The Shards of Heaven

The Shards of Heaven 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 Oct

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 vaThe 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.

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The Shards of Heaven

  1. A native of Colorado, Michael Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English He lives today in Charleston, South Carolina, where he teaches at The Citadel In his author life, he is a winner of the prestigious international Writers of the Future Contest in 2005 , and his novel SHARDS OF HEAVEN, the first in a trilogy of historical fantasies, will be published by Tor Books in November 2015 He has also published in a variety of other genres and venues, from a historical retelling of BEOWULF to a brief story about quantum physics in the world renowned journal of science, NATURE.In his academic life, he has published than a dozen articles on subjects as varied as early Christianity, BEOWULF, Chaucer, James Joyce, J.R.R Tolkien, and digital and practical pedagogies though never all of them at once He has investigated European maps of America that pre date Columbus, found unrecorded Anasazi ruins and artifacts, and written about the handwriting of fourteenth century scribes He is the general editor of the Liverpool Historical Casebooks Series, for which he has edited casebooks on the Battle of Brunanburh Exeter, 2011 , the Welsh rebel hero Owain Glyndwr co edited with John Bollard Liverpool, 2013 , and, coming soon, the Battle of Cr cy co edited with Kelly DeVries 2015.

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  1. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2015 11 13 bI first became aware of The Shards of Heaven earlier this year and knew right then and there I had to read it Two major reasons for that, really First is the mention of Cleopatra s daughter in the book s description Despite always being overshadowed by her famous mother, Cleopatra Selene II happens to be one of my favorite historical figures, and I never pass up a chance to read historical fiction in which she appears The second reason [...]

  2. This is one of those books that would translate very well to the big screen.Set after the death of Julius Caesar, the book concerns the war that breaks out after his death, with Cleopatra and Marc Antony, with Caesar s son Caesarion, on one side and Caesar s great nephew Octavian on the other With Octavian is also Juba Caesar s adopted son, the natural son of the conquered king of Numidia All that is historical fact The fiction arises here with the device that Juba is secretly plotting revenge f [...]

  3. Equal parts historical fiction, epic fantasy, and philosophical discourse, The Shards of Heaven is an altogether fascinating read Opening with the assassination of Julius Caesar, the story details the war that took place between his heirs and allies, with Cleopatra, Marc Antony, and Caesarion Caesar s son on the side of Egypt, and Octavian Caesar s great nephew and Juba Caesar s adopted son on the side of Rome.It s with the role of Juba, however, that fiction begins to deviate from fact Michael [...]

  4. Full Review at The Speculative Herald speculativeherald 2015This story and time period has so much going for it in terms of story Who doesn t love delving into the political machinations of war and succession challenges I loved how the speculative aspect was woven into the story in such a way, that it just felt natural It takes real events and adds just a dash of something fantastical that helps explain well known stories revolving around gods and religion.The Shards of Heaven is a historical fa [...]

  5. The Shards of Heaven is the type of story that can pull me in quickly It s fast paced, with characters that I already know and the audacity to bring in some unexpected elements that make the story new and unique.The Shards of Heaven takes place following the assassination of Julius Caesar I think we all know the basics of what happened after that Octavian and Marc Antony filled the void left by Caesar and split the empire between them, Octavian in the West and Marc Antony in the East with the in [...]

  6. You Can Also Read The Review HereThis was one of the books that came out towards the end of last year that I read but never got around to reviewing so am going to remedy that now, because it s actually a fantastic historical fantasy that saw the start of a promising new series from Michael Livingston Set in the aftermath of the death of Julius Caesar in the floor of the Roman Senate, The Shards of Heaven follows the battle for supremacy and control, with a Civil War burning the Empire to the gro [...]

  7. 4.5 starslynns books 2015 11 21 theThe Shards of Heaven is a fascinating alternate history set during the period of the Roman Empire just shortly after the death of Caesar I enjoyed this so much that when I finished reading I actually went to check out some of the history of the period and having done so was even impressed with the skill which the author has used here to bring us a very easy to read narrative with a twist on the actual events that feels almost like a credible account of what co [...]

