Selected Works

Historical Fiction
Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl who will survive?

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Teaser Tuesday

February 15, 2011

Tags: teaser tuesday, the oracle glass, judith merkle riley

I thought I'd try something new here on Ave Historia. Every Tuesday I'll post a teaser from whatever historical fiction novel I'm currently reading - and follow up with a review on Friday. For this week, enjoy a snippet from an old favorite of mine - a book that is my literary equivalent of comfort food.

"Tell me - you asked a question, now I get one," she said. "You speak so well, you must come from a good family. Why are you here alone? What makes you want to suffer pain and dishonor to join a world you know nothing about? You could be reading to your old father, or embroidering in one of those comfortable convents for rich girls . . ."

"Revenge," I said. "There is a man I hate. She has promised to make me strong enough to destroy him."

"Only one?" observed La Trianon. "My, you are young."

-- From The Oragle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley. Throw a crippled and intelligent young girl with a talent for fortunetelling into the snake pit of the Sun King's court, add an outrageous con job and a dash of black magic, garnish with real historical figures like Louix XIV and his various mistresses, dust with arsenic and stir to a boil . . .

Read my review on Friday!