The Gates of Hell

An epic historical fantasy that rocks the foundations of the ancient world: “Grounded in history, mythology, and religion.” — Publisher’s Weekly on The Shards of Heaven


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The Gates of Hell (Shards #2)

The Gates of Hell is an intriguing ride, steeped in historical fact and laced with a magic spark for that little extra kick.” – Manhattan Book Review

The Gates of Hell carries this series incredibly well. Everything that worked in The Shards of Heaven is back here in this sequel, including compelling history, powerful storytelling, and engaging characters. There’s some great set-up for the next novel, and I can’t wait to read it.” – The BiblioSanctum

“If you enjoyed the first novel in the series, then you will love the continuation.” – Write-Read-Life

“The plot moves at a breakneck, even cinematic speed.” – Historical Novel Society

“[A]nother great read … Pacing is dynamic and swift[.] Like I wrote in my review of The Shards of Heaven, the author has an extraordinary talent for evoking the time period.” – Speculative Herald

The Gates of Hell proved to be a swift, sometimes breathless read, and it certainly paves the way for some huge developments.” – Space and Sorcery

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Alexandria has fallen, and with it the great kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra is dead. Her children are paraded through the streets in chains wrought of their mother’s golden treasures, and within a year all but one of them will be dead. Only her young daughter, Cleopatra Selene, survives to continue her quest for vengeance against Rome and its emperor, Augustus Caesar.

To show his strength, Augustus Caesar will go to war against the Cantabrians in northern Spain, and it isn’t long before he calls on Juba of Numidia, his adopted half-brother and the man whom Selene has been made to marry — but whom she has grown to love. The young couple journey to the Cantabrian frontier, where they learn that Caesar wants Juba so he can use the Trident of Poseidon to destroy his enemies. Perfidy and treachery abound. Juba’s love of Selene will cost him dearly in the epic fight, and the choices made may change the very fabric of the known world.

Gates of Hell is the follow up to Michael Livingston’s remarkable Shards of Heaven, a historical fantasy that reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.


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