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The Shards of Heaven
By (author): Michael Livingston
9780765380326 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Historical Oct 25, 2016 Print Run: 30000
$22.99 CAD
Active 5.57 x 8.09 x 1.12 in | 360 gr 416 pages Tor/Forge Tor Books

Michael Livingston'sThe Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle

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 Series
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MICHAEL LIVINGSTON holds degrees in History, Medieval studies, and English. He is an Associate Professor of English at The Citadel, specializing in the Middle Ages. His short fiction has been published inBlack Gate, Shimmer, Paradox, andNature. The Shards of Heaven is his first novel.

"Plans: - National advertising targeting fantasy readers across multiple formats - Feature title promotion at major fan conventions - Author Appearance at book festivals - Publicity - Digital promotion across Tor/Forge's extensive online platforms - All promotional efforts to be coordinated with new HC, Gates of Hell (Nov 16)"

A brilliant debut. Livingston has spiced real history with a compelling dose of fantasy! Wonderfully imaginative and beautifully told; I can't wait for the sequel! - Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of The Pagan Lord "Has everything I want: accurate history, magic, a diverse cast, intrigue and action, all set in ancient Rome. And Egypt. And did I mention the legionnaires? And the magic." - Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo Award-winning author of Valour and Vanity "A well-told adventure full of historical twists and turns. I was absolutely entranced." - Prof. Kelly DeVries, author of Joan of Arc: A Military Leader

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