Independent reviews for JULIA PRIMA

From Christina Courtenay – pre-publication

“This is an engrossing tale of love, adventure and treachery, within an authentic historical setting filled with fascinating details of Roman life. The author has done an amazing job researching this period and her knowledge shines through at every turn. I really felt as though as was there, first in the little backwater town of Virunum in Noricum, then travelling through the mountains and down the coast towards Rome.

The heroine is the spoiled only daughter of a prince to begin with, but when it matters, she’s incredibly strong and fights for what she wants. I was rooting for her all the way and loved the fact that she knows how to wield a knife or sword to defend herself and takes no prisoners, always standing up for herself.

The secondary characters, her companions Aegius and Asella, both had some surprises up their sleeves, and the hero Lucius is the perfect love interest. The story also gives the reader a wonderful insight into the difficulties of the times, pitting those who cling to the old gods against the increasingly stronger Christians who give no quarter.

It all makes for a truly exciting adventure and epic romance that kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved this addition to the Roma Nova series and hope there is much more to come!”


From Nicola Cornick – pre-publication

“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.

I adored the character of Julia, strong, brave and yet vulnerable, and even when I wanted to shake her for her impulsive nature, I was rooting for her to win through. A superb page-turner bursting with passion, action and excitement. Highly recommended.”

From historical fiction author Sophie Perinot – pre-publication 

JULIA PRIMA is a love story but so much more. It is a twisty tale, pitting Julia and her loyal friends against a man with a bitter, festering desire for intrafamilial vengeance. Will Julia reach her beloved, the Tribune Lucius Apulius, in Rome? Or does her road lead only to ruin and revenge? As the novel drew to its climax I held my breath.

Readers of JULIA PRIMA  will be immediately captivated by Alison Morton’s evocative descriptive powers and strong narrative voice. Morton’s Julia is a compelling central character who knows her own mind, sexuality and power and is not afraid to express all of them. As Tribune Lucius Apulius, Julia’s love interest puts it: “You thrust straight to the vulnerable spot, don’t you, Julia?”.

The novel’s other players are also well-developed, including Christianity. And make no mistake, the wave of hardline Christian zealotry sweeping the Empire in 370 AD is not merely a backdrop, it is a character in this JULIA PRIMA . Seething, breathing, destroying lives and careers. Christianity is one of the novel’s two true villains—the other is just as frightening and better at hiding in the shadows.


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, a new Roma Nova story set in the late 4th century, will be out on 23 August.

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