Monday, June 24, 2013

Legends of Amun Ra The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman - Review

The Emerald TabletGenre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Leoros doesn't have many friends. The son of a scientist and archeologist, he is constantly on the move. But when his parents make a startling discovery in Egypt, Leoros' world is turned upside down. Do you wish you could have the power of a god? Would you use it for good…or for evil? When an archaeologist discovers the mythic Emerald Tablet buried beneath Egypt’s desert, her son decodes the ancient text leading him to a distant world. On that world, a slave girl begins a journey towards a destiny she cannot imagine. But when an ancient foe rises from the ashes, they will be brought together by forces neither understands. Leoros, who dreams of being like the heroes in the comic books, must fight to unlock the secrets of the universe to save a people he never knew existed. Atlantia, whose bloody visions wake her in the night, senses the darkness coming. Together they will face an enemy with the power of dark energy, lose a mentor to the assassin’s blade, and be betrayed by someone they trust. Their fight for the future is just beginning, and before it is over, a final sacrifice must be made. When the darkness comes, will they stand and fight or will they join it? There is darkness in everyone. Purchase the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts: The Emerald Tablet is full of excitement. The plot is very fast. Sometimes I was a little lost about where the time had gone in the story, but it was fast paced. I really wanted to be pulled into the book, because there are so many great things going on. For some reason it just never happened. I did enjoy the Greek and Egyptian mythology though, as well as the characters’ abilities to manipulate energy.

There are some very interesting characters. They kept me invested in this book. I wanted to know what was going to happen with each of them. This book is written so that you can see many different characters’ point of views. Every once in a while it would skip back and forth during one section so I wasn’t always sure who’s point of view it was. I loved Dio and Theron’s characters the most. I wish that we had seen much more of Theron. Kem was almost too easily manipulated in the story. Leoros and Atlantia were brave kids, and I will be interested to see what happens with them next. I found issues with how much re-telling was done with the characters. It got so repetitive at times that the book lost my attention.

I found The Emerald Tablet to be a good sci-fi/fantasy. It is the first book that I have read that did so much. The mixing of Greek and Egyptian mythology and the portals to travel to other worlds were very interesting. The futuristic world was really great, too. I both loved and hated the ending. It definitely made me want to find out what would happen in the next book, but I was troubled by it. Since I don’t do spoilers, I won’t say why.

I think that The Emerald Tablet shows a lot of promise. There are some issues that bothered me, but there is enough good about the book for me to want to know what will happen next in the series. 


Joshua SilvermanAbout Joshua Silverman

Joshua Silverman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Orange County, California. While attending California State University, Fullerton and studying Criminal Justice, Joshua was introduced to a creative writing class where he wrote a series of paranormal stories. As a child, he has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations. Since working in the legal environment, he has combined his passion for creative writing with his love of ancient history by penning his debut novel, The Emerald Tablet, the first of seven in the Legends of Amun Ra series. Follow Joshua Silverman: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads Follow the Tour Enter the Contest Below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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