Portia's Revelation

Rated 4.13/5 based on 23 reviews
Portia is insane. She is dead too, but not all the time. So begins the revelation of a brain-injured Roman girl who has wonderful and terrible visions of the future. Will her disturbing message ensure a future for humanity, or is Portia’s revelation the greatest hoax of all time? Part historical fiction, an irreverent fantasy, with inspirational life lessons thrown in for good measure. More

Available ebook formats: epub

Words: 78,720
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311165299
About Rich Tenaglia

Rich Tenaglia is a native of Columbus, Ohio, a metallurgical engineer, having spent his career developing innovative ways to process metals.

For relaxation, he enjoys playing trombone in the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company. A member of The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni, he was profoundly moved and honored by the opportunity to perform with TBDBITL alumni at the D-Day ceremonies at the Brittany American Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach.

Rich has a spiritual passion for the night sky and a serious love of sunrises, sunsets, and rainbows. He hopes to continue creative writing in retirement.


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Review by: MarcellaGonzo on July 26, 2016 :
I will be the first to say that historical fantasy is not usually part of my normal reading, as I either prefer nonfiction, or the complete opposite with modern romance But I was intrigued by the description and enjoyed the sample pages so I figured I’d give it a shot, with the allowance to myself that I could quit reading it at any time and not feel bad (after all, it really isn’t my thing…) But lo and behold I finished in 3 nights flat, and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. First, because it didn’t dumb itself down or insult my intelligence or common sense (the way that many books tend to do these days) and I thought the storyline and the character development to be very well done and fleshed out. The combination of the modern/ancient world and the ‘mystical’ elements was a neat angle, and the ending gave me the satisfaction that I look for in a good book. While it may not be for everyone, try it you might be surprised how much you like it…. I was! Could use some light proofing as I noticed some punctuation things here and there. but nothing too terrible. Suitable for most readers, mature teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on July 24, 2016 :
"Portia’s Revelation” is a charming, compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of historical drams, literary fiction, women’s fiction novels. Rich Tenaglia infuses a unique blend of suspense and mystery, philosophical ponderings, and makes us look at the bigger picture of life – not an easy thing to do! The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow until things started to pick up. The long stretches of dense telling narration a little annoying and made it drag at times, but other than that the conversations and scenes flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely. We feel like we are a part of the book and the whole ‘mind-bending’ experience. I would recommend for fans of historical drama/suspense who’d like a new twist.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: BenjiHammond on July 24, 2016 :
3 1/2 stars
I admit that at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book and that this was going to be another predictable story and I had it all figured out. But I was wrong more often than not and I liked that! Love when characters surprise me, and that happened several times in this book. I do have to say that it did take me some time to warm up to Portia, and even though the intrigue and backstory is there, I wasn’t hooked until maybe almost halfway in. Things just kept happening, but I was unsure why I should care or what even the point was… there is a lack of inciting incident (other than discovering/translating the papyrus) I feel like I didn’t have any real reason to care if it was real/hoax/truth or not because there was no obvious consequences either way… so hard to become too invested. But I thought the writing was great and the plot had enough interesting twists and turns to keep me reading on I think it could have used some more tension at times, but the takeaway at the end was beautiful and uplifting and brought the whole story full circle.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LaylaM1 on July 21, 2016 :
4.5 stars
I really liked this book, Portia’s Revelation, and honestly the more time that passes, the more I think I like it. I finished last week, but it is really sticking with me for some reason, and I think I’ll re-read it again soon. I read tons and tons of fantasy, and historical fiction, even modern mystery and suspense (and this book has a nice blend of all those) and this one stands out as having more “character” and “depth” than most I’ve read. It’s not loaded with over-the-top sex, or graphic violence… There is an actual smart, complex, but profound and spiritual plot here, driven by some of the best, complex, and flawed characters I’ve read lately. It was totally unpredictable and not at all contrived. The writing is very good and natural sounding, and I liked the ending a lot. I think this author is off to a very promising start (this is his debut, believe it or not) and I’m definitely reading his next one when it’s available. Thanks!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on July 21, 2016 :
this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed Rich Tenaglia’s unique “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were ingenious, funny, deep, smart, and not predictable, and the element of having it set in ancient Rome (and current times) was a new angle for me— I usually only read contemporary novels. Have to say I think it made it even better! The characters were all interesting and well-written, and although there were some times that I thought it was a bit slow and needed some more tension, like I never really thought that all wouldn’t end up okay, and sometimes I like that heightened tension. But I loved the overall message and want to read more from this author in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on July 21, 2016 :
