Soleri by Michael Johnston
On Sale June 13, 2017, $27.99 368 Pages Hardcover
Vast in scope and intricate in conception, SOLERI is the story of a rebellious king, his ambitious daughters, his lost son, and their secrets and struggles for dynastic supremacy. Rooted in the history of ancient Egypt, the novel is the result of a decadeof research and is inspired by the Johnston’s passion for and study of art history, his previous career in architecture, and thestory of King Lear. And at its heart, it’s the story of one family told on a grand canvas. The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power for 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. They are detached, distant rulers. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on the four subjugate kingdoms remainstighter 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 to do so, and Kepi has her own ideas. Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, might just hold the key to secrets that could end an empire and shatter her family.
This series debut portrays 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.
Michael Johnston elaborates: “It’s a mix of the real and the unreal, the believable and the impossible. There is a lot of history in my novel, but this isn’t historical fiction. For me, the challenge was to take all that real-world knowledge and blend it with a fantasy narrative. I wanted Soleri to be its own original world, but I also wanted it to resonate with our own world.”
Michael is currently working on the second novel in the series, which will be published in 2018.
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