  8. Every now and then Tor Books sends me something I did not request Every time this happens, I open the envelope with equal parts excitement and trepidation Who doesn t like getting books in the mail I do worry it might be a book I m not interested in reading, let alone reviewing, but to date these random books have been something I d like to read I ve actually squealed a little opening some envelopes It s as if Tor has a file on me or something.The last envelope contained a lovely hardcover copy [...]

  9. Imagine the timeline of history, stretched out before you Now imagine that you can reach into that timeline, and grab a chunk of it, say roughly around 44 BCE to 30 BCE Twist and pull that chunk apart, tease out people, events, landscapes, cultural beliefs, battles, outcomes Now add in personalities, conversations, conflicts, passion, motivations, and a huge dose of supernatural Add one expert researcher as author and a fabulously illustrated cover Do all of the above right, and you ve got Shard [...]

  10. A wonderfully juicy piece of historical fiction, with just a touch of fantasy, enough that history and fantasy buffs both will enjoy it Livingston has great pacing, and just enough detail in the characters It feels a bit like a sequel to HBO s Rome series, and a bit like a Bernard Cornwell novel from his top form days, before he became a real factory.The novel takes place during the rise of Octavian, aka Augustus Caesar, as he makes war against Marc Antony and Cleopatra It plays between sympathe [...]

  11. This one is a bit of a hard one to judge I really felt like I should have loved this book, but I kind of didn t Confusing yes but it makes sense in my brain I like the historical and mythological aspects to it I felt like the world should have been a bit diverse, but it sufficed for what was needed I am a sucker for elaborate world builds so I may be biased The story was a really interesting concept with religious and historical narrative being combined into an interesting artifact hunt, no spo [...]

  12. Originally posted at FantasyLiteratureThe Shards of Heaven is not author Michael Livingston s first work In fact, he s already a prolific award winning writer, though mostly focused in his world of academia Livingston is a Professor of Medieval Literature at The Citadel in South Carolina The Shards of Heaven is his first novel and he taps into his significant historical knowledge He liberally expands his knowledge base with strong fantasy elements, though, not unlike George R.R Martin s A SONG O [...]

  13. copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review The Shards of Heaven is a historical fantasy by Michael Livingston Set during the struggle for power after the death of Julius Caesar, it merges that period of historical conflict with fantastical elements.The world of The Shards of Heaven is at once familiar and alien Livingston does a great job of showing us the humanity of his characters, whilst lending them enough attitudes from the period to make them feel unusual In any event, this is the world [...]

  14. Cleopatra and Antony rule Egypt via Alexandria Octavian rules Rome THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN follows the real people and events that lead to the Roman conquest of Alexandria and the end of the Ptolemic line But according to Michael Livingston, there s to the story.And it involves magic.Enter Juba, the orphaned prince of Numidia and adopted son of Julius Ceasar Desperate to find vengeance for the death of his father, he seeks magical objects so he can have enough power to bring down Rome At the start [...]

  15. Michael Livingston s debut novel The Shards of Heaven review copy via NetGalley from Tor has just been published It s an alternative history set around the time of one of the key periods of Roman history the rise of the Emperor Octavian, who becomes Augustus Caesar The novel broadly covers the time period surrounding Octavian s war against Mark Antony, up to the invasion of Alexandria and Antony s suicide Livingston s twist on this period is to blend Greco Roman history with its myth and the sea [...]

  16. I received this book from Netgalley in exhange for a honest reviewFull review available here thecurioussffreader.wordpressI really enjoyed this book a lot, I always was fascinated by the Roman Empire and the Ancient Egypt and to read about it with magic in it was close to perfection I was attached to all the main characters and the worldbuilding was done in a way that was so subtle that you never thought that you were flooded with a lot of historical references at at all Great book, I would high [...]