while overall I liked the plot line of “Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia, as it was really creative, insightful, and unlike anything I’ve read before, I have to say that I had a very difficult time getting and staying engaged, mostly due to the style of writing. It is all backstory and setup and narrative, just telling us what characters are doing and feeling… and then the head hopping makes it impossible to tell who or where or when you are, especially if you put down the book at any point. I found myself having to re-read whole sections and was still confused… and felt that it really lacked focus most of the time. It was hard to keep reading, but I persevered and while I did like how it all wrapped up (even though the ending is bittersweet) I think Portia and the Spiritea are interesting dynamics to follow, and I like the message and experiences… just feel like the execution needs work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on July 16, 2016 :
when I first started this book, I wasn’t prepared to like it as much as I did! But I fell in love not with just with Portia and Spiritae, but with all the supporting cast past and present. And Rich Tenaglia writes like a seasoned pro! I was surprised to read that this is his debut as this is one of the better written and polished books I’ve read in a long time. And the editing was nearly flawless, which is extremely rare. “Portia’s Revelation” is an inspirational fantasy novel at heart but it is so, so much more, and I was genuinely impressed with the level of intelligence and complexity Mr. Tenaglia brought to a genre that can be full of predictable cliché storytelling. This was fresh, unique, and I loved the ancient Roman setting and the different characters from back then (even mentioning real ones, like Emperor Commodus). And Mr. Tenaglia captures the era and tone perfectly! Can’t wait to read more from him soon!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Steph Coleman on July 15, 2016 :
"Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia is one of the most original and well-crafted novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s descriptive, lively prose, and his attention to detail, both with the characters and with the historical setting. This is one of the more ‘intelligent’ fantasy novels I’ve read, and the characters are strong and believable, and even though I think there needed to be more conflict and tension to really drive the storyline, at least the action never feels fake or contrived for the sake of creating ‘drama’. Positive messages that everyone can benefit form, and a Great supporting cast. I liked the brisk pace and the short chapters. Makes for a satisfying read that you don’t want to put down. Recommend for mature teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CamJones on July 15, 2016 :
fabulous… a real breath of fresh air! What lovely prose and vivid atmosphere and characterizations Rich Tenaglia weaved into this fun and creative novel! After reading the book then re-reading the description I feel like the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Not that it is bad, just that there is so much more to this book that you really have to read for yourself in order to experience. The storylines and characters that Tenaglia created were brilliantly imagined and fully-developed. I think I actually enjoyed the world-building//time setting and the characters themselves more than the actual plot, which I thought could have used a *bit* more higher tension and stakes, as if always felt a bit too safe for me. But overall it was endlessly entertaining and nicely written. Some parts were just so beautiful and descriptive – almost poetic. I’d love to read more from Mr. Tenaglia. Recommend for adults, but it is probably okay for older teens as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on July 15, 2016 :
loved this book!!!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Portia’s Revelation” by author Rich Tenaglia is one of the most original and just flat out interesting fiction novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons— first the writing was stellar. Like, almost perfect. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. The specific attention to detailing, like what they were wearing or what they were doing really helped cement the scene in my mind and remind us that were in a different era. And Portia was so interesting! I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and it just felt more “intelligent” than others I’ve read, I think because of the interweaving plotlines of past and present and the overall themes that are just as applicable today as they were 2000 years ago. It almost seems like it could be a movie of the week. A fun, slightly surreal and unorthodox rollercoaster read that I’d recommend to anyone who wants to try something new. You won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Hastings on July 11, 2016 :
I loved this book… it did take me a bit to really get into it, as is the case with many fantasy or historical novels for me as it takes time for all the layers of the fantasy world to come into play and really get to know all the characters. Lesser authors will just dump everything on you at once, but better authors know to do it gradually and over time, like was done in “Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia. There was a slow buildup as the storylines of the various characters stated to grow and come together. The writing is very descriptive, and I can picture everything perfectly. I liked the authors “voice” and writing style, it was almost literary with beautiful prose and narration. All the historical and philosophical/spiritual drama made this more than just a ‘fantasy’, and it was complex enough to make me want to keep reading night after night. Clean editing and a Great message throughout, and I’d be happy to read more from Tenaglia in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kaylee Stevens on July 11, 2016 :
