Aurelia by Alison Morton

#Blogtour #BookReview Aurelia by Alison Morton

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Series: Roman Nova 4

Pages: 286

Publisher: Pulcheria Press

Available: 22 January 2019

Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Thriller


Huge thanks to the Author for this brilliant story! I adore Roma Nova! And thanks of course to Anne Cater of #Randomthingstours for organising this blogtour and my slot on it!


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 point – her young daughter.

A former military commander, Aurelia is one of Roma Nova’s strong women, but she doubts in her heart and mind that she can overcome her implacable enemy. And what part does the mysterious and attractive Miklós play – a smuggler who knows too much? 

If you enjoy reading mystery books for women with plenty of twists and a female protagonist driving the action, this is for you!

Fourth in the Roma Nova thriller series, where Roman fiction is brought into the 20th century through an alternative history lens and first of the AURELIA trilogy. INSURRECTIO and RETALIO complete the trilogy.

My Thoughts:

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 out of the scene. Certainly a talent from the author, though perhaps not always convenient 🤣

I love the fact that this Author created strong, individual female Characters that are not counterbalanced by fussing over their appearance or regularly needing to be saved. So many ‘strong’ females are written in such a way and it never ceases to irritate. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with femininity, but sometimes it’s refreshing to have a character who doesn’t need to giggle and sigh to be female.

The story is quick paced with a vast variety or scenes and scenarios to keep the reader guessing, while maintaining an air of plausibility and consistently building tension and excitement. If you haven’t read a book from Roma Nova yet, you really should.

The Characters are powerfully memorable and the stories relaxingly complex. Yes, seems an odd thing to say doesn’t it? I get that. But it’s the only way I can think to describe this book. The story goes in unexpected directions, and yet it’s easy to read to the point you intend a chapter and realise you’ve read 3/4 of the book. Yup. And have a cold coffee…. perhaps drink cold drinks with this one 🤣

If you haven’t yet discovered Roma Nova… WHY NOT?!

About The Author:

Alison Morton writes the Roma Nova thriller series featuring modern Praetorian heroines. This springs from a deep love of Roman history, six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, adventure and thriller fiction. 

All six full-length novels have received the BRAG Medallion. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society’s Indie Editor’s Choices. AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. SUCCESSIO featured as Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller. 

A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, Alison has misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. She holds an MA History, blogs about Romans, social media and writing. Oh, and she gives talks.

She continues writing, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband. To get the latest news, subscribe to her free newsletter


Twitter : @alison_morton

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3 thoughts on “Aurelia by Alison Morton

  1. Juno! What a fantastic review for the finale to the AURELIA blog tour.
    Thank you so much. I’m thrilled you enjoyed your second visit to Roma Nova to meet Aurelia as a younger woman. O course, Caius will be back. Of course, he will be trouble x 100 for Aurelia. But that’s another story…. 😉

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