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The Realms of God

The Realms of God

A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Shards of Heaven, Book 3)

The Shards of Heaven (Volume 3)

Michael Livingston

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The Realms of God is the thrilling conclusion to Michael Livingston's historical fantasy trilogy that continues the story begun in The Shards of Heaven and The Gates of Hell.

The Ark of the Covenant has been spirited out of Egypt to Petra, along with the last of its guardians. But dark forces are in pursuit. Three demons, inadvertently unleashed by Juba of Numidia and the daughter of Cleopatra, are in league with Tiberius, son and heir of Augustus Caesar. They’ve seized two of the fabled Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of God, and are desperately hunting the rest.

Through war and assassination, from Rome to the fabled Temple Mount of Jerusalem and on to the very gates of Heaven itself, the forces of good and evil will collide in a climactic battle that threatens the very fabric of Creation.

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THE ROSE-RED CITY


PETRA, 5 BCE

Squinting his eyes to watch the approaching Romans, Lucius Vorenus wearily settled himself down onto a rose-red rock outcropping. Behind him, its afternoon shadow leaving him in cool shade as...

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Praise for The Realms of God

Praise for Michael Livingston’s The Shards of Heaven

“Grounded in history, mythology, and religion.”—Publishers Weekly on The Shards of Heaven

“Readers will be captivated by the weaving of fiction with the reality of the past and the magic of the unseen world.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Livingston has a talent for storytelling that will keep readers immersed in the complex tale. His addition of a fantastical twist will not only fascinate readers, but have them clamoring for a sequel.”—Library Journal

About the author

Michael Livingston

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 in Black Gate, Shimmer, Paradox, and Nature.

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