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The first in a breathtaking trilogy set around the Roman Empire but as if it was today, in the 21st century. Imaginatively and well written providing a fresh eye on historical fact. My only slight quibble – a little too long.

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Romanitas by Sophia McDougall

In 2756 AC (2003 AD in Christian terms), magnetic railways span Roman territory from Persia to Terranova, and mechanised crucifixes are ranked along the banks of the Thames.

As volume one of ROMANITAS opens, Marcus Novius Faustus Leo, heir apparent to the Imperial throne, is mourning the death of his parents following a tragic accident. However, as information about the last days of his father's life becomes known to him, Marcus realises that his father's death was no accident and that his own life is in danger.

Meanwhile, an escaped slave girl called Una, who possesses the power to look inside others' minds, struggles to save her brother, Sulien, from a London prison ship.

In a fortune teller's stall in a Gallic flea-market, Marcus, Una and Sulien's paths cross, and the fate of the Empire rests on their shoulders...

Reviews

'a thoroughly good read... vividly imagined world... elegant, lively writing.' Jessica Mann SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'McDougall's writing style is fresh and light and the involving story ensures you'll gobble up the 400 pages in no time, staying eager to find out how the remainder of the trilogy unfolds.' Jake Williams, DREAMWATCH

'The plot of Romanitas had me gripped and kept the pages turning. ...original... well researched and believable' STARBURST

About the Author

Sophia McDougall studied English at Oxford. Romanitas is her first novel.

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Publication date

22nd March 2006

Author

Sophia McDougall

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
608 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Fantasy

ISBN

9780575096929

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