The Emerald Tablet (Legends of Amun Ra #1) by Joshua Silverman
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 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.
Paperback, First, 408 pages Published September 15th 2012 by Enchanted Forest Press
The book starts off giving the readers a lot of information. By getting several introductions to both characters, worlds, prophecies and magic practices. It is not introduced as info dumps, but rather jumping from different planets, and through time and space giving us peaks into each section as it's happening at the time.
From a girl getting beaten by her father to teach her "fear" to a young mother leaving her last born child with another for safety so they do not fall to the fate of the prophecy. And a young man who travels the world with his mother (an archaeologist) and discovering the The Emerald Tablet.
With the interweaving of several different characters at a time, their link to the prophecies. Either through Magic Wielding, Blood Relation or guiding and ruling over those who have the powers. It's a huge jumble of things to understand right off the bat before we jump into a more calming nature to the story as the characters lives develop. And as they being to travel through the different worlds and times to bring them all together.
for those of you that enjoy Epic saga's with complex worlds and characters of all ages, you may enjoy this one. There is a constant fast pacing to the story and never any down time as the story continues to jump from place to place. Magic, prophecies, battles all ensue with a plethora of references to comic books, video games, tv shows and Greek and Egyptian histories to help bind the story together.