Wednesday, 10 July 2013

#bookreview: The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman

The Emerald Tablet (Legends of Amun Ra, #1)The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Being the odd one out in a foreign land isn't fun or easy, but Leoros, the son of a scientist and an archeologist, is somewhat used to it. When Leoros suddenly finds himself in an alternate universe, where he learns to channel spheres of blue and green power, he is finally appreciative of the very experiences he once hated, but now stands him in good stead to survive and maybe even become a hero. Atlantia, a slave girl who sees visions, soon becomes Leoros' friend and ally as they navigate the politics of the Priests of Amun and try save Potara.

The Emerald Tablet is a mix of Egyptian and Greek mythology and fantasy (I'd hesitate to say scifi; with the emphasis on enchanted items and powers, I'd place it more in the fantasy camp) that jumps between modern Egypt on Earth and Potara, the planet that Leoros' is called to by the Emerald Tablet.

To be honest, I don't really know where I stand in terms of liking/rating this book. On one hand, the plot is interesting enough, though the writing itself tended to be a little draggy and repetitive at certain places. It started off great and then it lapsed somewhere in the middle, and built up again at the end. There were passages and sometimes chapters that were solid, and there were those that left me with an "eh, what? Okay moving on..." feeling. Formatting in my e-reader was a problem - it looked like it was converted directly from the print version with no editing/consideration for e-book formatting.

I'm struggling between a two and a three, but I'm not liking it enough to say that "I like it" especially since it really did take me a whole month to read it (and not because I was really busy).

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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