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The Pandora Room

The Pandora Room, May 2019
by Christopher Golden

St. Martin's Press
320 pages
ISBN: 1250192102
EAN: 9781250192103
Kindle: B07CWQB3KS
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Pandora's Box is just a myth, right?"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Pandora Room
Christopher Golden

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted July 3, 2019

Thriller Arcane

We were first introduced to Ben Walker in ARARAT. He was lucky to survive that experience, only to once again have to face evil when he is sent to Northern Iraq where a jar has been found. A jar with a connection to the myth of Pandora's Box. But, that is what it is, right, just a myth? There can't be anything to the legend that the jar is cursed. Ben hardly has time to settle into his new assignment when they are attacked by enemies that are after the jar. And, now trapped in the subterranean city must they fight against enemies above as well as and something below with them...

I read ARARAT and found the book to be perfectly all right. THE PANDORA ROOM, however, is in my opinion far better. I felt much more invested in this story than the first book and I liked seeing Ben Walker and Kim Seong from the first book again. I think one of the reasons I liked this book so much is my love of Greek mythology. Also, trapping a lot of people in a subterranean city with enemies above and the fear of what the jar could do is really thrilling and chilling to read about. Who will survive this experience? You do not need to have read ARARAT to understand what is going on; Ben and Kim are the only ones who crossover from that book. While there are a few mentions of events from ARARAT, it does not hinder the plotline of this book, and will only make new readers eager to read it! 

THE PANDORA ROOM is a fast-paced, adventurous book and I had a blast reading it. The writing is great and now I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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When what appears to be the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient city, neighboring countries fight for ownership and unleash a terrible plague. The Pandora Room is New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s chilling exploration of what happens when the original Pandora's Box is discovered in an ancient subterranean city, stirring international conflict and exposing the archaeological team to curses, whispers, and the terror of a legendary plague. In one ancient variation on the myth of Pandora’s Box, there were two jars, one for Pandora and one for her sister, Anesidora. One contained all the blessings of the gods, the other all the world’s curses. Now, in a subterranean city in Northern Iraq, archaeologist Sophie Durand has discovered a secret chamber covered in writing that confirms that version of the tale—a chamber which contains a single jar. “Weird shit” expert Ben Walker joins Sophie’s team just as the mystery deepens and grows ugly. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar has been found in the Pandora Room, the one containing blessings, or the one full of curses. Governments rush to lay claim, but jihadi forces aren’t waiting for the dust to settle. Whatever the jar contains, they want it, no matter who they have to kill…or what will emerge when they open it. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb.

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