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The Soul of the World

(Legends of Amun Ra #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 1st , 375 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Enchanted Forest Press
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Melissa Haggerty
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed the first book in this series and had some issues with it. I enjoyed it but struggled with certain elements. I think, because of that, I started The Soul of the World with caution. Now I cannot remember what I struggled with in the first book. The Soul of the World blew it out of the water. I was immediately interested and hungry to find out more. The story line flowed wonderfully, the descriptions were vivid, and the characters were still amazing.

I found the characters easier to foll
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the first sentence, “If we survive this,” Shirin whispered, “I’ll kill them all.”- the tension and tone is set for The Soul of the World, book two in The Legends of Amun Ra series by Joshua Silverman. Perhaps this is his signature opening, as book one of the series, The Emerald Tablet opened full throttle, also. The battle between the forces of good and evil continue to be waged on Potara, as Kem sits on the throne of Thoth, after having forced young Leoros from Earth to make a heart-breaki ...more
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying, I would've given the book a 4.5/5 easily, but through no fault of the author's awesome writing skills or the great storyline, I had to read it in a double page format on PDF- which made me ABSOLUTELY insane! So .5 has been removed for that- if you picked up the book in print, you'd never experience my hardship, or if the file had been in a different format.... One day, I'd like to get the chance to read the book as it was meant to be read- in my hands where I can flip ...more
Joy H
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Soul of the World is a good second book in the Legends of Amun Ra
Series. It picks up where The Emerald Tablet left off and follows the
characters as they deal with the aftermath of the events in Book 1.
Leoros is trapped on earth, far from his best friend and new love
Atlantia, struggling to deal with the death of his parents. Atlantia
is alone on Potara, running from a dark new group of villains
introduced by Silverman, The Brotherhood of the Black Rose. Masters of
chaos and black energy, the brother
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jen recommended I read this book because she enjoyed the series and knows I love mythology too. I agree with a lot of the reviews, the second book was a lot smoother than the first. I loved this story, the premise of the ancient gods trying to rise and the most powerful, not worthy, will triumph. The descriptions were so vivid at times I felt like I was watching a tv show, not reading a book. Following each characters path in the aftermath of the first book was heartbreaking and inspiring at the ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Anna Tan
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy
The Soul of the World picks up two years after the events in The Emerald Tablet. Leoros is stuck on earth, trying to get back to Potara and at the same time convince everyone that he is not insane. Kem rules Potara with Shirin by his side and have declared both Atlantia and Dio traitors. Atlantia still searches for the elusive Leukos. Dio is a depressed drunk and Axios is caught up in the resistance. Then the Brotherhood of the Black Rose enter the scene, offering Kem immortality, and the stakes ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books, fantasy
After reading The Legends of Amun-Ra: The Emerald Tablet a few months ago, I was curious about the next book, but not excessively so. I enjoyed the story well enough, but I had a few issues with the writing. I'm thrilled to say that the second book in the series is both better written and better edited. (How's that for an awkward sentence?) And after reading the second book, I am anxiously awaiting book number 3.

