The Realms of God
The Shards of Heaven - Book #3
by Michael Livingston
Wow wow wow wow wow. I was hooked when The Shards of Heaven seared itself in my brain, again with The Gates of Hell, and the third book of the series lives up to the promise of the first two. The story is rife with historical references, especially the descriptions of the places the character visits. Livingston does a phenomenal job of transporting me to ancient Rome, Israel, Mauritania, and elsewhere. Even though those places are long gone and left in ruins, Livingston breathes new life into them, much the same way the-- no, I won't spoil this book.
You must read it. If you're a fan of history, you enjoy fantasy, and you have even an ounce of interest in reading as a hobby (if not an outright passion), you must pick up this series and read it all the way up to this book.
True story. About halfway through, a character named Pullo gets in a fight. I was eating lunch, and I gasped when the fight began. Visions flashed through my head of this beloved character dying after surviving so much before. I tweeted at Michael and said, "If Pullo dies, so help me God..."
Run -- don't walk -- to your local bookstore and pick up this book. Then tweet profanities at @medievalguy, as his story tugs at your heartstrings and puts you on the edge of your seat for days.