4.5 stars
warning…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel Rich Tenaglia managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. We really feel like we are there in the story, part of the action in Portia’s world as we try to unravel the mysteries of the visions and force you to perhaps look at some things differently for a while in a way that you haven’t before. I finished it before I knew it, and thought the ending was simply lovely – heartfelt and touching on a spiritual level. Will recommend to others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on July 10, 2016 :
"Portia’s Revelation” is an excellent novel that was well-written and held my attention from the beginning through to the end due to the fact that it was seriously unlike anything I’ve ever read before… and I read a lot! I thought the characters were genuine and I appreciated that the smaller characters played important roles and weren’t just there to ‘deliver their lines’. Felt rounded out and complete, with a deeper message than just a ‘girl who has visions’. . Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and nicely developed, and I was a bit surprised at the level of complexity that snuck its way----Definitely more punch than a run-of-the-mill typical historical fantasy. The descriptions were good and really helped to create an authentic scene reminding us that were are in the past (even when going to the future). I was genuinely shocked at some things that happened, and thought the ending was perfect. A terrific read that I’d recommend to just about anyone who enjoys a wonderful story
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on July 10, 2016 :
to say that is not like most books I read is a huge understatement. First off, I loved that it was set in Ancient Roman Times (most of it at least), as it is current enough to be relevant, but different enough to be interesting. I usually stick to more contemporary romance/fiction (I don’t normally care for historical…) but this one really transported me and I loved every page. It is interesting to see how everything was back then (felt like I was watching a movie or something), and I like that for a fiction novel it included real events/people making it feel even more authentic and real, yet it is clearly creative, and intelligently so. It would be too easy to read “Portia’s Revelation” really fast but I encourage you to take your time or you’ll be sad when it’s over like I was! I think that Rich Tenaglia has found himself a nice niche with this genre and I hope he keeps at it. I’d love to read more.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: ElizaB9988 on July 10, 2016 :
Rich Tenaglia demonstrates a strong and almost addicting narrative style and great attention to detail in “Portia’s Revelation” that kept me eagerly turning the pages of my Kindle late into the evening. The ancient world (and the modern setting) is vivid, and the characters (Portia, Spiritae, etc) really move the story forward in an entertaining and engaging manner. There is a lot of jumping from POV’s, however, and sometimes it does get confusing who is narrating at the time. I liked the characters, but would have liked to see their personalities more through dialogue and action versus the descriptive narrative – just keeps us at arm’s length. While I do think some parts could have been pared down some, and at times the pacing was a bit erratic, this did not lessen my enjoyment any and I will happily read more from Rich Tenaglia in the future. Recommend for fans of literary fantasy and historical fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on July 08, 2016 :
4.5 stars
wow, “Portia’s Revelation” By Rich Tenaglia was awesome! Loved it! I haven’t read a ‘literary-fantasy’ like that in a long time, if ever. For once it seemed like the characters were anything but the stock, ordinary typical hero/heroine, but instead all had baggage, motivations, secrets, and I don’t want to focus too much on it, but I thought the historical Roman and mythology aspect and context of the story was pretty cool too. It felt pretty modern and relevant, but had a distinctive differences between today’s time and back then… but it’s funny how some things never change! All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me engaged throughout. This was a standalone novel -not a part of any series, it appears- but I hope the author Rich Tenaglia writes more like this in the future. I’d be reading it! Oh, and I really like the cover.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: DarleneCupp on June 28, 2016 :
"Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia really stands out to me in terms of originality and top-quality writing. I rarely read books in the fantasy genre, but this book’s premise and writing sample was intriguing so I took a chance. (Plus I’m a huge fan of ancient Rome and the Gladiator era) I found the beginning to be quite slow with too much ‘telling’ narration and would have preferred more character engagement to ‘show’ us the plot line developing. There needed to be conflict sooner and more frequently, and things just sort of ‘happen’, but everything just feels so ‘safe’ for too long, thereby not giving us the needed push to keep reading for a long time. But it does pick up as it goes along, and I thought it was really cool how there was the perfect blend of ‘normal’ characters and events that were fused with a fantastical quality… making it feel authentic and ‘real’. There are lots of different characters and different interweaving plotlines that make for a nice epic read. But this one isn’t as crazy convoluted as some “high fantasy” and I read it pretty quickly ( a few nights). If you like more introspective, literary historical/fantasy than this is for you. If you crave action and high stakes drama, look elsewhere.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: April Dawn on June 24, 2016 :
