Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman.

The Emerald Tablet (Legends of Amun Ra)
by Joshua Silverman.

Genre: 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 archeologist 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.

My thoughts:

“The one who bears the symbol of the Emerald Tablet will fight the one who bears the Heart of Gold to decide the fate of the world”.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

What can I say about “The Emerald Tablet”? Well, it was unique, no doubts about that.
At some moments it was a ‘meh’ read and at some others it was a fantastic read.
That’s why I’m not going to choose any number of stars and just explain what I liked and what I didn’t.

What you need to know:

The book is written in Present tense and in third person. None of those are my favorite but that’s personal taste.

Not only we have a main story but also we find super interesting subplots, several POV that converge in a bigger picture. That’s something I enjoyed a lot.

The beginning is violent. Be aware of this, but don’t worry because as the book continues, this is not a pattern.

The knowledge about Egyptian and Greek Mythology that the author shows is stunning and you can tell there’s been a lot of research behind this book.
The bad thing about this, is that in the first part of the book I kept trying to remember the names and the role each character had and especially the ones in the legends. It confused me. I mean, there were difficult names, not an easy task!

But as the story unfolds, you get use to them and everything flows in a smooth way.
Leoros is a great character, he made me smile with all the comparison to comics and sci fit v shows. He was naïve but brave and caring at the same time.
But, my super favorite was Atlantia, that little girl with visions. Strong, brave, daring and sweet. Loved her!

This is a nice book for Fantasy lovers, but don’t go looking for a light- easy read, this is complex but utterly enjoyable.
There is a sequel and I’ll keep an eye on that one .

This is a phrase that really caught my attention, it draw me into the story completely:

“Emotions are what make us human. The denial of hate, the suppression of it, only fuels its fire; it makes hate stronger. I believe in the truth. And the truth is – the world is not a nice place. I know you have the gift to harness energy. I saw it in your eyes. Together, with my instruction, you will feel hate. You will feel what it is to have revenge on someone you despise. One day, you will kill and you will enjoy it”

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  1. I like books that have unique twist to them but this doesn't sound like one for me.

  2. Thanks for the info. might look into it though it will be when i can focus on it. :)



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