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The Realms of God

(The Shards of Heaven #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The Ark of the Covenant has been spirited out of Egypt to Petra, along with the last of its guardians. But dark forces are in pursuit. Three demons, inadvertently unleashed by Juba of Numidia and the daughter of Cleopatra, are in league with Tiberius, son and heir of Augustus Caesar. They've seized two of the fabled Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Tor Books
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The Realms of God is the third, and concluding, installment in Dr. Michael Livingston’s The Shards of Heaven: a clever, entertaining historical fantasy twist on ancient Rome. Having been an avid reader since book one, I had high expectations for this novel and can truly admit this met them all, delivering exactly the mixture of action, adventure, history, and mystery that I was hoping for as the story comes to a close.

Two decades have passed. King Juba of Maure
So, 4 stars for Book 1 - The Shards of Heaven, and 4 stars for Book 2 - The Gates of Hell, but a solid 5 stars for Book 3. The first two books were really good, solid, smooth reads.

Loved the alternate history idea with regards to Rome, but the third book really kicked it up a level, and was very difficult to put down. Perfect for a lazy day read, when there's little to be done, so it made it easy to devour. Fantastic ending to the trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed the overlap of different cultural
Jessica Higgins
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A terrific ending to a fantastic trilogy!

Twenty years has passed and we find that time has once again continued to move on. King Juba and Cleopatra Selene have reigned in peace without interference from Augustus Caesar or Tiberius. The ark of the covenant has been safely place in Petra in an abandoned tomb, continually watched over by Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus, who are also raising Miriam, the daughter of Caesarian and Hannah, who gave their lives protecting the ark. But evil still lurks by
A pretty awesome wrap-up to a series that had both real history and fantasy to it. And did I mention it's partially set in Petra? Good stuff.

As a person who is fascinated by what has gone on before on this earth, the historical aspect of this book really grabbed me. It's not surprising because Michael Livingston knows how to tell a tale, whether it's in a university classroom, a convention for fantasy geeks, or, so I'm told by some who have heard him, an auditorium of medieval historians. He's
Maria Haskins
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous finale to Livingston's "Shards" trilogy, and I tore through this book in a couple of days. As in all the books, Livingston excels at creating characters you care about, even with their flaws, and a huge part of the enjoyment for me is finding out what will happen to them. This book is a real pageturner, and the action keeps moving from one ancient locale to another: Alexandria, Jerusalem, Petra and Livingston gives us just enough history to keep the fantasy grounded in reality ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After having started the trilogy largely due to a desire to read, sample and support local authors, I quickly knew that I had made a solid choice. And so, book one became book two and today, I completed book three.

From tales of Cleopatra, to the shores of Alexandra to...

This book- The Realms of God- with a tale in Petra with a haunted Tiberius and the band (mostly) of companions from the two predecessors.

A solid extension to the series, with engrossing vividly sketched locales and head
nikkia neil
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Thanks Macmillan-Tor/Forge and netgalley for this ARC.

Michael Livingston really hits the bullseye with this novel. Action, adventure, love, magic, and angels/demons- all fight for dominance in this hard to classify masterpiece.
Henry Lazarus
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Michael Livingston’s final tale of the five stones that grant magical abilities, the shards of heaven, is set in the turbulent period after Herod the Great’s death. The demons released in the last tale are trying to enter The Realms of God (hard from TOR). The riots in Jerusalem allow roman troops entry into the Chamber of Holies in the rebuilt Jewish Temple to find a hidden shard that allows teleportation. From there the action moves to Petra where one of the other shards was hidden. Real histo ...more
This was the most solid book of the trilogy. The stakes were high and real, while keeping the story mostly within known historical events. It was also interesting to see new places such as Jerusalem and Petra, and learn something about their history around the time of Augustus Caesar.
While the plot and style are not at the level of Epic Fantasy masterpieces such as A Song of Ice and Fire, the trilogy was quite a fun read, and in particular, to those interested in the ancient history of the Medit
Spencer Ellsworth
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, action-packed closer to the Shards of Heaven series by Mike Livingston. The ancient Roman characters, from soldiers Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus to the exiled prince Caesarion, wage superhuman battle with the various Shards of Heaven artifacts, all over the Roman empire. It's a kind of Infinity War for Roman superheroes, and just as packed with historical detail as it is with page-turning action.
John Adams
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Offers more of the same (a fast-moving thriller set in the Roman Empire featuring historical personages, demons, and Raiders of the Lost Ark-type adventure) while coming to an only moderately satisfying conclusion. That conclusion is vexing in its odd effort to recast Christianity within the context of this fantasy.
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really good end to a better-than-average series.
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A native of Colorado, Michael Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. He lives today in Charleston, South Carolina, where he teaches at The Citadel.

In his author life, he is a winner of the prestigious international Writers of the Future Contest (in 2005), and his novel SHARDS OF HEAVEN, the first in a trilogy of historical fantasies, will be published by Tor Books in

Other books in the series

The Shards of Heaven (3 books)
  • The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven #1)
  • The Gates of Hell (The Shards of Heaven, #2)

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