Waiting on Wednesday: The Gates of Hell by Michael Livingston

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week I’ve got a hankering for The Gates of Hell by Michael Livingston.  Due out from Tor Books in November this year – I can’t wait!

gates of hell.jpgAlexandria 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 amazing 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.

I loved Shards of Heaven and it was on my top 10 list at the end of 2015.  All I can say is – ‘Gates of Hell – get in my life’ (and that’s not something I ever thought I’d hear myself saying!)


17 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: The Gates of Hell by Michael Livingston”

  1. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader)

    I agree, I can’t wait for it to come out! Shards of Heaven was a very good surprise 🙂 The cover of the sequel is gorgeous!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is really lovely isn’t it! And Shards of Heaven was actually just that – a very good surprise.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sydneyeditor1

    This is such an epic title and cover. Historical fiction isn’t my usual fare, but I like that it’s a fantasy! Here’s mine: http://editingeverything.com/blog/2016/02/03/wow-the-book-of-memory/

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s very subtle fantasy and really well written. I love that the author uses peripheral characters instead of the ones whose tales have already been told so many times.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Ash @ First Dream of Books

    Don’t forget to stop by BOTH my blogs to check out My Waiting On Wednesday post and they both have different books!! Echoing Books (Blog I co-own) and First Dream of Books (My Personal blog)

  4. Tammy

    I haven’t read Shards of Heaven but I remember lots of bloggers loved it. Here’s hoping you get a copy!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Shards of Heaven was so good. When I picked it up I really didn’t know what to expect and in fact I don’t particularly think I had any expectations one way or another so it was a genuinely great surprise of a book.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

    Shards of Heaven was definitely a cool read – curious to see where he takes the story next.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Me too. I’m really looking forward to this – and more Selene!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    There’s been a lot of buzz about Michael Livingston going around lately. I hope you love The Gates of Hell just as much as Shards of Heaven! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Shards of Heaven was great – I can’t remember if you read it or not? I was very unexpected for me because I went into not knowing what it was really about and it blew me away.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    November seems a loooong way off! I read Shards of Heaven recently and loved it, and I more than look forward to seeing how the story goes on but… November! **SIGH** 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know! But it’ll soon come round – and actually, I really do need to stop wishing half the months of the year to go speeding by! I am really looking forward to this though.
      Lynn 😀

  8. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    There is that Ancient Rome setting 🙂

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Desperately looking forward to this one too! More Selene!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay, flails around – I loved Selene. I’d not heard of her before and I immediately went away to do some more reading about her when I finished.
      Lynn 😀

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