Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet

Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet

by Joshua Silverman


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ISBN-13: 9780985207038
Publisher: Enchanted Forest Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Seven thousand years ago they lived on Earth.  Egyptians were sent to Potara.  The legend  of the Emerald Tablet was told far and wide.  Two boys marked with the symbol would fight to determine Toth's future.       Modern day and Leoros is stuck in Egypt.  His mother is an NYU archaeologist. His father is a scientist.  Leoros is bored with travelling and in Egypt, he wants to go home to New York.  His mom, Camilla is looking for the Emerald Tablet. When she finds it, she gives it to Leoros.  Later that evening, the tablet begins to glow and lead Leoros to the digging site.  What happens next no one expected. Life for the three of them would change drastically.  Will they survive the changes though?      Extremely well written and highly entertaining, this book is sure to capture your attention from  page one.  I am one who is fascinated by Egypt and all it's legends and myths. This book filled in some things I didn't know.  You'll  be thrilled with the imagination and color in this book. I do recommend it to all. This isn't one that's specifically designed for young adults. Everyone will love something about this one.      I did find this one drags on in places.  It gets a bit long winded in spots but hang in there. The over all book is terrific.      I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the dragging and long winded parts.  ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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.
GHott More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest. I didn’t love it. I actually couldn’t get past the first chapter – not because it was bad, oh no, because it was so real. Most people will be invested in the book after reading the scene but I just couldn’t read further.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
No stars - DNF 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 there… 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.)
TheBookshelfRev More than 1 year ago
What intrigued me most about this book was the description and the adventure quality. It sounded so mythical and amazing at the same time. I have to admit that the beginning of this story was a little confusing but once you get into it and learn who the people are and what the land is about you can dive right into the action-packed adventure of the story. I really liked the different characters and the main premise of the book. Leoros was an amazing main character, he really stole the book from the other characters. I loved getting inside his head and learning about everything he was going through. The basic premise of the book is that Leoros is with his parents in Egypt and he goes through a pillar into another world, called Potara. On Potara, he learns that he is able to manipulate energy with his feelings. Who wouldn't want to be able to manipulate energy with your mind and be able to fight and do stuff with it. Then more craziness ensues, don't want to give anything away, and he has to go on an amazing journey to find himself and go up against the bad guys. The thing about this book is that it also has an evil and adult side. I wouldn't say it is 100% young adult, it is more grounded in fantasy, but if you can take some sexual scenes, violence and some talk about both of them then it is still a really great book and perfectly fine to read for the older young adults, not so much for the really young. I really also liked the evil and dark side to this book. The antagonists weren't really your average bad guys. You felt for the girls that had to do the bad things because that is how they were raised. This book really shows how people can become corrupt and power hungry very easily. The other thing I really loved was that this book doesn't just stay with the main character telling the story it jumps from character to character. I even loved that it tells the story of Leoros' parents when they find out he is missing. I really liked the struggle of good versus evil and the battle that came from the opposing sides. Joshua Silverman is a really good writer and knows how to tell a story from start to finish. He takes you on a ride through worlds and a variety of different characters to bring an amazing story to the page. I really can't wait to read more from Joshua Silverman. I really suggest reading this book if you love young adult but can stomach more of an adult theme for a younger genre novel. All of the characters really have depth and good backgrounds worked into their stories. I also really liked the young romance that happened and hopefully will blossom even more in the next book. I really can not wait to read the next installment of this series and to be able to delve back into the world. The one small complaint I have is that the story was a little bit long and could have ended earlier instead of having so much description and things going on in the beginning. I was very pleasantly surprised by all the twists and turns and I really suggest reading it to everyone that likes mythology, fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult. I really suggest picking up a copy, you really won't be disappointed. I loved reading every minute of it. =]
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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.