The series is a fantasy story depicting - what else? - the battle between good and e
Book 2 in the Legends of Amun Ra series picks up a few years after Book 1 ends. The characters we got to know on Potara have aged under the rule of Kem and Shirin. Meanwhile, Leoros back on Earth has spent considerable time trying to find his way back to Potara, often at personal cost. In large part, Book 2 is about development of the main characters we met in Book 1. Much of the action takes place off-screen, with the exception of a few skirmishes and the final battle. In contrast, Book 1 had a ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was conflicted about what rating I was going to give this book. See, I had a bit of a struggle with the book from the get. Not only have I not read the first book (which is not needed unless you are me) but it was so hard to try and get into. I struggled through the first 50 or so pages and I put it down and walked away and came back to it a good two or three times. That's not to say that the book was bad. I just had a hard time sitting still long enough to really get into the meat of the stor ...more
Elizabeth Towns
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Joshua Silverman starts the second book in his mythical series in the same fashion as the first - full throttle action. If you read the first book (you can see my review here), you'll remember all of the back story provided, and the vivid parallel universe Silverman created. Even if you didn't you can still read The Soul of The World and be engrossed! It's exactly like I thought it would be - the first book gives you plenty of information to make you knowledgeable about this other world - Potara ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read the first book in this series called The Emerald Tablet, and I did struggle a little with getting into it. I then was given the opportunity to review The Soul Of The World. I did go into this one a little leery about whether I was going to enjoy it or not because of the first book, but I did give it a shot. I absolutely loved this book even with all my doubts. This book went along quickly and I found myself devouring the storyline as if I had never had a problem with the first book a ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of Soul of the World to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed The Emerald Tablet, the first book in the series, so I was pretty excited to check out Soul of the World. I have to say, Silverman really did a fantastic job in the second part! The writing is a lot tighter and the character development is even stronger than in the first book. The book picks up about two years after the end of Emerald Tablet. It begins with Shirin vowing to “k
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is book 2 in the Legends of Amun Ra series. It’s been two years since Leoros left Potara. He’s now stuck on Earth; an orphan who everyone thinks is insane. He’s desperate to return to Potara, he has no idea how to return, what he needs is in Egypt and he’s in Manhattan with no money and no one he can trust.

Unbeknownst to Leoros, Kem survived the battle with him. He has joined forces with Shirin on his quest for power and
Kahlan Ng
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book 2 of the Legends of Amun Ra series starts mysterious, turns a bit slow in the middle, but ends with a bang. I wasn't 100% thrilled with the cliffhanger in this installment, but there were so many other things I loved about this book, I wouldn't pay that too much attention.

First thing's first. I'm so glad you made the switch to past tense. The writing flows way more smoothly than the first book, The Emerald Tablet. Second, the point-of-view structure changed as well. In the first book, it wa
S.M. Blooding
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’d been told I should really read the first book before reading the second. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the first one. There were nuances of word-smithing and story structure that were just annoying me. I’m on deadline. Big time. So my frustration fuse is a bit short. Okay, shorter than normal. It’s the reason I haven’t volunteered to do a lot of reviews this month.

I was on the tour for reviews of the second book, so I decided to just pick it up and be done with it. The second
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy for an honest review

4½ stars.. A very enjoyable second book to the Legends of Amun Ra series.

It took me awhile to read this second book. It wasn't because of the story but because, well life happens. My computer problems, eye problems, the two page format given to me and work.....It took me a bit longer to read. With that said....

I really enjoyed this world that Joshua Silverman has created. This world with both the Greek and Egyptian mythology is wonderfully written. The main
Cassandra Langley
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
While I was slightly disappointed with the first book of this series, I decided to give the second book a chance and I am glad I did. I found the writing to have improved significantly between the two and the second book was much easier for me to follow. Since this was a major downside for me in the first book, it is understandable that I appreciated this book more.

The entertainment value of this book was about on the same level as the first book. Definitely some interesting story telling and a
Stacey Blake
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series. I would recommend reading the first book prior to reading this one as is lays the groundwork for what happens in this one. I was happy to see that the writing/editing was much easier for me to follow in this one. The author labels chapters with the characters’ names which lets you know up front who you are reading about and where you are.
This book is full of action. We are in the midst of an uprising and this book does not disappoint with vivid scene descri
Olivia Hardin
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great sequel to the first book, The Emerald Tablet. Silverman tells an exciting story full of mysticism, fantasy and Eqyptology. The story in book 1 was well worth the read, but I admitted in my review of that book that the writing struggled a bit. I have difficulty reading present tense and so that took some of my enjoyment in the first book. Still, this second volume is a drastic change for the better. If you haven’t read the first book, I’d definitely recommend picking it up first ...more
Tricia Kristufek
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Think positive thoughts, Leoros. Think about Atlantia. Don't let the fear, the hate, in.

