The new book in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia must contend with France's infamous Cardinal Richilieu, who is determined to keep his grip on power no matter what history says.
France, 1636... It has been twenty years since King Louis took Aña Maria Mauricia, daughter of Spain's King Philip III, as his wife, and their union has not yet produced an heir. Under the guidance of his chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu, a plan is developed to remedy that situation. Once she is with child, Queen Anne goes into seclusion to guard her health and protect her from those who would prefer that the child is never born — France’s foreign enemies as well as schemers such as Monsieur Gaston d’Orleans, the King’s younger brother and heir. When the Crown’s opponents make their move, factions inside and outside France must choose sides and help determine the future and fate of the Kingdom.
Walter H. Hunt (born 1959) is a science fiction novelist from Massachusetts, United States. His writings currently include the Dark Wing series, a military science fictionspace opera, as well as numerous role-playing scenarios for various gaming companies. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College.
Walter H. Hunt's work experience has been as a software engineer and technical writer. He also has a deep interest in history (which he studied at college), in science fiction, which he has been reading since he watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, and in baseball. His most recent book, A Song in Stone, explores the mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the fall of the Templars.
Walter H. Hunt is a Freemason. He lives in eastern Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.