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Sophia McDougall


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In a parallel modern world, the Roman Empire stretches from India in the East to the Great Wall of Terranova in the West. A runaway slave girl with a strange gift sets out to rescue her brother and seize her freedom, while the young heir to the Imperial throne discovers a plot against his life.
For all three, the only way to survive may shake the Empire to its roots.

A fast-moving, compelling story, brilliantly imagined - CONN IGGULDEN

[A] hugely imaginative debut - DAILY MIRROR

A thoroughly good read ... vividly imagined ... elegant, lively writing - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Praise For Romanitas

An enjoyable smart yarn with some real sense of human pain—Time Out

Compulsively readable . . . grips like a vice—SFX

Epic in undertaking, Romanitas creates a fascinating world that is both contemporary in tone, and yet about as far removed from the world we live in as it is possible to imagine. 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—Dreamwatch

Perfectly fuses the hope and horror of ancient Rome with that of the modern world—Daniel Godfrey, author of New Pompeii

This is a magnificent series—Adrian Tchaikovsky

Wonderful alt history, beautiful, heart-breaking, sweeping, surprising—Lauren Beukes

Gollancz, 9780575096929, 544pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2011

About the Author

Sophia McDougall lives in Hastings, East Sussex and studied English at Oxford. This was her first novel.