The Soul of the World picks up two years after The Emerald Tablet left off. The action kicks into high gear as a race for knowledge and power leaves no time for catching of breath. Leoros must find a way to get back to Atlantia, and stop the Brotherhood of the Black Rose from destroying Potara -- but how?

The cast of characters returns to face the next challenges of fulfilling the prophecy. Leoros and Atlantia
Rae Ryans
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've tried to remove any spoilers.
The story pushes forward, two years into the aftermath of book one. Good or bad, none of them have it easy and there's quite a bit of conflict. As this is also multi person POV, we get an in-depth view into their turmoil. Because of the cast style of this fantasy, I'll highlight one.

My personal favorite is Leoros and it continued into the second book. He's back on Earth and struggling to find his way back to Atlantia. He made a tough choice in the first book an
Bryan Taylor
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading The Emerald Tablet with its Shakespearian ending, I was wondering in what direction the next book would head, so I was happy to finally get the sequel, Soul of the World.
The story takes place two years after The Emerald Tablet, Leoros is back on Earth, wanting to get back to Potara and to Atlantia, who is now marked as a rebel by Kem and Shirin who now rule Potara. You know Leoros will get back to Potara, you just wonder how.
With the second book, you can see elements in the writin
Tawdra Kandle
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second in the series, and I do think you would benefit from reading book one first. It takes place two years after the end of THE EMERALD TABLET. And although it is not really my preferred genre--being sci fi/fantasy--I have to admit I was surprised that I enjoyed it.

The flow and pacing of this book are much better than that of the first one, plus there is the added benefit of familiarity with the characters. The author introduces a few new faces, keeping the reader’s interest.
Lisa Markson
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. when I saw that there was going to be a second book I was excited. I loved how the author is able to tell a great story. He continues seamlessly from book 1 to book 2. The battle continues between goid snd evil and the author captures the reader with very intricate details. He wants you to imagine bring right there in the story as if it was happening directly to you. The author never disappoints the readers ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
The Soul of the World is the second book in the Legends of Amun Ra series and I found it to be more captivating than the first book, The Emerald Tablet, which I also enjoyed and recommend reading.

The Soul of the World picks up right where The Emerald Tablet leaves off without skipping a beat. The war of Good versus Evil rages on keeping the story fast paced and intense. Myths and legends continue to be a main theme and the author artfully expresses his knowledge of Greek Mythology. This is one o
Amanda Evans
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An amazing follow up to book one. It flowed really well and the descriptions and characters were flawless. There is plenty of tension and the battle between good and evil continues. I enjoyed how the characters got their own chapters as I got to know them better. There is plenty of adventure and some mythology thrown in too which I really enjoyed. This second book really doesn't disappoint and there is so much going on that you will feel yourself being drawn into the action and becoming the char ...more
Jen Rattie
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend reading the first book in the series, read my review my blog The Crafty Cauldron. I actually enjoyed this book way more than the first. It has a whole different feel and the writing and flow of the story was fantastic. Since I am obsessed with mythology and sci-if these books are right up my alley. Leoros is back on Earth and the battle of good and evil still ensues. Choices he made in the first book still haunt him. A few new characters are introduced and the multi-POV is sti ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Clearly Joshua has heard his audience and provided us with a better view of Potara. He also gave more personality to Dios, Atlantia and other characters. While Leoros struggles back home and is trying to get back to Potara, things in the latter world is not going well for friends of Leoros.
The cover is as interesting as the first one, and I should say that even the title fits the story well. Details are covered, cliffhangers hanging (another cliche wouldn't hurt).
5 stars and I await Leoros' figh
Rabid Readers Reviews
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Leoros is back and rather than tossing us into two years later with characters in a closet waiting for our return, Silverman has developed and grown his already strong cast. The writing style of “The Soul of the World” is vastly improved from “The Emerald Tablet” which I thought a 5 star novel. Backstories and exposition are out of the way so its time for action and Silverman writes action beautifully. From the moment we step into his world, there’s an urgency and complexity that will compel you ...more
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