Legends of Amun Ra-The Emerald Tablet

Legends of Amun Ra-The Emerald Tablet

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Leoros doesn't have many friends. As the son of a scientist and archeologist, he is constantly on the move. When his parents discover the mythic Emerald Tablet buried beneath Egypt's desert, he decodes the ancient text which leads him to a distant world, and suddenly his world is turned upside down. 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. Do you wish you could have the power of a god? Would you use it for good...or for evil? Silverman combines spiritual alchemy, Greek mythology, Egyptian gods and culture to produce a science fiction fantasy series you just can't put down once you start reading. His knowledge of Greek and Egyptian history is meticulously portrayed throughout Legends of Amun Ra-The Emerald Tablet. This book is a must read for any sci-fi fantasy reader. You will instantly become a Silverman fan.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Enchanted Forest Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0985207035
  • 9780985207038

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88 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 23% (20)
4 35% (31)
3 27% (24)
2 10% (9)
1 5% (4)

Our customer reviews

When it comes to fantasy books, I find that sometimes I am absolutely enthralled, and other times I am rather ambivalent. It is often not the author's fault, but I am committed to giving my honest opinion. Please know that is what this is, and your experience may be completely different. From the beginning, I knew I was out of my league with this book. I do not know mythology well, and this book covers Egyptian, Greek, and Roman mythology (perhaps others, but those are the only ones I recognized). I found myself struggling to keep the characters straight, and I think a cast of characters may have helped. I will say that the merging of these various mythological characters was done exceptionally well, and those who know these characters would appreciate this element of the book very much. When I began reading, I was of the understanding that this was a fantasy book, but I believe there is much more to this genre. I would call it fantasy-thriller. There is plenty of violence in the book--not terribly descriptive, but it will "wake" you up! There is some profanity and some sex scenes (not erotic but definitely there) that I could have done without, but that is just me. In my opinion, this is not young adult fantasy--this is adult. While this book is not necessarily something I would pick up and read, if you are a hardcore fantasy enthusiast, this book would probably be right up your alley. I often found myself lost within the book, but most of that was just me. I didn't connect with the story like I wished I could have. I will say that if you like the book, you will find the ending unsettling. This is the first book in the series, and you will want to read the second. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
Where I stopped reading: Page 52 Why I stopped reading: I didn’t even make it through my usual obligatory hundred pages. The story might be good, but fifty pages in, I still didn’t know who the main characters were supposed to be. I can dodge less than stellar writing if the story pulls me in, and I certainly keep reading books where the writing is great but the story isn’t quite thereâ€Â¦ I just couldn’t do both at the same time. What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for The Emerald Tablet is 3.81. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were 32 4 star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 3 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you may not. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)show more
by Chrissy
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Joshua Silverman.) 13-year-old Leoros is staying in a tent for the summer while his mother the archaeologist is busy excavating her latest site. When her team discover an emerald tablet they are excited, as it is a relic that they have been searching for for many years. Leoros surprises them when it seems that he can read the ancient markings on the tablet, but his mother writes it off as merely fantasy. When Leoros later examines the tablet, and inserts a piece of amber into it, it begins to glow, and he takes it back into the site, and inserts it into the pillar of Hermes. Doing this opens some kind of portal, and Leoros steps through to another planet, a planet on which his birthmark in the shape of two dragnos means something - it singles him out as the child of the emerald tablet. As Leoros begins to train with Pythos, an Amun priest, he learns how to create and use blue and green energies, and also learns about a prophecy that means he'll fight the bearer of the symbol of the gold heart. The other trainees who work with Pythos are jealous of the time he spends with Leoros though, and also pick on another girl called Atlantia because they feel she is below them - only a servant girl. Atlantia and Leoros are strong together though, and are about to learn that not everything is as straightforward as it may seem. Will the prophecy of the child of the emerald tablet come true? What is Atlantia's place in all of this? When will the war start? And are people who control black energy really evil? This was a good, mature YA fantasy novel, with some strong lead characters. Leoros seemed to accept that he was special and had a certain purpose quite quickly, as deep