CathyatAddictedtobooks More than 1 year ago
First let me start off by saying that this is not my typical kind of read, but I'm so glad that the author gave me the opportunity to review this book because it was an adventure and a half that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. This sci-fi/fantasy adventure takes you from the past and mythological, to the present and even into the future all at the same time, while on two different planets. I especially loved the rich imagination and references to the Egyptian/Greek beliefs in Gods and prophecies that just made it more exciting for me as I love reading anything about that time period and learning more about ancient history. We meet Leoros who is in present day Egypt with his family while his mother is on an archeological dig looking for the emerald tablet, which she does end up finding and giving to her son along with a stone she finds lying next to the pillar. This pillar calls out to Leoros and he decides to answer the call as he is transported to another planet where they believe he will be the savior of their world. Hence begins the adventure Leoros has been waiting for as he is an avid sci-fi fan and definitely believes in being a hero. Here he meets Pythos and his students as they are training to become Priests of Amun. He also meets Atlantia who while being a servant he can't seem to pull away from her; they both feel a connection there that is apparent to even Pythos. The other trainees (Dio, Cadmus, Kesi and Kem) are very hesitant towards Leoros because they believe that they should receive more attention, but this new person comes in and Pythos seems to show a stronger preference towards Leoros. This of course causes a slight rift in the group of four that have been training since they were children. There is definitely a lot of mistrust and uncertainty about who Leoros is and what he can actually do. There are times when it seems they might get along, but still there is tension there and it grows throughout the book until it deteriorates because of certain actions that take place. The war is coming and Pythos knows it, with the Priests of Amun dying one by one it's only a matter of time before everything breaks loose. There are a group of events that happen, that have been planned for a very long time as King Osiris is back to take his power, he's left his exile and with the help of his daughters he's ready to take over completely. His daughters, while one was completely obvious the other was a surprise to many. Because of the events these two girls put into place the wheels have started turning, a war has begun and they have literally pit brother against brother. Good versus evil, who will win, what will become of Potora and will Leoros succeed. There are a lot of trials and tribulations that he goes through, especially when he finally meets Osiris face to face for the first time. There is unquestionably a lot of action in this book, and the adventure will make your head spin in a good way. The author did a really amazing job in describing the different locations, the myths, the legends and especially the different characters. Each character is represented thoroughly throughout the book, you get to know who they are and what they stand for and that is a rarity as usually in secondary characters you only get the gist of what they are about but Joshua Silverman has bought them to life and made them just as important as Leoros. I really enjoyed this rollercoaster of an adventure.
CharDixon More than 1 year ago
I started Legends of Amun Ra- The Emerald Tablet with high hopes. I have been interested in myths and legends, specifically Greek and Egyptian since I was a wee little one. This book sounded like it would mix some of my favorite old legends with a modern sci-fi twist. Joshua Silverman has created a concept that is very intriguing, playing on the whole Stargate idea of aliens and earth's history. The basic ideas behind the story are great. The execution is not quite as flawless. Let me start with the fact there are typos and other errors in the copy I received - which is an ebook. The formatting was off. There were lines of space in the middle of sentences for no reason and page breaks in incorrect places. This made it difficult to read. Occasionally some of the text almost appeared formatted for poetry - I hope that was unintentional as it made no sense. The choice of order for some of the chapters and how they were divided was confusing as well. I understand the need to provide exposition and back story - but it is not done in a very easily understandable manner. I can respect wanting to create mystery and questions that will be answered, but that needs to be tempered with making sure the reader can firmly grasp everything they need to enjoy and understand the rest of the story. And the one, for this book, semi-graphic sex scene at the beginning of chapter 2 seems like it comes from a completely