Beth Bernobich's Ars Memoriae was published by PS Publishing in October. Ars Memoriae is an alternate history novella. Here's's review of this novella.


The synopsis of Ars Memoriae

In this richly woven, highly dramatic, and in the end warmly romantic novella, Beth Bernobich paints an alternate Earth of Ruritanian atmosphere and suspenseful high danger. Here, Ireland, called Éireann, is the seat of a powerful empire, having resisted English rule and its infinite tragedies; here, Europe is split into many contending states, always intriguing, always fencing; here, savants are investigating methods of altering the current of Time, threatening the fabric of history itself. As reality quivers at its roots, as a deadly conspiracy seeks to plunge the continent into war, Éireann’s best agent is dispatched to the Balkans, to probe a network of treachery and murder that could evolve into something far worse...

That agent, Commander Adrian Dee, is brave and competent, but he is tormented by visions of a different timeline and a murder that has not been committed. In addition, he suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game. His progress through Vienna and points south is intensely perilous, rife with false identities, secret conferences, mysterious assaults, near-fatal abductions, and hairsbreadth escapes; and it is a journey of personal discovery too. Dee, and all of Europe, stand on the brink of redemption or destruction.

A short review of Ars Memoriae

Beth Bernobich is still an unknown writer, but I wouldn't be surprised if she became a well known writer, because Ars Memoriae is a fantastic debut novella. I don't normally read alternate history very much, because only a few writers are able to write good stories, but I liked this novella.

Ars Memoriae was a delightfully sophisticated and complex story. I was amazed how good it was, because once I began to read it I couldn't stop reading it until I reached the final page.

I have to mention that Vincent Chong's cover art looks very good. It's great that PS Publishing used Vincent Chong as a cover artist, because his art is beautiful.

I can recommend this novella to readers who enjoy reading alternate history stories. I'm sure that you won't regret reading it, because the story is excellent.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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