Michael Johnston, who co-authored the frozen, post-apocalyptic multi-world fantasy Heart of Dread series with Melissa de la Cruz, presents his debut solo novel, Soleri. In his SFFWorld interview, Michael describes his inspiration: “Soleri is a big mix of the real and the unreal, the believable and the impossible. I’m trained as an architect and there is a lot of real architectural history in Soleri. For me, the challenge was to take all that real-world knowledge and blend it with a fantasy narrative.”
Please note: in keeping with the focus of the event, Melissa will be exclusively available to sign copies of the Heart of Dread series, not the rest of her extensive body of work.
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.
ecast the spell. Light the flame. Make the world anew.
With the ruins of New Kandy still smoldering around them and Nat s bond to her beloved drakon quickly fraying, Nat and Wes are lost amid a sea of destruction with Wes at death s door. Wes tried to save his sister, Eliza, and protect them from her cruelty, only to see firsthand just how dark her power had become.
Desperate to escape the dangers lurking in New Kandy, Wes accepts help from a mysterious voice calling out to him from the Blue, leading Nat and his crew into even more perilous surroundings. They quickly realize that their only chance for survival lies with Nat and the quest for a new world to replace their broken one but at what cost?
In this epic conclusion to the Heart of Dread trilogy, Nat and Wes must put their love to the ultimate test in hopes of seeing their world reborn.
Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control and she s risked her life for their reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. Back in New Vegas, citizens are threatened by the resurgence of magic and declare war on all the marked. Wes and his team travel to the extravagant indoor city of El Dorado looking for his sister, but when they are caught on the wrong side of the RSA s strict new laws, Wes is forced to do the unthinkable surrender and rejoin the military's quest to uncover the magical source, the same land Nat is struggling to protect. Now he and Nat find themselves on opposing sides of a war that could potentially destroy what s left of the world.