Virtual Book Tour: Book Review of Perfiditas (Book #2 of Roma Nova Series) by Alison Morton

Perfiditas (Book #2 of the Roma Nova Series)
Author: Alison Morton
Genre: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Silverwoods Books
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 288
Source: This book was given to me for the Historical Fiction Virtual Tours Book Tour

     My Review: 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 the center of this novel, is Carina Mitela, who is Captain of the Special Forces. Carina must prevent a conspiracy who that not only threatens her country, but also her marriage.

     At first, I found the world building of Roma Nova a bit too confusing, but over time, I soon discovered that Roma Nova is brilliantly designed. It is like how the Romans from the Roman empire would have lived today. The main language is Latin. The people have Roman names and are Latin. Some of them are interracially mixed. Carina, the main character is half Latin, and half American. There are other characters who are also Irish and Latin. I also liked how women took the roles of society and that they are the matriarch of the family. Roma Nova was a country that I would have love to visit in real life.

     Carina was a strong-willed character. She is smart, brave, and at times, cunning. She is also serious and cares deeply about her job, and the duties it consists. Carina is seen as a protector. She loves her country, her children, and her husband. This makes her a perfect heroine because she makes her actions that is based on her desire to protect everything she loves and values.

     Overall, the novel is about betrayal, love, family, friendship, and overcoming challenges. It is also a mystery, a thriller, and a romance. The plot is fast-paced, and the characters and setting are well-developed. I have not read the first book in the series, but I felt that this book is a stand-alone novel. Perfiditas would be great for marriages because it is about overcoming the challenges to make their marriage stronger. I recommend this novel to history, science fiction, and mystery. I also recommend this to anyone who are interested in reading about strong heroines and a feminist society.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Publication Date: October 17, 2013
SilverWood Books
Paperback; 288p
ISBN-10: 1781321248


Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble
- one colleague has tried to kill her and another has set 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 barely survived a devastating coup d'├ętat thirty years ago.
Carina swears to prevent a repeat and not merely for love of country.

Seeking help from a not quite legal old friend could wreck her marriage to
the enigmatic Conrad. Once proscribed and operating illegally, she risks
being terminated by both security services and conspirators. As she
struggles to overcome the desperate odds and save her beloved Roma Nova and
her own life, she faces the ultimate betrayal...

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Praise for Perfiditas

"Alison Morton has built a fascinating, exotic world! Carina's a bright,
sassy detective with a winning dry sense of humour. I warmed to her quickly
and wanted to find out how she dealt with the problems thrown

in her path. The plot is pretty snappy too and gets off to a quick start
which made it easy to keep turning the pages. There are a fair number of
alternative historical fictions where Rome never disappeared, but for my
money this is one of the better ones." - Simon Scarrow, author of the Eagle
(Macro and Cato) series

"I can't resist an alternative history and Alison Morton writes one of the
best. Powerful storytelling, vivid characters and a page-turning plot makes
Alison Morton's PERFIDITAS a must read."- Jean Fullerton, author of the
historical East London novels

"Pure enjoyment! A clever, complex plot set in the beguilingly convincing
fictional country of Roma Nova. Scenes and characters are sometimes so
vividly described that I felt I was watching a movie. This compelling tale
rendered me inseparable from my copy right up to the last turn of the
page."- Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster

Buy the Books

Inceptio (Book One)
Perfiditas (Book Two)

About the Author

Alison Morton writes Roman-themed alternate history thrillers with strong
heroines. She holds a bachelor's degree in French, German and Economics, a
masters' in history and lives in France with her husband.

A 'Roman nut' since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe
including the alma mater, Rome. But it was the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain)
that started her wondering what a modern Roman society would be like if run
by women...

INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova series, was shortlisted for the 2013
International Rubery Book Award and awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion(R) in
September 2013. The next in series, PERFIDITAS, published October 2013, has
also just been honoured with the B.R.A.G. Medallion(R). Alison is working on
the third book SUCCESSIO which will be out in June 2014.

Connect with Alison Morton

Amazon UK Author Page 
Amazon US Author Page 
INCEPTIO Facebook Page 
PERFIDITAS Facebook Page 


  1. I'd just like to let readers know that the link for PERFIDITAS Kindle ebook has changed. Please use the following new links:
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    Really sorry for any inconvenience!

  2. Thanks for letting me and the readers know.


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