Review: Inceptio by Alison Morton


New York, present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after a kidnap attempt, has a choice – being eliminated by government enforcer Jeffery Renschman or fleeing to mysterious Roma Nova, her dead mother’s homeland in Europe.

Founded sixteen centuries ago by Roman exiles and ruled by women, Roma Nova gives Karen safety, at a price, and a ready-made family. Just as she’s finding her feet, a shocking discovery about her new lover, special forces officer Conrad Tellus, isolates her.

But the enforcer has crossed to Europe to pursue her. Unable to rely on anybody else, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. But crazy with bitterness at his past failures, Renschman sets a trap for her, knowing she has no choice but to spring it…


Inceptio is a story unlike what I have read before. I do enjoy reading alternate history but this is quite different from what I am used too. I must admit, in the beginning I had a hard time getting through it but as it picked up I found many aspects of the theme interesting and intriguing- if you will. The style of writing and dialog is new to me. Maybe because I am so used to medieval history and non-fiction. The protagonist-Karen Brown is someone who I haven’t decided what I think of. I would have also liked to know more about her fathers business and how it ties into the story…

Conrad is an  interesting character and Renschman is a character you will love to hate. Although I would really like to know more about why he is so bent on destroying Karen. It seems like there is more than just wanting her father’s business. But having said that, I’m sure the sequel will go more into that.

I believe many readers will enjoy the uniqueness to this story and I recommend this to young adults and anyone who likes a thriller with an alternate history twist.


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