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by Joshua Silverman
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 Amun Priests, rule from the golden throne of the Oracle’s Chair in the Hall of the Nine. Dio and Axios struggle to piece together a resistance worthy to challenge the ancient magic which resides in the Great Temple of Amun, and Leoros and Atlantia try to remain true to their hearts and their cause despite tragedy.
But when the Book of Breathings is discovered, the path to immortality is revealed. Leoros and Kem race to capture the Soul of the World unaware of the challenges awaiting them. This time, the gods themselves will intervene.
In a tale where boys become men and girls become women, where treachery and deception are around every corner, and where primeval mysticism finds its way back from the grave, victory is reserved for neither the good nor the evil, but the powerful.
When I heard that there would be a second book in this series, I fangirl squealed. I love reading books in a series because I know that the story isn’t going to end after the first 200 pages. You can check out my review of the first book in the series, The Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet. I love easily this story flows. I can really see the characters in this world. The words practically fly off the page in this exciting tale. The Soul of the World flows well from the the first book, two years in the future, and is chock full of adventure. I love these kinds of mythological books. Egyptian myth is a big favorite of mine and I think it is great to see what is going on in a dystopian environment.
The Soul of the World does not disappoint with character development. I love how well each character is described and how their personalities grow as the book progresses. That is why I really adore multi-character POV. I like what is going on in everyone’s head. While this book did not progress as fast as the first book, I think that it had great pacing. If you like adventure books mixed with a little intrigue thrown in with mythology, you will love The Soul of the World. Joshua Silverman is a great author and I hope to read many more of his books in the future. Especially if they have characters like Leoros. He has to face the consequences of his decision and he stands up and grows up throughout the book.