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New Historical Fiction from Luciana Cavallaro

I’ve read many of Luciana Cavallaro’s Greek-centered historical fiction. They are always authentic to the times and dramatic in their plot and characters. Luciana has a new series coming out called Coin of Time, a fast-moving series about tracking down a ancient coin with mystical powers before it can fall into the wrong hands. I had the honor of an early read of Book 1, The Guardian’s Legacy, just in time for its launch date of

October 5, 2021.

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If you like ancient Greek novels, you will love this one.


An ancient cover up, a dangerous legacy and the search for the most powerful object.

A three-thousand-year old magical coin, the disappearance of an old man, fanatical neo-Nazis, and the hunt by Interpol, merge in this gripping story of an ancient cover up, and the transition of an ordinary man into the guardian of the most powerful coin on earth.

High school teacher Nik Zosimos, leads an uncomplicated life until he receives a cryptic phone message from his grandfather, Iasos. He hurries to his grandfather’s finding him relaxed and pleased to see him. A few beers later, Nik leaves his grandfather’s place, stupefied and astounded. Iasos has a secret, one that dates back to the time of Herakles.

But that was just a myth, wasn’t it?

If you like Dan Brown and Wilbur Smith books or enjoy action, fast-past dramatic shows similar to National Treasure and The Librarians, then you’ll love The Guardian’s Legacy. Award-winning author of Historical Fantasy/Adventure, Luciana Cavallaro, pens a thrilling mystery. Click the BUY NOW button at the top and find out how Nik’s life changes.

My Review

The Guardian’s Legacy, Book one of Cavallero’s new series, Coin of Time (October 2021), is the fascinating story of a 2500-year-old magical coin so powerful it must be guarded constantly against the evil forces that would give anything to possess it. The job historically has been the responsibility of one family, a duty passed down through generations. The reason: to prevent the coin’s daunting powers from falling into the hands of dark forces who would possess it for their own nefarious purposes. Twenty-something Nikolaos Zosimos knows nothing about the obligation carried by his eighty-year-old grandfather until the time comes the elder chooses Nik as the next in line. He prepares Nik as best he can, both physically and mentally, and then reveals another piece of the puzzle. There’s a second coin, already in the wrong hands. If these evil people can control both coins, it would unleash untold dangers on the rest of the world. It becomes Nik’s job, with his grandfather, to steal back this second coin or at worst, prevent losing their own to those who own the second. 

As with all of Cavallaro’s novels, this story includes lots of ancient Greek history and enough action to keep everyone entertained. This is the first of the series and sets the stage for a traumatic race through time and space where failure is not an option (admittedly, I’m guessing at this because I haven’t read the rest of the series). Highly recommended for those who love stories of ancient Greece and its mythology.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.

47 thoughts on “New Historical Fiction from Luciana Cavallaro

  1. Hi Jacqui – I’d love to read her … now you’ve ‘eulolgised’ her books … but I must wait til next year … too much going on – but I know you’ll be reminding me … thanks for this great introduction … cheers Hilary

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  2. Dear Jacqui,
    it seems to be a similar structure like in The Lord of the Rings only set in ancient Greece.
    If I remember it correctly it was about 500 BCE that the first coins were used in Greece. In ancient Greece – times of Homer, about 750 BCE – no coins exited.
    Oh dear, I hated the old Greek lessons at school. But I know that we only know second hand about the ancient Greek culture f.e. Herodotus and Plato.
    Thanks for your review
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • Dear Jacqui,
        in acient Greece there were no democratic structures as you can clearly see in the Odyssey and Ilias. It were different kinds of small kingdoms. The beginning of democracy comes much later with the classic time around 500 BCE – about 250 years later.
        Sorry, for being like a teacher but we think in historical phantasy the facts have to be correct.
        Wishing you a wonderfull week
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • Dear Jacqui,
        will you be at the Frankfurt Bookfair? I just saw on my invitation that there are so called ‘Signierboxen’ where authors sign their books for their fans. I suppose that could be interesting for you.
        Klausbernd 🙂

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