Friday, May 31, 2013

REVIEW: The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman

Title: The Emerald Tablet
Series: Legends of Amun Ra #1
Author: Joshua Silverman
Published Date: September 15, 2012
Publisher: Enchanted Forest Press
Genre: Fantasy YA
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Rating: 3 stars

SynopsisLeoros doesn't have many friends. The son of a scientist and archaeologist, he is constantly on the move. But when his parents make a startling discovery in Egypt, Leoros' world is turned upside down.
When an archaeologist discovers the mythic Emerald Tablet buried beneath Egypt’s desert, her son decodes the ancient text leading him to a distant world.
On that world, a slave girl begins a journey towards a destiny she cannot imagine. But when an ancient foe rises from the ashes, they will be brought together by forces neither understands.
Leoros, who dreams of being like the heroes in the comic books, must fight to unlock the secrets of the universe to save a people he never knew existed.
Atlantia, whose bloody visions wake her in the night, senses the darkness coming.
Together they will face an enemy with the power of dark energy, lose a mentor to the assassin’s blade, and be betrayed by someone they trust. Their fight for the future is just beginning, and before it is over, a final sacrifice must be made. When the darkness comes, will they stand and fight or will they join it?
There is darkness in everyone.

Review: I'd like to thank Promotional Book Tours and the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story itself was great. The writing was good. I didn't feel very connected to the main characters of Leoros and Atlantia, feeling like he was kinda bleh, and she was a scaredy cat. The one scene that really showed how spineless she was, was when she had a nightmare, granted it was a bad nightmare, a really bad nightmare. But then she gets out of bed, gets in her vehicle and drives all the way over to where Leoros is to cuddle with him. That is called dependence, probably co-dependence, since he seems to be the same way with her.
The biggest issue I had with the book however is what detracted the most from the reading, and that was the formatting. There were a few times where there was such a break in the story line I had to go back and read the last page or two to make sure I didn't accidentally miss something. There was also no clue as to when there was a switch between planets, so I found myself catching myself and asking where I was. There were page numbers in the middle of pages, chapter numbers at the beginning of each page, and the cover image on every other page. As a reviewer this was extremely distracting for me. 

I'm hoping that the published for-sale ebook is not this way.

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