and the two that follow it (which I have not yet, but will, read) tell Aurelia’s story. Yup, the following books precede the preceding
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her Roma Nova series, Alison Morton engages the query of What if, and world-building on the possible answers or results. Combining this with her own military experience and consideration of Roman women playing a more significant role than actual history shows, an installment such as Aurelia is born.

Growing Aurelia, of course, requires the possession of its own history, and Morton deftly provides this. Following Theodosius’s 395 (AD) ban on all pagan religious observation, some four hundred Ro
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adventure, danger and crime, a historical and fantasy state, all led by a resourceful and determined woman make this a terrific read. Subtly creating a female led country set in a twentieth century Europe that has endured just one Great War, the details of daily life are fascinating and well thought though by the author. This book is part of a series set in Roma Nova, where the royal family and inheritance runs through the females, though it is completely standalone in terms of character and plo ...more
The first book in the second Roma Nova trilogy. It can be read without reading the other books first. In fact, if you don’t like spoilers, I recommend starting with this book because it’s a prequel to the first trilogy.

It’s 1960s and Aurelia Mitela is one of the elite Praetorian guards in Roma Nova. Her mother, the leader of the politically powerful Mitela family, is trying to make her to contract with Caius Tellus whose family is also politically powerful. Contracting is sort-of like marrying e
Carole Rae
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the series, but worry-not, this does well as a stand alone.

This book would not relent! I could hardly put it down, because I needed to know what was next. I would have finished this book within a day, but I could not keep my eyes open, so I was forced to go to sleep and resume in the morning. When it ended...I was not happy.

1) It ended and I wanted more.
2) The ending was a cliff-hanger and I do not approve of those (even though I am the queen of those when I write...ha
Paula Williams
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aurelia Mitela is the protagonist in this book, who lives in Roma Nova. Roma Nova is a fictitious land - the descendant of ancient Rome – that never encountered the “fall of ancient Rome”; thus, survived into the 1960s. This is the fourth in a series of novels by Alison Morton, about Roma Nova and its progeny. I haven’t read the other books leading up to this one, but I found Aurelia to be very interesting and enjoyable as a stand-alone book.

Ms. Morton does a masterful job of describing this ve
David Baird
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aurelia is book 4 in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton. The good thing is if like me you’ve come to this series late you don’t need to have read the first 3 books to enjoy this one as the book is a prequel.

I loved the pace of this book, it’s so fast paced and easy flowing that you can’t help but sucked in.

The character Aurelia was well-developed. She has a military background and is very motivated and driven by her need to show just how much a woman can do without the need of a man. She’s st
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Eyes and ears open, and mouth shut.""
A small part of the Roman Empire survived and prospered into present day, retaining much of the mores of the old society. Roma Nova, however, is far more matriarchal and when her mother dies, Aurelia becomes head of the Metelli, first of the twelve original leading families. Previously a major in the Praetorian guard, she is sent to Germany on a diplomatic mission - to spy. And it does not go smoothly ...

This, the fourth in the Roma Nov
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my second venture into the Authors work, and having enjoyed “Inceptio” immensely I was excited when offered a chance to read this as well.

Getting stuck into this was certainly an easy thing to do! The Author creates gripping scenes from start to end that leave the reader feeing like they’ve taken a trip through time and space. Several times while reading somebody would speak to me and I sat for a moment staring at them in incomprehension because I had to take the time to get my brain o
Keyla Damaer
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aurelia Mitela is a mother and a soldier in Roma Nova, what remains of the Roman Empire in an alternate timeline. She loves her job and her family, but an accident forces her to leave her job and take the reins of her family. Once settled into her new role, the Empress of Roma Nova offers her a temporary assignment as a diplomat in Berlin, where, through her family connections, she will have to investigate on a delicate matter. Many things will happen in Berlin, good and bad. Plot twist after pl ...more
Lel Budge
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aurelia is #4 in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton. I haven’t read the previous novels, but I had no problems reading this as a stand-alone..

Set in the 1960’s, BUT, the Roman Empire had not ended and still continues as a matriarchal society.

It starts with Aurelia being head of a praetorian guard special forces unit on an operation, but one of their suspects escaped…..

Aurelia’s mother is then injured in a hit and run accident and unfortunately she eventually dies. Aurelia ‘retires’ from her u
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If women were in control, the world would be a whole different place, and in the Roma Nova series of alternate history books, Alison Morton sets out to prove this theory.

In this latest instalment we go back in time to the Roma Nova of the 1960s and follow the story of Aurelia Mitela, a young woman who has suffered devastating loss. Thinking that her career in the Praetorian Guard is over, Aurelia is sent to Berlin, ostensibly to track down those responsible for syphoning away Roma Nova’s life bl
Inge Borg
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Winner in the True Sense of the Word

Starting a series with Book 4 may not always be a good thing – except when the content is laid out by a writer like Alison Morton. No wonder, Aurelia, Book 4 of the Roma Nova Series, is a Finalist for the 2016 Historical Novel Society Indie Award. Furthermore, Aurelia is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree for excellence in writing. (“Honoree” having nothing to do with “honorable mention.” This is the real deal.)
While there was plenty of action, the language flow
Lissa Johnston
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could remember how this book came to my attention. It's in the middle of a series, but I never felt like I didn't know what was going on. It was very self-contained.

Aurelia is a very enjoyable read for a couple of reasons. One: the author did a great job creating a 20th century iteration of ancient Roman culture and tradition. It was subtle (substituting several of the Roman gods as mild expletives rather than using God/god is one of many examples) but effective. Two: the book is very
Rosie Amber
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurelia is book #4 in the Roma Nova series of books about an alternative Europe, one where the Roman empire lives on under the rules of the maternal family lines. What if Rome didn't fall in AD395 and loyal Romans formed a new colony in a mountainous region north of Italy.

This book is set in the 1960's and is the story of Aurelia, a Praetorian soldier, after her mother has a bad car accident she finds herself head of one of the 12 families, but she finds there are those who wish to undermine eve
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a series. If you haven't started this series yet, you are really missing out. Here, author Alison Morton presents a thrilling prequel in the alternative history of the Roma Nova series, the fourth book to be precise, and keeps up all the great momentum and thrill from the first three books. If you've read any of the first three books then you know what to expect, and what you get is exactly what you'd hoped for. ...more
Juliet Smith
Go back a couple of generations, and experience the adventures of Aurelia, Carina's grandmother. This was an action packed thriller set in a 1960's Prussia (Germany never unified). While the plot was a little bit predictable, Aurelia's strong relationship with her sickly daughter Marina, and determination made up for it. ...more
Mal Hudson
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Had this book for a while then picked up an arc version of the next book Nexus so thought I'd better get reading.
I am a fan of alternative reality fiction the what if factor and really enjoyed reading Aurelia good characters and a great plot nothing too far fetched just a little altered history just to make you think can't wait to read the next one
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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

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