Writers are strange people. They live in the Middle Ages, Ancient Rome, sometimes in Victorian India, on the high seas, during the Age of Enlightenment or just down the road at number 30. I count myself lucky to know some remarkable ones who’ve been kind enough to provide early reviews for INSURRECTIO.
Elisabeth Storrs is obviously Etruscan. Her impeccable research shines through in her ‘Tales of Ancient Rome’ series; she displays this knowledge cleverly and sometimes with pronounced heartache in the story of Vel Mastarna and Cecilia. She is also one of the founders of the Historical Novel Society Australasia. I was delighted when she agreed to read INSURRECTIO.
“Exploring the insidious spread of totalitarian ideals that undermine the social fabric of Roma Nova, INSURRECTIO is an excellent novel that builds to a fast paced, tense climax that keeps the reader on edge to the very end. Highly recommended.”
Thank you, Elisabeth, for these kind words.
In his Gaius Valerius Verrens series, Douglas Jackson places us firmly in the Roman battlefields of the first century AD from the final part of Nero’s reign and that terrible year of the Four Emperors before the Flavians became the ruling dynasty. “Action-packed and rigorously researched” fits his series perfectly which he built on from his earlier books Caligula and Claudius. He’ll be speaking about writing battle scenes and Roman streets at the Historical Novel Society Oxford Conference in September. I’ve booked a place!
“Alison Morton’s INSURRECTIO is a triumph of the imagination. She uses her forensic knowledge of ancient times to create a Roma Nova that feels utterly authentic, populated by genuine real life characters. Roma Nova is under attack from within by a merciless dictator and only Aurelia Mitela has the strength to face him. But even Aurelia’s powers and principles are stretched by an enemy who seems to know more about her than she does herself. A brilliant helter-skelter mix of action and intrigue that hurtles to a bloody, heart-rending climax.”
What a terrific review! Thank you, Douglas!
Now EM (Elaine) Powell is the author of medieval thriller The Fifth Knight which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller and the first in a medieval trilogy. The third part Lord of Ireland has just come out. Elaine also belongs to the International Thriller Writers, so with a historical and thriller fiction background, she was the perfect reader for INSURRECTIO.
“Morton’s thrilling world-building is a masterclass in alternate history. You don’t just believe her version – you live every twist and turn.”
Thank you, Elaine – high praise from a thriller writer!
Having your peers think you can scribble a few decent words is very supportive. When writers of the calibre of these three do, then that’s treasure indeed.
And here’s my thanks to Conn Iggulden.
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