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The Emerald Tablet

(Legends of Amun Ra #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Leoros 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
Paperback, First, 408 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by Enchanted Forest Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Don Brown
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Book Review: ‘Legends Of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet’ by Joshua Silverman
By Don Eugene Brown

In the first of a seven book series by Joshua Silverman, “Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet,” an ancient prophecy begins to unfold. It foretells of a war between two brothers that will determine the fate of a planet. Of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, this book by Joshua Silverman, Editor Geoff Bain, Enchanted Press, 2012, draws its greatness from ancient Egyptian and Grecian archeo
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars (XD)

“The one who bears the symbol of the Emerald Tablet will fight the one who bears the Heart of Gold to decide the fate of the world”.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

What can I say about “The Emerald Tablet”? Well, it was unique, no doubts about that.
At some moments it was a ‘meh’ read and at some others it was a fantastic read.
That’s why I’m not going to choose any number of stars and just explain what I liked and what I didn’t.

Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was asked to read this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman is a broad fantasy (this is the first of 7 books!) about a young boy who discovers the tablet on an expedition and realizes that his destiny is more amazing than he had ever imagined. He gets thrown into another time/planet/space dimension where he meets a mentor who teaches him how to use and hone his new magical powers, and how to become the hero he always was meant to become.

Joy H
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

The Emerald Tablet is a unique blend of fantasy, science fiction, and ancient history.

It takes place partly on modern Earth at an archeological site in the ancient Egyptian city of Siwa and partly on a distant planet called Potara, a futuristic world where society has learned to harness the elemental energy of the universe through preists schooled in the wisdom of the ancient Greek and Egyptian gods. Throughout the book, Greek and Egyptian mythology come into play, and you can tell Silverman ha
Elizabeth Towns
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet put me in the mind of Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel mixed with Journey to the Center of the Earth, the movie. This is the 1st book in a series, so there’s a lot of background information built in, which makes for some slowing down of the story line, yet there is a great story that unfolds once the pace picks up.
Leoros is the son of an archaeologist and a scientist, which intrigued me immediately. I’ve always wanted to go on an archaeological dig, so
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone over 15, anyone who wants to try sci-fi/fantasy
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 alm
Hong Witkamp
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok...this may sound odd but I never thought of myself as a big fan of fantasy/action/historical novels...until I read this book. The physical book itself was large, solid, and I was caught right away by the graphic on the cover. I seriously didn't think I would get so lost in it so quickly so I ventured to "skim" the first chapter. I must say that first chapter wowed me with excitement and I became so intrigued...I ended up with finishing it in less than three days. This book will hook you as it ...more
Despite the fact that The Emerald Tablet could have been polished a little more, the story itself is rather fun, if not a tad predictable to those who are frequent fantasy readers. It’s the basic good-vs-evil story with a few “chosen ones” and some evil guys who are so evil they are almost unbelievable. The final battle has a pretty obvious outcome. The ending is an obvious segue into book two. While I do get rather tired of good-vs-evil stories and chosen people and all that, Silverman’s unique ...more
Lisa Markson
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. The writer took a lot of time in building the worlds and settings in the story. As a reader I was able to visually see the scenery open up to me as if I was in the story. The development of the characters gave them a three dimensional feel. There were many different elements included in the story that would attract many different readers. Family, love, and loyalty was prominent throughout the entire book. Good and evil c
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"This is a crazy world.
We don't know if what we do in this lifetime makes a difference.
But, we keep doing the things we do because we believe in them.
That's what turns the tides of wars,
people believing in what they're fighting for.
It's all willpower.
Your mind and your heart will always be the key to victory;
never doubt that."
--Joshua Silverman, The Emerald Tablet

I am on a fantasy roll ya'll. AND I got a chance to delve back into the adult world with the first of seven books i
Faith (Geeky Zoo Girl)
Review also published on my blog StudentSpyglass

Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★
Readability: ★★★
Overall: ★★★
Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange for a review

The Emerald Tablet, to me, sounded a bit like Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles for adults – I sort of expected the same sort of plot, slightly more grown up writing and some adult characters. In reality, there’s a lot more to this! Violence, murder and a little bit of sex, this is much more than just a standard fantasy novel. Just don’t bu
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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‘The Emerald Tablet’ is a mixture of the fantasy and sci-fi genre, but in all honesty it cannot be simply described by those two genres. It’s mixed in with mythology, history, archaeology and even a bit of romance. The entire novel itself is absolutely epic, and for a number of reasons.

