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.
"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