Soleri
Michael Johnston brings you the first in a new epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear.The ruling family of the Soleri 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 ever.On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, 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.

Soleri Details

TitleSoleri
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
ISBN0765386488
ISBN-139780765386489
Number of pages368 pages
Rating
GenreFantasy, Adult Fiction, Fiction, High Fantasy, Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Mythology

Soleri Review

  • Cinda
    June 21, 2016
    Prepare to be ensnared in a web of ruthless politics and unbridled ambition, where even the authority of the emperor may be based on an ancient deception. Johnston builds an immersive world with elements of Egyptian and Roman history, myth, and religion. This story seethes with twists and turns, betrayals and secrets, and will keep you guessing until the very last page.
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  • Austin
    January 29, 2017
    Unparalleled, fascinating, and intriguing. Soleri by Michael Johnston is a story imbued with creativity, mythology, and ancient history.Soleri is told from the point of view of five main, unique, and interconnected individuals, who each have their own goals, motivations, and agendas. No one can be entirely trusted or relied upon, and for some characters, they will have to learn this sad truth the hard way. Each character’s point of view used in the novel is heavily developed, and is seamlessly a Unparalleled, fascinating, and intriguing. Soleri by Michael Johnston is a story imbued with creativity, mythology, and ancient history.Soleri is told from the point of view of five main, unique, and interconnected individuals, who each have their own goals, motivations, and agendas. No one can be entirely trusted or relied upon, and for some characters, they will have to learn this sad truth the hard way. Each character’s point of view used in the novel is heavily developed, and is seamlessly alternated from one to another without any major disruptions, something that is seldom found in literature today. The five major point of views follow the linked lives of King Arko Hark-Wadi of Harkana, a desert kingdom subservient to the Soleri Empire; Arko’s older daughter, Merit, who is forced to manage her family’s affairs; Arko’s younger daughter, Kepina (Kepi), who wants to focus on her future by erasing her past; Arko’s imprisoned son and heir, Ren, a hostage held by the Soleri who stands against injustice; and Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of Desouk who seeks answers that have been hidden for centuries. These five individuals will fight and lie to save their own lives, as they struggle to uncover secrets and understand the underlying purpose of what they are fighting for, and why their visions for the future are the most righteous. It is not easy to fight or ignore fate on your own, and sometimes, it is better to just follow your heart and listen to your gut, and see what and whom the rays of Mithra-Sol will burn and smolder next.Michael Johnston’s Soleri is a vast, unrivaled world where everyone seeks a higher purpose by understanding, solving, or protecting the mysteries of the universe that surround them. As of right now, Soleri appears to be the first installment in a duology, with no scheduled release date information for the second installment, as of yet.Soleri is my favorite book from 2017 so far, and is in my “top ten” fantasy books of all time, without a doubt. Please prepare yourself for its arrival at a book depository near you in June of 2017. Recommended for historical, mythological, and fantastical connoisseurs who enjoy a sprinkle of intrigue and a dash of revenge.
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  • Anjanette Johnston
    February 6, 2017
    I received an advanced reader copy of Soleri by Michael Johnston and was truly amazed by the depth and scope of this story. I loved the characters and descriptions of this world, especially the interactions of the different groups and what you learn of the secrets and plots surrounding these families. Even months later, I still think of this story and cannot wait for everyone to read it this summer - I will definitely be reading it again!
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  • Lexie
    January 18, 2017
    This book has months to go before its release, so I don't want to spoil anything even with vagueness.I'm glad to have read this, glad to have a new author to follow in fantasy, glad to have met Kepi and Ren and the world of the Soleri.I am (view spoiler)[somewhat less happy that while some people who deserved to die did in fact die in horrifying, but mostly appropriate ways, a lot of people who deserved to have longer stories perished. Also, whether intentional or not, the book begins with more This book has months to go before its release, so I don't want to spoil anything even with vagueness.I'm glad to have read this, glad to have a new author to follow in fantasy, glad to have met Kepi and Ren and the world of the Soleri.I am (view spoiler)[somewhat less happy that while some people who deserved to die did in fact die in horrifying, but mostly appropriate ways, a lot of people who deserved to have longer stories perished. Also, whether intentional or not, the book begins with more men in power and ends with mainly women in power because the men died to further plot lines. (hide spoiler)]Sadly I don't think this is a standalone based on the ending. If that ending IS meant to reference the end of the story, hella lot of questions right there.
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  • Michael Johnston
    April 27, 2017
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