Review of The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman

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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.

My review:

I was really looking forward to this book.  It has a beautiful cover and what’s not to like about good vs evil fantasy?

The story was a little difficult for me to get into at first. We finally meet the hero of the story, Leoros, several chapters into the book.  The author begins with the back stories of how this world was created.  And while it is very descriptive, it does get a bit confusing and I found myself having to re-read some of it so I could fully understand.

Once Leoros uses the Emerald Tablet to travel from modern-time Egypt to this other planet, things become clearer.  And about half-way into the book,  the battle between good and evil begins. The action was well-paced and kept me interested and wanting to see what would happen next.  I also enjoyed how the author shows the evil and how they are able to convince others into believing they are actually the good ones.  At some points, you really don’t know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.

There are many memorable characters throughout this book and the author has certainly done his homework in regards to Greek and Egyptian mythology and history.  And although the main character is 13, this is not what I would characterize as young adult; there are several scenes not appropriate for younger teens.

Overall, I liked this book and can see the potential as this series progresses. Since this is the first book, we are sure to see Leoros’ character develop further. There are so many really great characters about who I would like to learn more.   I have the feeling that this first book is just the start for Leoros and his true destiny.

I didn’t really drink much wine with this book as I needed a clear head to follow it,  but afterwards, a lovely Shiraz was very nice as I mulled over the adventure I had just read.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine.


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About Joshua SilvermanJoshua 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.

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