by Joshua Silverman
The 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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Grade: A- (Five stars)
A great read. I really enjoy heavy fantasy, so this book was right down my alley. Such a unique read. I did read the first book as well, and I think this one is far better then the first one. In this book, we know who is on what side. There’s a battle, that’s the big underlying premise of this whole novel. It’s a bit violent, but not in a unnecessary way. You need the violence, and I get so tired of seeing fantasy books that deal with battle who don’t even deal with the actual fighting. It’s a hallmark of a good fantasy novel, and I was glad to see it was included in this book. I really loved how the characters in this book were so well defined compared to the first one. The characters are more fleshed out now which really helped me to connect with them on a better level. I thought the crafting of the world was impressive. It’s one of those things I look for in a fantasy novel, if you’re going to set your story in a fantasy world, make it fleshed out. We want to know the world, a map in our heads, because you know it so well. I was pleased with the world in this book, it was pretty well laid out and didn’t confuse me, so I thought that was a very strong point for that novel. Overall, I really enjoyed this series. The POV changes were good, and really strengthened the story, and this second book really picked up from the first one and went running in a wonderful direction!
*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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.