down he knew that this is what his life's purpose was. I liked his confidence, and I also liked how he stuck up for Atlantia when the others picked on her and made her feel bad. He never treated Atlantia like she was less than him, and always comforted her after her nightmares/visions. Leoros was also a lot more mature than you would expect of his 13 years, and it was easy to think of him as older. Leoros' parents were a bit self-involved, and his father especially seemed a bit overbearing. He was insistant that Leoros follow a certain path in life, and disliked that he seemed to believe his mother's stories about ancient times, and liked comics and video games. When Leoros disappeared, his father even tried to blame it on his mother for filling his head with nonsense. I did think it a little odd that Leoros' parents were quite so quick to decided that his disappearance had something to do with the glowing emerald tablet though, but I suppose seeing as there were so few possible reasons for his disappearance, and the glowing of the tablet was new, it was a semi-plausible explanation. It was nice how eventually Leoros' parents realised that they would have to work together as a team to get him back, even when their beliefs differed. I did have trouble keeping up with the storyline in this book as there seemed to be a lot going on. I often find it difficult to keep up with fantasy books, and I actually had to use a pen and paper for this one just so I could keep track. I'm sure other people wouldn't have this problem, but there was a lot going on for me, especially when I was trying to keep track of what was happening in the other world with regards to prophecies, ancient events, and what exactly Leoros and the other trainee priests were doing. I liked the storyline of the emerald tablet and how Leoros got transported through to the other world, and the events that were going on in the other world were fairly interesting once I worked out what was going on. I have to say that I was really surprised by the sex scenes in this book. They weren't erotic or anything, but I totally wasn't expecting them, and I'd suggest that this puts this book at the older end of the young adult age range. I was also quite surprised at the way the book ended. While some things that I hoped would happen did happen, there was also quite a shocking turn of events right at the end, and more questions still to be answered. Overall; a mature YA fantasy. 6.75 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
The Emerald Tablet was a nice young adult sci-fi adventure novel with a John-Carter-meets-Greek-Egyptian-civilization feel to it. I wasn't in love with it, as much as I wanted to, but it was still an okay read. The clash of Greek and Egyptian mythology made it hard for me to adjust in the beginning. I guess, it's just a bit weird for me to see two of the ancient civilization, living together in a single planet but after that, it all went well. Leoros was a really cool kid. I'm actually jealous of him because he has an archeologist mom and a scientist dad. He has a lot of adventure and experiences in foreign places before he even came to Potara and I think that gave him an advantage in coping with his new surrounding. Anyway, just like every other child of the prophecy, he has a big responsibility and a high expectation to maintain which often frustrates and pressures him. On the otherhand, I really thought Atlantia was the kid in the first chapter but unfortunately I was wrong. She was actually an oracle and she can talk to Athena (which I think is awesome because other than Artemis, Athena is my favorite Greek goddess). She's beside Leoros all the time and she helped him fulfill his prophecy. I really don't like the other characters. They're inconsistent and illogical. And as for the plot, there were a lot of things happening to it and to be honest, it was action-packed. But I guess, what's not working for me here and what stopped me from loving this book is the pacing of the story. I don't like it when the scenes in Potara, especially the exciting part, is being cut off just to show what is happening on Earth. I mean, I sort of understand the need of the author to show what is happening on both worlds and it adds a bit of cinematography to it but it didn't really work for me. That kind of pacing would only be effective if the level of excitement on both side is parallel in order to maintain the momentum of the story. But in this case, the progress is a bit fluctuating. Overall, it was nice book but it could have been better. I would recommend it to Greek and Egyptian Mythology fanatics and to those who like sci-fi adventure books.show more
by erleen
Read full review here: http://sarainbooklandblog.blogspot.it/2013/04/review-emerald-tablet-by-joshua.html The Emerald Tablet was a great fantasy book, full of action, well developed characters and interesting legends that will make you travel between several of the most amazing countries on Earth (and not only!) Starting from the very beginning, I can not avoid sharing with you my first impression: I immediately had a wrong sensation of this book, because as I started reading I really couldn't understand anything! There were way too many characters with strange names introduced from the beginning and I thought; this is going to be another book full of characters with unpronounceable names, that I should take notes of"; but as soon as the story got clearer I also realised that there were not as many characters as it seemed and I definitely