different book. It felt ill-fitting the first time I read it and I understood why after finishing the book. It doesn't match with anything else in the book and what needed to be conveyed in that scene could have been provided in another way - much less awkwardly. The story itself is an interesting one. Leoros is an adolescent boy who has been dragged around the world by his archaeologist mom. It is on one such dig that Leoros manages to get himself transported to another planet via an Egyptian artifact. One thing I am still not clear on is how this other planet (and the moon that some people were banished to) fit into our timeline. At times it seemed as if the number of years talked about on Earth versus this other planet were not matching up. There are some very interesting characters and when I could force myself past the poor formatting and rather heavy handed writing I found myself being drawn into the story. Unfortunately I would be popped right back out when I had to pause to try to clarify some point by going back in the book or when there was no clarification or reason for something that I could find. Complicated interesting stories are great but they can't be so complicated as to be rendered almost incomprehensible. At times it felt almost as if too many ideas were being worked into one story. Egyptian mythology, magic, coming of age, space travel, saving the world, falling in love, rebelling against your parents, revenge, action - it is quite a bit for one story. Not to mention jumping back and forth between Earth, a far off planet and some moon and about 12 different story lines. The ending of this book really chapped my hide though. It was as if someone cut the power to the TV 10 minutes before end of a movie you had never seen or ripped out the last 10 pages of a book you had never read. It may seem like I am being really harsh and critical - and I am - but it is because there is some really great potential in there. Joshua Silverman needs a really firm editor to help focus his ideas and he could be creating something amazing. Someone to help him sift through and hone what is a potentially a really great story. All in all this is a book with great potential but that probably needed another round of editing before being released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
THE EMERALD TABLET is a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, adventure and mythology telling the story of Leoros, an Earth boy, who is prophesied to be the one to save the distant planet Potara. From the moment he steps through the Portal of Hermes, Leoros is challenged by his teacher Pythos, an Amun priest, and the other Gifted teenagers as he tries to understand his role in saving Potara. His only friend is a slave girl, Atlantia, and he clings to her in desperation against the loneliness he feels since leaving Earth. Can a 13-year-old Earth boy save Potara against an evil, the likes of which they have never seen in a thousand years? I was excited to read this book when I read the description, but the beginning introduced too many characters with too much exposition. It definitely bogged down the story. On top of that, the review copy I received was badly formatted with headers appearing in the middle of a page. It made a confusing book even more confusing.  The author clearly did his research into Egyptian mythology, but the story is difficult to get into. It's hard to know who the intended audience is - adult or YA - because of the horrific abuse scenes early on. The action doesn't pick up until the second half of the book when war breaks out. The ending of the book was unsatisfying. I understand that this is the first in a series of multiple books, but I won't be reading any more from this author.
LisaRayns More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Legends of Amun Ra - The Emerald Tablet because I’m a fan of Egyptian mythology so I was a little surprised to find sci/fi stirred into the mix. This book delivered plenty of mythology and much more. It’s a very in-depth story with several interesting characters and pov’s to give the reader a full spectrum experience. I loved the quote at the beginning and it just kept getting better!
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Joshua pens "The Emerald Tablet" in a plot filled with action, romance, mystical, spirituality, taking pieces from the fantasy, history and sci-fi genres. There are many characters involved that Joshua brings them to life and they are quite complex but I found it wasn't all that hard to decipher who is who. A nice old fashioned battle between good and evil where the real action actually starts somewhere towards the middle of the book and a must read for all. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book turned me off right away. I hated the opening and almost stopped reading it. I didn't find the story any better as it continued. Basically, this was not my type of book.
HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
The Emerald Tablet is unlike any other novel I've read... Starting off, the first freaking scene, you see a man strangling his 6 year old daughter just to get her to feel and bring out "hate" so she can bring her powers to the forefront. I'm pretty sure my eyes crossed a tad bit during this scene because you can tell the father is willing to do anything to get it out of her. Then you jump several years forward, then you jump again. I'm not going to lie, the first several chapters of the book after that first one just dragged by for me.... There's SOOOOOOO much detail that I ended up confused more times than one. I guess that can be expected since the author is practically building a whole world and setting the scene but I like when the reader is able to also expand on what the author is giving you. There's so much detail being given that a few times I was a tad frustrated because it was literally all laid out there for me. LoL Some people may prefer that. To each their own I guess. Haha. I think the writing style may have contributed a tad bit to my confused state sometimes. I had a difficult time during parts of the novel figuring out if I was reading past tense or present tense... Anyways, the characters, granted there are a lot of them, are really uniquely built. I had trouble at first deciphering which characters were which and keeping it all straight in my mind. The first half or so of the novel was kinda "ehh" for me; however, a little later on when everything begins to move a little faster, I started to become more attached to the characters and root for Leoros. I'm not quite sure what the target audience is supposed to be for this novel since the characters are really young for the most part but some of the things that happen in the novel are definitely not for younger readers... I'm confused but since I'm in my 20's, I was fine reading it... I just wouldn't stick YA in front of this novel... I feel like I'm starting to ramble a little bit and I guess that's because I'm not sure where to go next... I guess overall, I'd give this a solid 3 stars.... I'm kinda freaking out though because it's supposed to be book 1 of 7 = that's right SEVEN... that's a long run for a series and I've only seen it happen the right way a few times... other times it just drags on and on and on and on and... okay, you get the point. LoL
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
Freaking cool! That is how all books like this should start. I mean odd names, glowing pillars, emerald tablets, ancient mythology, cult-like cultures- what more could one ask for? I really enjoyed this book. It was well written. The plot was unique and original. The characters were well developed. I loved the character arcs. I felt like Josh really spent time getting to know his characters before he put his pen to paper. There were twists and turns and each step of the way you connected with the characters. Josh threw unexpected plot twists at you and made you want to keep reading. I love the beginning and by the end I wanted to get my hands on the next one and read until there was a complete end. Even my husband had to borrow this one... meaning he snuck off with it and hoarded it in the car until he had read it and got caught putting it back. He loved it too. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read for anyone looking for a new take on myths, adventure, action, alter-realities, and SO MUCH MORE! Pick it up today!!
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
This book is a mix of sci-fi/fantasy/adventure with a touch of romance. It also has Ancient Egyptian and Greek Mythology thrown in. Being a fan of mythology I enjoyed that plot element. However, I found the story to be confusing at first with the switching back and forth from different planet and all the characters that were introduced. I also felt that the action lagged at first because the characters spent too much time thinking and not enough doing. There's also some minor inconsistencies but they're not too distracting. About halfway through the book though the action picked up and I found myself more engrossed in the story and rooting for Leoros and his allies. The second half of the book made up for the minor issues I had with the first half. Overall I found the book to be an entertaining read. I also really liked the cover art.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet is a good, old-fashioned battle between good and evil fleshed out with great detail and vivid scenes! The reader is given fantasy, sci-fi, action, adventure, betrayal, Egyptian mythology, and even a little romance! All this from a DEBUT author, who obviously loves his craft, does his due diligence and is gifted with storytelling! I was not eased into the story, the opening pages are brutal, grabs you by the throat and squeezes, so to speak. The ending? I almost cried, I said to myself, "No. Way. Not. Fair." Between the beginning and the end we are introduced to a thirteen-year-old boy, who, thanks to his mother's anthropological work, is onsite at a dig where an ancient relic, reported to have mystical powers, is uncovered. The boy, Leoros, is catapulted into another world that is both ancient and futuristic. His life there collides and intersects with the lives of all he meets, some destined for greatness, some for infamy and treachery. Sometimes the lines are blurred between perceived good and evil. One thing for sure, the story Never. Lets. Up! The reading is straightforward, no mental translations needed, letting me sink deep enough into the story to be like a ghost in the room! I swear, I was there! The characters are many and memorable, each with their own varied personalities, strengths and weaknesses! They were real, believable! There isn't a wasted page from start to finish and the groundwork for future books in the series is well-laid! I want to know what happens to these characters and where their fates lead them, so I'm definitely looking forward to the next book...and trying to be patient about it!
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
This novel was a great mix of adventure, fantasy and science fiction. Lightly brutal in places, the plot twisted and turned to culminate  in a struggle between good and evil. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago