by Joshua SilvermanThe ancient powers lost to Potara have returned. The Brotherhood of the Black Rose rises to bring Thoth into disorder. And, while the Brotherhood reclaims their power, chaos reigns among the survivors. Six individuals have emerged from the aftermath struggling for control over their lives and a divided land. Kem and Shirin, who abolished the five thousand year reign of the Amun Priests, rule from the golden throne of the Oracle’s Chair in the Hall of the Nine. Dio and Axios struggle to piece together a resistance worthy to challenge the ancient magic which resides in the Great Temple of Amun, and Leoros and Atlantia try to remain true to their hearts and their cause despite tragedy. But when the Book of Breathings is discovered, the path to immortality is revealed. Leoros and Kem race to capture the Soul of the World unaware of the challenges awaiting them. This time, the gods themselves will intervene. In a tale where boys become men and girls become women, where treachery and deception are around every corner, and where primeval mysticism finds its way back from the grave, victory is reserved for neither the good nor the evil, but the powerful.
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My Thoughts: I reviewed the first book in this series and had some issues with it. I enjoyed it but struggled with certain elements. I think, because of that, I started The Soul of the World with caution. Now I cannot remember what I struggled with in the first book. The Soul of the World blew it out of the water. I was immediately interested and hungry to find out more. The story line flowed wonderfully, the descriptions were vivid, and the characters were still amazing.
I found the characters easier to follow in this book. Each chapter was designated to a character. That was one of the greatest parts. I loved reading what each character was going through at the time. The characters followed the paths it seems they should naturally take. Joshua Silverman didn’t try to force them into unrealistic situations. There was an easy flow to the progression in their lives. I loved every bit of the growth they showed, and I could understand every set back as well.
This book may have lacked the constant training from the first book, but it did not take anything away from it. The adventure and the battle were still there. A new element for me that I loved was the mythological animals. They had their own personality and getting to know them was just as interesting as getting to know the human characters. This new evil may be more frightening than the first. The Brotherhood of the Black Rose is terrifying in their abilities to create so much chaos in the world.
I am still a bit astounded at how this whole series works. I love how intermingled the mythology is. I love that it is another planet. I love the abilities that the characters possess. I especially loved the dynamic between characters in this book. I now want to go back and re-read the first book. Maybe I missed some things, or maybe just reading it that second time will make it work better for me. Either way, I absolutely loved The Soul of the World, and I would suggest it to everyone. I can’t wait to read the next book!
About the Author: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.
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I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.