Tuesday 7 November 2023

Book Review: The Emerald Tablet by Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

The Emerald Tablet


Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication day: 25th June 2019
Series: Benedict Hitchens #2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 416
RRP: $29.99AU (trade paperback)
Source: Courtesy of the publisher

Review: The Emerald Tablet

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios, using her knowledge as an archaeologist and her time working in the Middle East, has written an atmospheric and riveting story centred around a race to find a mythical emerald tablet that holds the power to destroy mankind.

The Emerald Tablet is set in 1956 during a time of political upheaval in the Middle East as Britain, France and Israel fight over the rights to the Suez Canal.

Benedict Hitchens puts everything on the line as he follows the clues and deciphers the puzzle that presumes to lead to the final resting place of the Emerald Tablet.

The Emerald Tablet was a fabulous read, fast paced, full of twists and rich in danger. I enjoyed following Ben as he found the clues and deciphered each one to move on to the next clue. It was a race against time as the countries he crossed were in the midst of political turmoil and he also had an old foe to beat to the final prize. That is, if the Emerald Tablet is fact and not purely a myth!

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios evokes an astute sense of place and time with lots of history included and extracts from The London Times.

I loved everything about this story; the race, the twists, the suspense, the betrayals and I found it hard to put down as the story sped to the final conclusion.

My rating 4 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Content: a graphic sex scene
               torture scenes

You can read my review of The Honourable Thief (book #1) at this link:

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