The Master of All Desires
A NovelBook - 2013
"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 theentire kingdom of France?
Praise for The Master of All Desires:
"Mixing history and fantasy with #65533;lan, 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 mixof history, romance and the occult from Riley, a writer who excels at getting the background right and creating strong, intelligent heroines."-Kirkus Reviews