Through the creative and intriguing world of Roma Nova, Alison Morton draws us back in the life of Carina with her third installment of her series, SUCCESSIO. As with the previous two in the series, we’re thrown back into drama, intrigue and suspense!
Roma Nova – the last remnant of the Roman Empire that has survived into the 21st century – is at peace. Carina Mitela, the heir of a leading family, but choosing the life of an officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces, is not so sure.
She senses danger crawling towards her when she encounters a strangely self-possessed member of the unit hosting their exchange exercise in Britain. When a blackmailing letter arrives from a woman claiming to be her husband Conrad’s lost daughter and Conrad tries to shut Carina out, she knows the threat is real.
Trying to resolve a young man’s indiscretion twenty-five years before turns into a nightmare that not only threatens to destroy all the Mitelae but also attacks the core of the imperial family itself. With her enemy holding a gun to the head of the heir to the imperial throne, Carina has to make the hardest decision of her life…
This was very much a “coming full circle” type novel. For those who have read the series, you’ll come across many familiar faces, both good and bad, and learn a little more into Roma Nova. Taking place several years after we first met Carina, it would be easy for this story to drag on or not seem relevant, but Morton was able to carry on her story with new plot twists.
There’s political drama, intrigue, family drama, betrayal (One of those “Wha? Oh no he didn’t…” types) and lots of thrills. Morton has brought a creative world, full of passionate, intriguing and of course villainous folks throughout the pages. I would definitely start with the first in the series. I think you’ll appreciate the struggles, decisions and actions of the characters much more if you know their background. Of course it’s not required, but just a helpful hint. 🙂
Any other series out there I should try?
(Heads up: There minor language and adult material).
(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)