The main character, Leoros, sort of reminded me of Harry Potter in the first couple of books- innocent, a chosen one, confused etc. this being said, I d
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Emerald Tablet was a great fantasy book, full of action, well developed characters and interesting legends that will make you travel between several of the most amazing countries on Earth (and not only!) Starting from the very beginning, I can not avoid sharing with you my first impression: I immediately had a wrong sensation of this book, because as I started reading I really couldn't understand anything! There were way too many char
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a unique blend of history, science fiction, mystery, and action/adventure. I am not a history reader, but this book was done in such a way that it didn't feel at all like I was reading history, more like was reading a backdrop of history. It had more elements of sci-fi and fantasy than history. I loved that it was so full of action and adventure too. It really kept my attention and kept making me want to read on to see what was going to be the end result of everything the character ...more
Michael (The Bookshelf Review)
What intrigued me most about this book was the description. It sounds so mythical and amazing. 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 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 l ...more
Rae Ryans
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Emerald Tablet is a multi point-of-view, suspense driven mystery that delves into Greek and Egyptian mythology, with science fiction and fantasy twists. Phew. It’s not a fast paced read, but it’s not a slow read either. The pacing fits with most epic fantasy books, and like them, encompasses you into its world.

With all multi point of view novels, there isn’t necessarily a clear cut main character. You see the events of the present from different characters. I’ve always loved this point-of-vi
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Emerald Tablet is not the type of book I would typically read. Yet when the author contacted me about doing a review, I accepted after reading the synopsis. This book is part science fiction, part fantasy, and part adventure. I will admit, the first couple of chapters shocked me. The very first scene is one of horrific violence against a child, yet as the novel progresses you see that it is necessary to understand the development of some characters. It is essential to the novel. I decided to ...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first scene of this novel involves a father brutally choking his 6 year old daughter and asking her if she felt hate. I read the scene and just sat there shocked for a few minutes and then realized what a brilliant scene it was. In those few pages, Silverman shows up what we’re up against in this very complex and involved story. This man is going to do anything he has to do in the name of developing the powers of this little girl. Conversely we have an image of what this girl is going to gro ...more
Josie Epping
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy for an honest review.

Thank you Joshua Silverman for a wonderful story. A story that is cleverly written using the present, history and the mythology from Greece and Egypt.

A quote from the summary, "Leoros' world is turned upside down".

Not only Leoros world, but many others as well. I like how the story tells of more characters lives being affected in many different ways. Everyone having to make important choices in their lives. Characters coming to terms of reality and learn
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I tend to gravitate toward fantasy/action books, and I also have a deep love for history. After reading the synopsis of The Emerald Tablet, and seeing that it was Ancient History, I instantly knew I had to read it.

The book opens with a father choking his daughter and trying to get her to “feel the hate” within her. I was instantly sucked into the book and it never let go. I would find myself thinking about it throughout my day and couldn’t wait to get done work and read more.

As crazy as it soun
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you like history, sci fi and adventure, then this is a book for you!
Read how a boy Leoros is with his mother in Egypt, where she finds a tablet in a buried city. Leoros loves hero's super hero's and dreams to be one. when he decodes the ancient text he finds himself dragged into the a world far in a future.

He meets a old priest of Amun and later on Atlantia a girl who seen him in a vision (when she sleeps) and is seen as a slave in her world, but the priest and Leoros see more in her, she doe
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
YIKES! Page one- a father choking the life out of his 6 six old daughter, asking her if she knows hate and rage!! This book starts with a bang and never stops. It is a wonderful, gripping tale of good vs evil. The characters are charismatic and lifelike. (I think I felt hands on my neck while reading the opening lines!)

This book has it all, sci fi, fantasy, MYTHOLOGY (my favorite) and something to appeal to everyone.

The 'worlds' are somewhat difficult to follow, but once you get an understanding
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
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 complimentar
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Yes! This is the perfect combination of relationships and new,old, and another world. The characters are real and their emotions make this book fly by. I tried to put it down but was totally unsuccessful. Now I am left with that impatient for the next book in this series feeling and I was just finding my balance. Please get a move on Joshua.
Lisa Rayns
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Pat MacEwen
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, which has some very interesting ideas about ancient Egyptian culture and how those concepts wound up being syncretized with Greek beliefs of Ptolemy's time. The hero is a 13-year-old boy from Earth who discovers he can read the glyphs on the Pillar of Hermes his mother (an archaeologist) has discovered at a dig site in Egypt's Siwa Valley. He can also step through the pillar, which contains a portal, into another world where the Priests of Amun rule the City-State ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this one for review directly from the author. A fantasy/sci-fi with Egyptian and Greek mythology sounded right up my alley.

The book is loaded with a lot of different plot arcs and characters. The major characters are: Leoros (a 13 year old boy who has the markings of an ancient prophecy), Leoros’ parents Camilla and Alex (two adults living in the real world, Egypt on an archeology dig), Atlantia (a slave girl from the world of the prophecy), Kesi and her sister Shirin (two daughters o
Sarah Elizabeth
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
(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 f
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