Blog Tour: Soleri by Michael Johnston (guest post + giveaway)

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Soleri by Michael Johnston! I am so glad to be part of this tour hosted by Jean Book Nerd Tours. I am lucky enough to be hosting a guest post written by the author himself, so check that out, then follow the tour links at the end of this post (or click the banner above), enter the giveaway, and enjoy hearing all about the world of Soleri! Happy reading, Dreamers!

by Michael Johnston
Publish Date: 13 June 2017
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Range: Adult
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.

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Why This is the Book I HAD to Write

I worked as an architect for eleven years before I started work on my first epic fantasy novel, Soleri. And I can honestly say that it was those eleven years that drove me to write my novel. Sometimes there really are novels we need to write and Soleri was one of them.

I love architecture, but its day to day practice is primarily focused on making certain the toilets are in the right places, that there is enough space around them, that a wheelchair can access one, and that the toilet roll is properly placed. These things are drawn incorrectly all the time. Hanging rods in closets are drawn incorrectly with equal regularity. The practice of architecture can best be defined by an assemblage of minute tasks, cobbled together into a profession. One of the most important of those tasks is construction observation. Architects baby-sit contractors, watching their every move, making certain they build the actual building per the drawings. It’s a task that should be completely unnecessary, but it is one of the most essential acts an architect performs. Babysitting. It’s important, but it certainly is not an intellectual endeavor.

When I left grad school I was ready to take on such an endeavor. The study of architecture, architecture school, is an intellectual endeavor, but the practice of architecture is another matter entirely. I tired of the profession almost immediately. I lost interest. I needed to do something more creative. So I immediately started scribbling notes. Back in the early 2000’s I decided to write a book on architecture. But, after a few years, a book on architectural theory seemed just a bit too stuffy. Somewhere along the way I switched from non-fiction to fiction. That’s where I found the book I needed to write. I’ll tell you how I got there.

See, architecture and epic fantasy aren’t that different. I’ve said this more than a few times. They’re both about world-building, making environments, etc. Architects make theirs in the real work (a great and honorable challenge) and epic fantasy authors draw theirs in the entirely free space of fiction. The latter appealed to me, the former exhausted me. I wanted to create places and moods, environments and the characters that inhabited them, and I wanted to do it with complete freedom.

And truly, that’s why I had to write the book.

Praise for Soleri

"Soleri is bloody and utterly epic. A huge saga in a rich and deeply original world." ―Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author

"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." ―Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

Michael Johnston was born in 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child and a teen he was an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy. He studied architecture and ancient history at Lehigh University and during a lecture on the history of ancient Egypt, the seed of an idea was born. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, graduating at the top of his class. Michael worked as an architect in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Sparked by the change of locale, a visit to the desert, and his growing dissatisfaction with the architectural industry, he sought a way to merge his interests in architecture and history with his love of fantasy. By day he worked as an architect, but by night he wrote and researched an epic fantasy novel inspired by the history of ancient Egypt and the tragic story of King Lear. After working this way for several years, he shut down his successful architecture practice and resolved to write full time. He now lives and writes in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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