Gardens of Ampheia by Joshua Silverman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm rating Gardens of Ampheia with 3.5 stars because I liked it a lot more than The Emerald Tablet. It read much better, both pacing- and writing-wise.
The Gardens of Ampheia is a companion novella to the Legends of Amun Ra series, which begins with The Emerald Tablet. Set about 7,000 years before events in The Emerald Tablet, Gardens tells the story of Thea, the daughter of a farmer, whose life is forever changed when a terrible accident happens. Having promised to lie about it (never a smart thing to do!) Thea is then coerced into testifying against an Egyptian thief, thereby setting into motion events that would impact all of Messenia.
I was quite absorbed into the whole story and did not expect the novella to be so short (duh!) so I was quite surprised when it ended, especially since it was a bit of a cliff-hanger, and right after an interesting revelation of Thea's origins!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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