this was the first book I’ve read by this author Rich Tenaglia but I certainly hope it’s not the last! He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story and the alternating chapters between characters/times were natural, felt fast-paced, and gave great insight. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of historical suspense that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). I also noticed how polished and professional it all was, and with very clean editing. I notice that, and let me say it is a rare thing to find, and much appreciated. Overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted with an intelligent arc and delivered an emotional win in the end, and a lovely message that everyone can benefit from. Recommend for teens on up
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Essieh on June 24, 2016 :
what an interesting ride! At first I wasn’t sure what to really make of this story, and it did take me some time to really get my feet planted in the world building and get a grasp on the characters, especially how the narration would change from different characters (and time periods). But soon I found myself sinking into this magical and creative and complex world(s) that Rich Tenaglia created and found myself transported to another time and place altogether. For me a mark of a good book is if it can 1) take me away from the ‘real world’ for a while 2) entertain me and make me think about things in a different way, and 3) Make me believe in it. And for me, “Portia’s Revelation” did all this and more. The author has genuine talent in the historical/philosophical/literary realm, and it is clear that he is well-versed in the craft. There is a genuine authenticity to the characters, and the story shows a lot of heart. Well-crafted and intelligent, I enjoyed it through the end and appreciated the beautiful message, especially at the end. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on June 21, 2016 :
I was hooked from the opening pages of “Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and the unique storyline that continued to unfold and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I can’t stand books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, Tenaglia brings a fresh voice and makes it all his own. I’ve read a ton of historical/fantasy fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this Mr. Tenaglia managed to do it. I appreciated the solid pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here, and thought the Roman element was very cool (liked the gladiator scenes) Enjoyed the positive, uplifting message of the Spiritae and thought the ‘code’ was very cool. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists and riveting characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JohnGoldman on June 20, 2016 :
I confess I found myself wavering around while reading “Portia’s Revelation” by Rich Tenaglia. At first I was immediately taken in by the story and the interesting premise (writings discovered of a young women written in Rome circa 183 CE, and a modern-day archeologist tries to verify the authenticity ), and became immersed in the plot. But there were times I felt the narrative wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the pacing some. There were too many times where I felt like I was waiting for something to happen, or grew frustrated with the lack of forward progress. But at the same time I liked the shorter chapters and the secondary characters, especially the Spiritae. Towards the end things really started to pick up, and there were some crazy developments I didn’t see coming. It felt unique and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with copycats, and unlike most books it really makes you think and imparts a wonderful message of love and hope. All in all I’d recommend it for fans of literary fiction and historical drama, and genre fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: SherriWarner on June 19, 2016 :
4.5 stars
This was a great change of pace for me, as I normally gravitate towards more realistic-style or nonfiction, but this was one epic tale that I couldn’t put down! I did have to have some patience in the beginning until I felt that I was more caught up in the thrust of the story, but the author does a great job of explaining all the backstory and sub plots with the characters and their motives. I don’t rehash plotlines (That is what the book description is for), but I enjoyed the easy flow and inventive ideas and plot of “Portia’s Revelation”, and really liked the characters! Happy that they were not cliché, cardboard cutouts of typical fantasy lore, but relatable and real, brilliant and deeply profound at times. The narrative shifts to let us see the story through various perspectives, and by the end I’d fallen in love with this book. Although certain parts are wrapped up nicely, I think that enough is left open for the reader to think over for themselves and contemplate further. Thought the Spiritae was a fabulous, powerful literary character and think that the message is delivered very creatively and in an entertaining way. Suitable for teens on up, and even if you aren’t necessarily into reading ‘historical’ or ‘fantasy’ fiction, the underlying story, message, and morals will appeal to almost everyone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CodyB77 on June 19, 2016 :
From the opening pages of Portia’s Revelation by Rich Tenaglia I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! Mr. Tenaglia sets of the scene and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and diverse cast of characters, along with several well written and intriguing plotlines interwoven against unique setting makes this a memorable read for me. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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