Michael Johnston's Soleri was published by Tor Books in June 2017.
About Michael Johnston:
Michael Johnston was born in 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child and a teen he was an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy. He studied architecture and ancient history at Lehigh University and during a lecture on the history of ancient Egypt, the seed of an idea was born. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, graduating at the top of his class. Michael worked as an architect in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Sparked by the change of locale, a visit to the desert, and his growing dissatisfaction with the architectural industry, he sought a way to merge his interests in architecture and history with his love of fantasy. By day he worked as an architect, but by night he wrote and researched an epic fantasy novel inspired by the history of ancient Egypt and the tragic story of King Lear. After working this way for several years, he shut down his successful architecture practice and resolved to write full time. He now lives and writes in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Before time was the Soleri, and after time the Soleri will be. The ruling family of the 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 stone.
On the day of the Devouring, the annual eclipse, the Harkan king Arko-Hark Wadi sets off on a hunt and shucks his duty rather than bow, like the sun, to the emperor.
Ren, his only son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters buckle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she loves, but she’ll need her sister’s help to do so, 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.