Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the entire Roma Nova series, I eagerly opened up the new installment, Carina. This installment takes place between the first two books of the series and finds Carina tasked to apprehend an alleged traitor in Quebec and return her to Roma Nova. A straightforward task for a member of the elite Praetorian officer corps. However, things turn out to be a bit more complicated and she is plunged into a web of deception and intrigue. The author has given the reader another gem of a tale with her usual fast paced style, believable scenarios and the real sensation that Roma Nova could exist in the modern world. When I started reading Carina, it was with the thought that I would take my time with this novella, as I was also reading a couple of other books that had review deadlines looming. Hah! I was so engrossed and taken in by Alison’s skillful creative abilities, that I finished Carina in two sittings. So, dear readers, help yourself to another 5 Star entry to the Roma Novan catalog.
In this the third volume in the Roma-Nova series the author has done her best work to date giving the reader a taut thriller from start to finish. Carina and Conrad are driven to the edge and beyond as a piece of Conrad’s history in the form of a daughter he did not know about shows up in full time revenge mode. Revenge not only directed at the father who she feels abandoned her but also against anyone who he is close to including Carina, the Imperatrix and their children. Nicola, the prodigal daughter from Hades, is an example of how the bad guy/girl should be written in any good novel. Her perseverance, resourcefulness and the downright ruthlessness of her character are what good stories are made of. By the same token, those same qualities are imbued once again in the heroine making her once again occasionally act outside the purview of law and order to safeguard her family. This is definitely a page turner of the highest order and while I really enjoyed the first two books, this one captivated me even more. 5 stars and a hearty recommendation.