“This is a stunning historical novel. Morton’s descriptions of the countryside on Julia’s journey are magnificent, and you feel as if you are traveling along with her.” — Historical Novel Society (Editors’ Choice)

“JULIA PRIMA gripped me from the start and didn’t let me go. This prequel to the Roma Nova series is fast-moving and compulsive. It drew me into a richly-imagined world that is so vivid you feel you can touch and taste it. A superb page-turner bursting with passion, action and excitement. Highly recommended.” — Nicola Cornick

“An intoxicating combination of adventure, romance, historical fiction and a quest, Julia Prima is the story of a young woman who refuses to be defined by her circumstances.” — JJ Marsh

“Readers of JULIA PRIMA  will be immediately captivated by Alison Morton’s evocative descriptive powers and strong narrative voice.” — Sophie Perinot 
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“You should have trusted me. You should have given me a choice.”

AD 370, Roman frontier province of Noricum. Neither wholly married nor wholly divorced, Julia Bacausa is trapped in the power struggle between the Christian church and her pagan ruler father.

Tribune Lucius Apulius’s career is blighted by his determination to stay faithful to the Roman gods in a Christian empire. Stripped of his command in Britannia, he’s demoted to the backwater of Noricum – and encounters Julia.

Unwittingly, he takes her for a whore. When confronted by who she is, he is overcome with remorse and fear. Despite this disaster, Julia and Lucius are drawn to one another by an irresistible attraction.

But their intensifying bond is broken when Lucius is banished to Rome. Distraught, Julia gambles everything to join him. But a vengeful presence from the past overshadows her perilous journey. Following her heart’s desire brings danger she could never have envisaged…

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Published by Pulcheria Press 23 August 2022
ISBN 9791097310349 (ebook)
ISBN 9791097310356 (paperback)

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Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. JULIA PRIMA,  Roma Nova story set in the late 4th century, starts the Foundation stories. The sequel, EXSILIUM, will be out in February 2024.

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