Thursday, 28 February 2019

Book review: Inceptio by Alison Morton

Inceptio by Alison Morton

About the book...

New Yorker Karen Brown is caught in a tangle of hot foreign agents, vicious maniacs and tough families. Running for her life, she is forced to flee from her home into the alien culture of Roma Nova, the mysterious last outpost of the Roman Empire in Europe. Who wouldn’t fear failure? Or will she tough it out and find herself? Apart from kidnapping, heartache and a close encounter with Latin grammar, she must contend with a fascinating but arrogant Praetorian special forces captain. Plus a crazy killer wants to terminate her for a very personal reason. Roma Nova is Karen's dead mother’s homeland. Founded sixteen hundred years ago by Roman exiles and now ruled by women, it gives her safety, a lover and a ready-made family – but at a price. Joining a law enforcement service as an undercover investigator, Karen focuses on staying alive, but is determined to find out why the killer persists in hunting her. Part action adventure, part military thriller, laced with romance and coming of age, this is Roman fiction brought into the 21st century through the lens of alternative history and driven by a female protagonist with heart and courage.
If you enjoy thrillers and mystery books for women with twists, this is for you!"Eve Dallas meets Lindsey Davis’s Roman detective Falco meets The Hunger Games." – B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree– shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award– finalist in 2014 Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

· Paperback: 356 pages
· Publisher: Pulcheria Press (21 Jan. 2019)
· Language: English
· ISBN-13: 979-1097310134

My review...

Alison Morton reimagines history in this alternative world creating a clever and vivid universe as a stage to set her Roma Nova thriller upon....and what a performance it is to. The attention to detail is on point and fills the plot with a rich tapestry of Roman history that blends seamlessly with a modern story. I was in awe of the world that was being shaped before my eyes.

The storyline grabbed my attention from the outset and threw me into this dazzling new world that twisted and changed in the blink of an eye and ensured that excitement was at the forefront of every turn of the page. The character line up was equally impressive, lead by a remarkable and resilient leading lady who commanded the stage well and steered the story successfully.

Inceptio is a clever creation that merges the old with the new in a seamless fashion. It is bold, brave and a complete success in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed my time immersed in Morton's reimagined world and II highly recommend this book.

Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for letting me take part in this fantastic tour.

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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

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  1. Thank you, Stacy, for such a fabulous review. But the most important thing is that you enjoyed INCEPTIO! I'm deep into drafting the ninth of the series. ;-)

  2. Thank you so much for this amazing Blog Tour support Stacy x