SOLERI is epic fantasy at its finest. As a die hard fan of high fantasy, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for massive world-building, and the Soleri Empire feels true and ancient from the very first page. Inspired by Egyptian and Roman cultures, in which empires rose and fell in the shadows of their ancestors, Johnston breathes life into this civilization. The Soleri have been the ruling family for thousands of years, with loyal subjects and the blessings of the gods. Though grand in scope, the novel is rather intimate. It follows a family, separated by politics, who come together in what could very well be the fall of an empire. I really loved this book! Do yourself a favor and pick it up today!
-Gary— From Gary's Picks!
Michael Johnston brings you the first in a new epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear.
The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.
On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.
Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.
Detailed and historical, vast in scope and intricate in conception, Soleri bristles with primal magic and unexpected violence. It is a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper secret.
"Soleri is bloody and utterly epic. A huge saga in a rich and deeply original world.” —Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author
“Prepare to be ensnared in a web of ruthless politics and unbridled ambition, where even the authority of the emperor may be based on an ancient deception. Johnston builds an immersive world with elements of Egyptian and Roman history, myth, and religion. This story seethes with twists and turns, betrayals and secrets, and will keep you guessing until the very last page.” —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author