  17. Quite enjoyable historical fiction fantasy If you like alternate histories, this is one you should check I love the way the author combined history with religions of the times The fact there is a shot of fantasy is a unexpected treat.I cannot wait for the next book I m so glad I found out about this book within a month of the next installment I can t imagine having to wait a whole year for the next book.

  18. What a great work of fiction A story of Rome, Greece, the great Library of Alexandria and The Shards of Heaven An amazing adventure in the world of Cleopatra, Marc Antony, Julius Caesar s adopted children and their Roman Legionnaires A battle for control of Caesar s Legacy and The Roman Empire after Caesar s death An absolute must read

  19. Book to movie adaptations have been around almost since the beginning of moviemaking One of the earliest book to movie adaptations was released in 1899 an adaptation of the fairytale Cinderella, as told by the Brothers Grimm It was made by Georges M li s, a pioneer filmmaker who is famous for his 1902 release A Trip to the Moon, which is a loose adaptation of Jules Verne s From the Earth to the Moon and H.G Wells The First Men in the Moon Since then the film industry has frequently mined litera [...]

  20. 3 stars for the writing style which I wish was engrossing But hey I could never write a book so If you watched the HBO series Rome you ll have images of Vorenus and Pullo in your mind already I think the book didn t equal the TV series in my mind.

  21. Well written Colors in between the lines of history to add a fascinating dimension to the Antony and Cleopatra story.

  22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although the slow beginning had me a little worried I m glad I stuck with it, because the last half of the book had me completely glued to the pages This is a historical fantasy, which I was really excited about because I love both history and fantasy So both of them together magic The story was interesting, the writing was very well done, and I loved that the author explains historical events, but nothing felt like an info dump I really enjoyed the characters and [...]

  23. Historian Michael Livingston was previously best known in fandom for speaking on panels at JordanCon It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that Livingston riffs off of Robert Jordan s all the myths are true shtick in his debut novel The Shards of Heaven Here, though, the setting is historical ancient Rome at the birth of the empire It s a world where Moses split the Red Sea with a powerful, magical artifact, perhaps the same that earned Neptune and Poseidon their reputations And presumably the Ark o [...]

  24. An interesting pantheistic romp Intertwines history myth off of ancient sources extremely well It is the kind of book I WISH I could write I can t wait for HBO to do the television adaptation.

  25. Dislcaimer I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I saw that one of my friends was reading this on so I checked out the synopsis and fell instantly in love This book has magical qualities because it does something that I find a lot of historical fiction can t do it feels REAL I studied Classical Studies in university as my minor which means I can now read, write, and speak Latin and Ancient Greek and know way too much information about things from BCE early CE than [...]

  26. Reading the last few chapters make that the last third of The Shards of Heaven almost left me winded as I raced through ancient Alexandria with the book s characters I was forewarned that the ending would be a sort of cliff hanger with the promise of two books to come still, I kept reading as fast as I could in order to get to the end and see how it would all play out Spoilers it goes well for some, not so well for others The Shards of Heaven is a fast paced and well written historical fantasy [...]

  27. A step back in time through history mixed with a little Indiana Jones The Empire of Rome has been rocked by recent events Julius Caesar has been murdered An assassin has been sent by Octavian to kill the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, but fails at his duty After Octavian and Marc Antony have joined forces to avenge Caesar s death, the empire is split into factions A rift is created between Marc Antony and Octavian and Octavian has managed to make Marc Antony appear as a traitor to Rome by choosing [...]

  28. Julius Caesar is dead who will now rule Rome Will it be Octavion, one of Caesar s adopted sons Or will it be Cleopatra and Mark Antony who prevail and set Caesar s true son on the throne Added into the mix is Juba, another adopted son of Caesar who burns with revenge and is searching for the Shards of Heaven in order to carry it out When he find a shard and learns its powers, how far will he go to find the others In some ways, this book is excellent The overall writing style fits the story, and [...]

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