- Published November 1st 2013 by Enchanted Forest Press
- Legends of Amun Ra, Book 2.
- I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Rating: 4/5
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.
Let me start off by saying, I would've given the book a 4.5/5 easily, but through no fault of the author's awesome writing skills or the great storyline, I had to read it in a double page format on PDF- which made me ABSOLUTELY insane! So .5 has been removed for that- if you picked up the book in print, you'd never experience my hardship, or if the file had been in a different format.... One day, I'd like to get the chance to read the book as it was meant to be read- in my hands where I can flip the pages and not get frustrated at the format and chaos of reading double page! Getting passed that.
I had the great pleasure of reading the first book in the series, The Emerald Tablet (check out the review here), and when I read the book I fell in love with the characters and the world Josh had created with the use of some really awesome mythology. I mean, not all books that people try to write that have mythology as a large base work out- ya know?
The Soul of the World does not disappoint in any form. It's another smash from Josh. Things are different this time around though. The world of the first book was full of discovery and wonder, there seems to be a deeper, darker aspect to this book. There is just so much going on and each of the characters that are presented show new sides- totally explainable because of all the things they've been through! There's a loss of innocence presented to the reader this time, and as the characters grow and learn you really see the difference between how the started out just one book ago to now.
Josh has done a great job at continuing the story. It doesn't really miss a beat. The pieces are filled in as you go and you come to understand how the world has turned upside down. His characters evolve with the story, they're not stuck in one mindset- you can see them change. It completely connects you to them, so if you aren't a fan of establishing a relationship with your characters, walk away now.
I can't wait to see what Josh comes out with next. There's also a short between the two books. You can find it on Amazon.
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.