became more relaxed but above all more passionated, in the story. Actually, I have to say that in the end maybe, the fact that there were several characters was probably one of the best aspects of the book, for at least three reasons: - I think that one of Joshua Silverman's best qualities is his ability in describing and developing characters progressively, and above all through their actions and through the choices they decided to take during their path. - The abundance of characters increased the tension and the suspence that revolved around the mystery of who the traitor was and the fact that there were so many suspects made the mystery even more intricate. The author, indeed, perfectly played with the relationships between them, creating an enjoyable web of intrigues and bonds that were really entertaining and interesting to discover. - It was absolutely perfect the way the author decided to describe the events, constantly changing point of view; apparently, it may seems like something enervating, but the change of the speaker was so harmonius with the narration that it doesn't create repetitions (as it usually happens) and just contributes to give us an idea of how each character was living that particular situation. It is evident that what I enjoyed most about this book is the attention the author paid to characters, and another aspect I really liked is how Joshua didn't hesitate in describing also harsh situations; speaking of which, a character that really surpised me in this sense, is Leoros' mother (the protagonist's mother) who really changes from night to day to save her son.. I guess when my mother told me "a mother would do anything for her children" she literally meant anything, didn't she? Talking about the framework, I think that Joshua's world was quite original, even if sometimes I didn't quite understand everything about the rules of the Priests of Amun, even if I am sure all the doubts will be clarified next; Potara was actually a great fantasy world, a mix between an ancient Egypt and a modern city like New York. Infact there were still the traditions and the religion of the ancient, but the characters often used very technological tools, just like cars and armours. Well, at least but not last, if there is something I should reproach to the author is, why such a rushed up ending? I expected the final battle between the antagonists and the protagonist to be a little more detailed and above all more tough to win, but on the contrary, there wasn't an actual battle and ... grrr I can't even express what I mean without giving out spoiler, and I really don't want to!show more
by Sara Viti
It seems like there have been a lot of mythology books and movies in the market recently. And The Emerald Tablet is but a new addition to that growing list. The Emerald Tablet is like reading a combination of the Percy Jackson series, Harry Potter and even parts of The Mummy movies all rolled into one but with a twist. It was interesting how the author added his own interests in comic books into the book. His research of the Greek and Egyptian myths is so extensive that sometimes he piles on too much information at certain parts of the book. Those bits made the reading process slower as you try to take in all the history involved. I found the cities interesting and fresh but lacking in substance and would have liked more depth and time to explore them. The only area that was properly developed was the Temple of Amun, which was truly a fantasy to live in. Being a story about Greek mythology, we are taken into the clouds and the world beyond. Those scenes were realistic and lovingly created. One of the strengths of this book lies in its characters, from the first turn of the page we are introduced to one of them, exactly who I cannot tell you for the sake of not spoiling the secret. The Emerald Tablet is full of complex characters and each battle with who they really are inside. All the characters are unique in their own way and really represent the thin balance between good and bad. The book touches on slavery and equality and how just having someone who has faith in you can make you so much stronger as a person. Everything is a matter of perspective. Unfortunately, I think that this book would have been stronger had it been edited better. Besides a number of various errors, some parts of the book did not flow smoothly for me. As someone who reads books practically word for word, I spotted quite a few too many errors for me to properly enjoy the book. There was quite a bit of repetition in the book as well, which to me was unnecessary as anyone reading the book would already know what was going on. The ending was a bit of an anti-climax with the characters facing uncertain futures. While I do believe that the author intends on bringing back some of the characters somehow, the way it was done fell short for me, leaving me wanting a glimpse of hope of their survival. A more dramatic ending would have been nicer but it seemed like the author just wanted to leave the story with a proper ending. It felt like this could actually be taken as a stand-alone book rather than it having a major cliffhanger which I prefer in a long book series. This book series could be a potential big budget mythological book-to-movie blockbuster that needs to have a few corners ironed out and some bits reinforced, but is almost there. I hope the author makes the rest of the series more concise and it could become quite a hit.show more
by Nikki Ooi
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