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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    I knew the experience I had was this book was not new to me. And

    I knew the experience I had was this book was not new to me. And I was not really all that much surprised when I found out that Ross Lawhead is actually Stephen R. Lawhead's son--who's novel, The Skin Map, also had an interestingly complicated plot that needed more than half-minded reading.

    It can get easily confusing, what with the onslaught of terms and creatures, basically a whole new world underneath the surface we have come to know. Discovering what and how life in this world is like is an experience that you should discover for yourself, so I will not be divulging anything about it. All I can say is that, you really need to get into this novel with your undivided attention so as you can learn to appreciate the realms thereunder.

    The characters are also very interesting mostly for their imperfections. The idea of making them twenty-something young adults haunted by their past adventures into another realm, I think, was a more effective approach than if they would've started out as teenagers. Although not always easy to relate with (at least for me), I found it quite easy to sympathize with their plight/s.

    More than entertaining, this book is also a journey of adventure and discovery for me. I could not wait to get back and see what else there is for me to learn and discover.

    I got a free copy of this book to review from Booksneeze. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    The Realms Thereunder

    Hello, there! I've just received a new book from booksneeze, "The Realms Thereunder" by Ross Lawhead. Before I get started, however, I must say that I received this book for free from the booksneeze blogger program from the Thomas Nelson publishing company, and I am under no obligation to give this book a positive review. Everything I say is how I legitimately feel. Now, on with the show! This was a fairly good book, well written and the plot was formed well. However, a lot of the book felt to me to center around the fantastical, mythical side of things. And that is something that I generally don't like. The book was well written, however, and I'm trying to write an unbiased review. So I think that, all in all, it was a very good book. I shall give it a solid four out of five stars. I would honestly suggest this book to anyone who finds the unknown, science fictional realm interesting. I know of a few people in my life who would enjoy this book. In fact, I have a certain little brother who loves this kind of stuff, and I do believe that I've just acquired his birthday present. ?

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Packed with action, a Heart Pounding read.

    My Review: I have a feeling that Ross Lawhead will be the next big thing in the Christian Fantasy market. In The Realms Thereunder, Mr. Lawhead writes a heart-stopping tale of epic proportions, intricately woven, and overall masterfully done.


    I wasn't sure how much I would like it, because it is so different from what I would usually read. But being a huge fan of a Mr. Stephen R. Lawhead, and the fact that this is his son convinced me to give it a shot. And I certainly wasn't disappointed - far from it! I was blown away by the how well written and how well plotted it was. Yes sir, Mr. Ross Lawhead is one to watch out for.


    The book follows two characters, both very robustly written, Freya and Daniel. Now here's the twist, it follows them at two different times. The past and the present. Eight years before, Daniel and Freya got swept into an underground battle between good and evil, to save the underground kingdom of Nithergard. Now in the present time they are being hunted down by the same evil forces that they tried to defeat eight years ago. Occasionally this book reminded me of Narnia or Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the classic fairy tale, but all remixed and recharged in a whole new way. Oh, and this book has some pretty awesome knights! Just thought I'd add that :)


    My favorite character was Daniel, maybe because his (present day) adventure was easier to follow along with, whereas Freya's (present day) tale was really creepy.


    This book was pretty hard to put down and definitely had me returning to it throughout the day. I was a bit disappointed that the theme was more of a battle between good and evil, and not as distinctly Christian as I would prefer. But God was mentioned a few times, mostly indirectly, but it's obvious that Freya and Daniel are in a spiritual battle against the devil. I was a little put out with the book because it was over so soon, and because it ended with a cliffhanger of sorts. I feel like it was just the beginning, and the real adventure is coming in the next two books. And if the next two book were released already, I would be at the bookstore right now purchasing them.


    So overall, I would highly recommend this book for all you adventure lovers out there, and I have a feeling that this will be a hit with teen boys. My brother was eyeing this book, while I was reading it with devious intent (LOL). I think that fans of Stephen Lawhead, and action-adventure, fantasy fans, will really enjoy it. Just to warn you that some of the scenes were pretty violent, not to bad if you don't pause to think about it too long. I made that mistake. But this is a book that will captivate your attention and take you to epic dimensions in other worlds. Thanks!



    Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5.




    Thanks so much to Thomas Nelson Publishers (Booksneeze) for giving me this review copy free of charge in return for my honest review.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Fantasy, suspense, drama

    The British Isles is the setting for this beginning book of Ross Lawhead's new "Ancient Earth Trilogy." Freya and Daniel haven't had much contact with each other for the last few years, but circumstances have conspired to bring them together to fight evil once again. While Freya doesn't really want to get involved again, Daniel has been fighting all along. As they awaken two sleeping knights, Freya finds she can't say no and they all travel to Nidergeard. There is much for them to learn. At the same time, evil, unearthly creatures are showing up all over the place seemingly stalking Daniel and Freya. Why? What is the importance of these two young people? With the help of the knights and a policeman named Alex Simpson, Freya and Daniel work to free the world of the menace. Will they be able to save the world from this evil enemy?

    I really enjoyed this book and found that the story line and character development were very good. It is very involved in spots, but that makes the story more alive. The mythology helped fill out the story. The heroes and villains are very believable and I found myself wanting to yell warnings to the characters sometimes. I received my free copy from the Book Sneeze program and thank them so much. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Love it

    This is the first book of The Ancient Earth Trilogy by Ross Lawhead.

    First of all am not really a fan of fantasy fiction and I find that fantasy novel are hard to follow and relate to. What made me request this book was the synopsis sounded great. Well, am happy to say this book did not disappoints me.

    Initially, I find that it was rather hard to for to start reading this book as there are several stories being revealed simultaneously. It was rather confusing for me

    However, once I have grasps who is who in the story and what timeline the story being told, I found that it's a really exciting book to read. Still, I finds the constant flash back was a bit disturbing.

    The positive side is that there were a few unexpected twists in the story. I love that in a book.

    I found that the characters are well developed. It was really heart warming to see them showing concern for each other well being.

    Although this book is classified as Christian novel, am glad it's not preachy sort. In fact, there were a few instances where some crude language are spotted. In my opinion, this can't be help as that was what being called in that situation.

    After reading this Book 1, I hope to be able to read the other two books when they are published.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Cool Book

    On a school field trip Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds decide to go exploring when they find a vanishing arch. What they find is a room with a horn and two lifeless knights, but when Daniel blows the horn the knights suddenly awake and the arch disappears. They then realize that in order to return to England they must leave with the knights to their city, but when they reach the knights' city they discover that the city is under siege. They must help the knights stop the creatures from destroying the mythical world. They return to England after almost 3 months. 7 years later creatures from the mythical world are arising, something has gone wrong, Daniel and Freya are needed once more in The Realms Thereunder.

    I absolutely enjoyed this book, the story was definitely great. I can not wait for the second book to come out next year, there was only one thing I really didn't like about that book which was the fact that it did not have an actual ending, it was more a question mark, I guess the author did this on purpose so that the reader would get the next book to find out what happens. Most series are like that, but this one was different because it fills you in on everything that is happening, but then you wait for the climax to occur and that is where the book ends. Overall it was a great book though and I do recommend it to anyone who wants an interesting story, I rate it 4.5 stars.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    A Fantasy Adventure Of Good Versus Evil

    Ross Lawhead in his new book "The Realms Thereunder" Book One in The Ancient Earth Trilogy published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to the world of Nidergeard.

    There is a land beneath Great Britain where visitors do not go. While on a school trip both Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds were taken there and, in an effort to prevent the two worlds colliding the two are sent on a quest. Now eight years later it is happening again and both Daniel and Freya are needed to stop the mythical world from taking over ours.

    I think Ross Lawhead has done a great job of taking lots of old British mythology and weaving all of them into his novel. There is much to learn about Nidergeard and the sleeping knights who are there to protect it when the need arises. "The Realms Thereunder" is a fantasy adventure where the battle for good and evil has never been so important. The freedom of our world is as stake and we cannot afford to lose. This is a page turning thriller as the war of light against darkness rages. In these pages there is much to learn of mythology and, I think, Mr. Lawhead has taught us well. I recommend this book highly!

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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