Mastodon The Writing Desk: Book Review: JULIA PRIMA: A Roma Nova Foundation Story, by Alison Morton

4 October 2022

Book Review: JULIA PRIMA: A Roma Nova Foundation Story, by Alison Morton

New from Amazon UK and Amazon US

AD 370, Roman frontier province of Noricum. Staying faithful to the Roman gods in a Christian empire can be lethal. Half-divorced Julia Bacausa is condemned to an emotional desert and a forced marriage, Lucius Apulius barely clings onto his posting in a military backwater. Strongly drawn to each other, they are soon separated, but Julia is determined not to lose the only man she will love.

In this fast-paced 'prequel' to  Alison Morton's alternative history Roma Nova series, readers finally discover the back story to Julia Bacausa and Lucius Apulius, the legendary ancestors of present day modern Roma Novans.

Julia Prima takes us right back AD369, for a grounding in well-researched historical fact. Sometimes harrowing, the clash between Christianity and the last gasps of the Roman Gods provides rich and fertile ground for engaging story telling. 

You don't have to have read the Roma Nova series first, as this book stands alone perfectly well, and has the subtitle, 'A Roma Nova Foundation Story.'  

Packed with the authentic details  Alison Morton's readers have come to expect, I'm happy to recommend Julia Prima.

Tony Riches

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About the Author

Alison Morton writes award-winning thrillers featuring tough but compassionate heroines. Her nine-book Roma Nova series is set in an imaginary European country where a remnant of the ancient Roman Empire has survived into the 21st century and is governed by women who face conspiracy, revolution and heartache with with a sharp line in dialogue. She blends her fascination for Ancient Rome with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, historical and thriller fiction. On the way, she collected a BA in modern languages and an MA in history. Alison now lives in Poitou in France, the home of Mélisende, the heroine of her latest two contemporary thrillers, Double Identity and Double Pursuit. Now that JULIA PRIMA has been published, she’s writing the next part of the Roma Nova foundation story.  Find out more at Alison's website and find her on Facebook and Twitter @alison_morton


  1. Thank you so much for your review, Tony! Really appreciated.

  2. Congratulations on another great book Alison

  3. Thank you for hosting Alison on your blog today, Tony, and for such a lovely review.


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