Book Description: In Egypt’s Western Desert lies the tomb of an unnamed pharaoh that hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it.
Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whoever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.
So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.
The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is my second Carolyn Arnold book that I have got to read for a review and I am glad that I got this opportunity. I am a huge ancient history buff so this book sounded right up my alley with some mystery, some historical fiction, and cool treasure finds of ancient Egypt! I have not read the first in the series, but you don’t need to have read it to understand what is going on. You get a nice quick background of Matthew Connor who is the character from the first novel and off into the story you go.

I like that the story basically takes off right away. You are lured in by this archaeological find of a map that is going to lead Alex to the Emerald Tablets and you are taken along on the adventure with them of unlocking the clues to the location of the tablets. Of course with any great treasure find there is some backstabbing along the way and crazy mishaps that happen, but it wouldn’t be an adventure without them!

I thought the characters were pretty good. I got a little annoyed with the weird love triangle thing because it was more like both women liked the guy and the guy liked both but he thought one didn’t and the one he thought didn’t wouldn’t tell him. I felt it took a little away from the storyline just didn’t seem necessary. I did route for the characters to find the Emerald Tablets and thought there was some funny parts thrown into the adventure that I liked. I pretty quickly guessed one of the bad guys and so that didn’t provide quite the surprise part, however I still liked how it came about and thought it was still a fun twist to the story.

The writing overall was good and the story had a good pace to it, there wasn’t way too much detail that you sometimes find in books that have history involved. I had a fun time reading the book and it kept me entertained up until the end. The ending was good, it tied up the story nicely.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5

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