by Joshua SilvermanThe 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.
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I had a hard time getting into book one of this series, so I was leery about reading book 2. But this book was so much better: we jump right into the action, and there is really no let-up after that.
The existing characters get amped up, the new ones are intriguing. . .okay, this is a great improvement.
I loved the inner struggle we see in Leoros. He has grown and developed in the two years since the end of book 1.
The setting, the tension and the changing points of view made this a compelling read. I'm ready to read book 3. Bring it on!