Roma Amor

A Novel of Caligula's Rome

Fiction - Historical - Personage
500 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2022
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Author Biography

A lover of all things Roman, Sherry Christie has happily tramped along with the characters in her novels from Rome’s Palatine Hill to Danubian lands that once lay beyond the imperial frontier. In addition to Roma Amor: A Novel of Caligula’s Rome, winner of a 2022 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal and an IndieBRAG Medallion, she has written a sequel, Amber Road: A Novel of Love and Betrayal on the Roman Frontier.

Her dad’s Air Force postings took the family from New York to Massachusetts, Maine, France, Nebraska, Texas, California, and Ohio. Along the way, Sherry's early exposure to French kindled an interest in language that expanded into Latin, German, and Russian. An early version of Roma Amor (admittedly in English) won a Phi Beta Kappa Prize in college.

She’s been a professional writer ever since then, beginning on a New York magazine, then at an ad agency, and finally running her own freelance business. She’s also written five books on money psychology with psychotherapist Olivia Mellan.

Sherry now works from a barn in a coastal Maine village, surrounded by Rome-related artifacts and pictures. Married with two cats, she can be reached through

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Roma Amor: A Novel of Caligula's Rome by Sherry Christie is a historical work that revolves around Marcus Carinna, a man recalled from the army by his father, back into the heart of the Roman Empire and the court of the Emperor, Caligula. Marcus's brother was dead by his own hand. Caligula's death was well within the realms of possibility and his previous brushes with assassination led to behavior that might best be described as irrational, or at worst, insane. Still, Marcus does his father's bidding, putting aside his anger over Caligula's feigned impotency and Tiberius's desire for his brother's demise. Marcus becomes established in Caligula's court and his duties are driven by Caligula's paranoia and threats to his life and leadership. Marcus is also bent on protecting a hostage priestess he brought back as a war trophy with whom he inconveniently falls in love.

I went into Roma Amor expecting another book that explored Caligula's violence and sexual deviancy and instead was consumed by Marcus's first-person narrative and bird's-eye-view of actual life in Rome and service to the Emperor. There is wonderful depth in the way Sherry Christie weaves family life and duty into the fabric of the paths one follows and how much Marcus can 'take one for the team' even though his older brother had already done so. His father was powerful and instrumental in the rise of Caligula and wanted to stay in his good graces. My favorite character is the Germanic priestess Aurima and the barbarous way of life she is perceived to have led, as well as Marcus's growing attachment to her. From a technical standpoint, the book is sublimely written, full of intrigue and conflict, and a love story to boot. It represents a spectacular jaunt into ancient history and is highly recommended.