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The Master of All Desires

By Judith Merkle Riley

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Format: Paperback, 458 pages
Published In: United States, 01 July 2013
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"A delightful blend of history, romance, and the supernatural, served with a generous helping of wit and humor."-Booklist Nostradamus, a ruthless queen, and a young poet find themselves in the fight of their lives... Lady Sibille never goes looking for trouble, but trouble always seems to find her. When she inadvertently becomes the master of an ancient cursed head of Menander the Magus-the Master of All Desires-she suddenly has the power to grant any wish, at a steep price. Queen Catherine de Medici is trying to obtain the power of the Master in order to get rid of her husband's mistress. But she does not understand that the Master is malic itself, twisting the wishes that he grants to bring destruction. But only Nostradamus knows that evil befalls all who wish upon this accursed object. Can he stop these determined women before they unwittingly destroy the entire kingdom of France? Praise for The Master of All Desires: "Mixing history and fantasy with elan, Judith Merkle Riley offers a tightly woven, suspenseful, and fiendishly funny novel...Lush period detail and sprightly dialogue laced with humor and courtly pomp anchor Riley's romantic adventure with stylized whimsy and historical plausibility."-Publishers Weekly"Another darling mix of history, romance and the occult from Riley, a writer who excels at getting the background right and creating strong, intelligent heroines."-Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Judith Merkle Riley, author of The Oracle Glass (a Book-of-the-Month Club selection) and The Serpent Garden, (both available from Penguin) is a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College. She is also the author of A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion. She lives in Claremont, California.

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"I love to read period pieces like this and "Master of All Desires" did not disappoint." - Book Loons "Merkle Riley manages to make the story funny, entertaining, and educational. " - Dear Author "Lush period detail and sprightly dialogue laced with humor and courtly pomp anchor Riley's romantic adventure with stylized whimsy and historical plausibility. " - Publishers Weekly "It's a fun flight of fancy which keeps you turning pages right up to the end." - SF Site "This is a very good, though very offbeat, fantasy." - New England Science Fiction Association, Inc. "Another dazzling mix of history, romance, and the occult from Riley, a writer who excels at getting the background right and creating strong intelligent heroines (The Serpent Garden, 1996, etc.)" - Kirkus Review "Ms. Rileys fans will truly enjoy her special and clever angle on history and the little millennium twists she throw in here and there. This is a book to enjoy." - RT Book Reviews "Ms. Riley makes the otherworldly powers seem genuine, making this intelligent and humorous book a must read for sub-genre fans or anyone who enjoys top entertainment in their literature." - Book N Bytes "I love to read period pieces like this and Master of All Desires did not disappoint." - Book Loons "Delightfully rich in history, humor, and imagination".-- SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

EAN: 9781402270611
ISBN: 1402270615
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.21 x 3.3 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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