New review copy: The Shards of Heaven by
Got this review copy last week. It looks rather fascinating! Can’t wait to read and review!
Thanks Tor books!
This book is out November 17, 2015!
About the book:
- Series: The Shards of Heaven (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (November 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765380315
- ISBN-13: 978-0765380319
The beginning of an epic historical fantasy that rocks the foundations of the ancient world
Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar’s ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar’s legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.
Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods—or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.
Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.
The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.
About the author:
An award-winning writer and professor, Michael Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English.
In his life as an academic, he is an Associate Professor of English at The Citadel. He specializes in the Middle Ages, but he’s published on a range of subjects from the 1st to the 21st centuries.
In his life as an author, he has published in a variety of genres and venues: from a retelling of Beowulf to a story about quantum physics in the world-renowned journal of science, Nature, to a series of novels, The Shards of Heaven, set during the rise of Augustus Caesar.
Michael grew up across the West, wanting few things more than to write and teach. Today he lives in Charleston, South Carolina.