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The Shards of Heaven

Book 1, The Shards of Heaven

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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.

Michael Livingston's 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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From Publishers Weekly

Sep 21, 2015 – Historian and author Livingston (At the End of Babel) dramatically retells the familiar story of the downfall of Marc Antony and Cleopatra through the eyes of minor historical figures. Featured are the scholarly Numidian prince Juba, adopted by Caesar and harboring a secret desire for revenge; Caesar and Cleopatra's noble son, Caesarion; Cleopatra and Antony's headstrong daughter, Selene; Didymus, the chief librarian of Alexandria; and Vorenus and Titus Pullo, old Roman veterans loyal to Antony. Livingston impressively makes these less famous personages feel more interesting and vivid than the usual headliners. A fantasy twist comes in the form of the titular shards, artifacts of great power and possibly divine origin. Juba learns to wield one in the form of a trident, with horrifying results; another is mounted on the armor of Alexander the Great; the most powerful is contained within the Ark of the Covenant. As the battle of Actium rages and Alexandria falls, these characters scramble to protect the shards, possess them, or both. This multipronged tale is dense with action and incident; it's grounded in history, mythology, and religion, but not weighed down by them.

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The Shards of Heaven
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Nov 10, 2015
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Shards of Heaven
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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