Master of All Desires by Judith Merkle Riley
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013
Format: Paperback 386pp
Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"1556 in Paris: Queen Catherine de Medici's astrologer, the prophet Nostradamus, has divined a dreadful secret. The queen is trying to obtain the Undying Head of Menander—the Master of All Desires—in order to get rid of her husband's mistress. But she does not understand that the Master, a living mummified head, is malice itself, twisting the wishes that he grants to bring destruction. The battle that ensues—between a prophet who scorns poetry, a woman in love, and a sly and ruthless queen—is set in a world where colorful court pageantry conceals a nation balanced on the brink of bloody civil war."
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