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.
My thoughts on Soul of the World
I received a complimentary copy of Soul of the World to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed The Emerald Tablet, the first book in the series, so I was pretty excited to check out Soul of the World. I have to say, Silverman really did a fantastic job in the second part! The writing is a lot tighter and the character development is even stronger than in the first book. The book picks up about two years after the end of Emerald Tablet. It begins with Shirin vowing to “kill them all” if she survives the battle she’s facing. Not quite as disturbing a start as The Emerald Tablet (although I still feel that intro was incredibly strong and powerful), but I do love how it really throws you into the story. For those who are picking up this book without reading the first, the back story is woven into the current one. I love this because since I read the first one, I don’t need to waste time getting right into the action!
Leoros is more mature in Soul of the World. Although I felt he was definitely more mature than his age in The Emerald Tablet, now he’s really no longer a boy- both physically and emotionally. How can he be? His parents were murdered, he’s traveled across worlds and he’s battled the forces of evil all before he was legally old enough to drive a car! As with the Emerald Tablet, Silverman expertly blends the mythology we all know and love with his own unique take on it while introducing an entirely new mythos to become immersed in. If you loved the first book, you’ll enjoy this one even more. Even if you didn’t love the first one, I suggest giving Silverman another chance because he’s really pulled out all the stops to make this a spectacularly adventurous ride.
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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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