Book Review: The Soul of the World by Joshua Silverman

Okay, fans of Legends of Amun Ra series--it is time for book #2--The Soul of the World.  I liked the first book, The Emerald Tablet--so I was glad to review The Soul of the World.  What did I think of the latest book from author Joshua Silverman?

I received complimentary copies of this book and the first in the series for use in this review.  All opinions are my own.

Summary of The Soul of the World.  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.

The Soul of the World is a great combination of science fiction, mythology, and a little romance.   I enjoyed The Soul of the World more than The Emerald Tablet.  The second book flowed better for me and kept me interested in the various characters to the end.  The author does a great job blending science fiction--both on  Earth and Potara--with Greek and Roman mythology.  There is plenty of excitement and adventure throughout the book--and even a little romance thrown in now and again.

The Soul of the World holds a lot of battles--and not merely physical ones.  This book holds the expected good vs. evil struggles, and a great deal of action and adventure --but the characters also must battle themselves as they struggle to fulfill their individual destinies and fight for beliefs.

Would I recommend The Soul of the World?  This is a book that would appeal to science fiction fans, mythology lovers, and even to those of us who enjoy emotional good vs. evil stories.  I enjoyed the book and was sad when we reached the end with some loose ends.  I certainly will need to keep reading the series to see their characters continue their journeys.

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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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