The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

by Ross Lawhead
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markn12 More than 1 year ago
The first book of the Ancient Earth trilogy, The Realms Thereunder, is also author Ross Lawhead's debut novel. It creates a well-thought out plot that alternates between two worlds, the world of present day Oxford and the timeless realm existing under the earth. His protagonists, the drifter Daniel Tully and the OCD student Freya Reynolds are on a quest to discover the source of the increasing evil that is manifesting itself in horrible and unsettling ways. Though comparison with Lawhead's father, author Stephen Lawhead is inevitable, one should try to read Realms for its own merits, which are many. A well-written and engaging read full of dark alleys, evil and malignant creatures, memorable characters and travel between alternate realities, it maintains a good pace and enough interest to hold this inveterate and opinionated reader of good fantasy captive. The Realms Thereunder is a blend of ancient and modern day England and draws heavily from the country's rich store of history and myth, creating a compelling landscape across which the author spreads his story of interweaving realities. For an exciting distraction from your own reality, I would heartily recommend this book.
BookishLad More than 1 year ago
A stonking good story! Original and Slightly more sophisticated (and somewhat more complicated) than most run-o-the-mill stuff out there. Lawhead employs a fine sense of observation, backed up by a real feel for Old English history and legends to create a unique and original fantasy rooted in the age of Alfred the Great. The result is refreshing and interesting and, at times, very touching. What fun! Bring on Book 2! I'm a fan
The_Observer More than 1 year ago
When I got The Realms Thereunder, I read the first page and it didn't click. To be honest - I am not sure what was wrong with me at that moment. When I picked up the book again, not only I've read the first page - I could not put the book down! Reading late into the night, reading at lunch with my co-workers watching me (because we have a little kitchen and one table...), reading on my way to work... Well, you get the idea. Past and present are ingeniously entwined into a tale that can be easily placed on the same shelf as the Chronicles of Narnia, Skin Map, and Inkheart. Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds, former classmates and fellow adventurers, have to embrace their past experience and once again journey into the unknown to help the world survive against the evil that is rising. Daniel is full of anticipation, Freya is full of fear, yet together they make a great team. The plot is packed with action and yet Ross weaves a story-line that includes philosophical and theological discussions about the battles familiar to each and every one. "People can go anywhere," Swiðgar said. "But are they where they want to be?" Sometimes it takes something supernatural to get us thinking about the real reality of life. In our busyness of life, do we pay attention to what we have or simply take everything for granted? Do we really need to be transplanted into another world to see what we've got? I highly recommend this book to all those who like to plunge into the unknown reality of other worlds that exist right here next to us. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Ross Lawhead has taken his first step in fulfilling a fantasy-genre fictional based storyline that I will no doubt have to read the next book called The Fearful Gates according to the advertisement at the conclusion of this book, even though his blog site states that The Hero's Throne is book 2 so on that part I am a bit unclear which will come out first. In The Realms Thereunder, the first book in the Ancient Earth series, he has a great storyline that you can relate to regarding a secret history of England and the sleeping Knights who protect the realms of ancient Earth before, during and after of any evil doing. I found myself immersed in this book for the first few chapters. I found the characters of Freya and Daniel to be compelling and well written. However, after the first 4 to 5 chapters I found myself being confused on the storyline where Freya is once in a chapter with Daniel and 2 other knights, then is all of a sudden pregnant and has a different story line altogether. I found myself disconnected with how it switched from past to present, one realm to a different realm and one story to another very distracting! I found myself being very confused between which part of the story line I was at and had to skip either back or forward to find myself figuring out where I should be. Better time frame negotiation and chapter development should be given to better straighten out the story as most readers I feel would be very confused in this book. I feel like Ross who although has a great storyline, needs to define the chapters and stories within stories to better give understanding of where each character is at. I think that while he definitely has a great premise for storytelling, I was let down on many occasions trying to figure out where the characters were going or coming from. Chapter formatting and development needs to be well written and chronological instead of fragmented the way this book is structurally put together haphazardly.Now don't get my wrong, some readers may love the way this book is written but since I process my thoughts logically, I found myself getting lost in what was happening several times through this book and had to go back and re-read sections to see where I might have missed something. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars for The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead. For Ross’s first book however, he has a strong writing ability that will hopefully bring more fluidity and structure to his next series of books to come. It's also difficult to not be compared to your father's books and writing styles when you are just starting out as an author. Yet he has been published and I am quite confident that his books will only get better as he continues to write. I received this book compliments of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy for my honest review.
A_Wordsmith More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have long been fans of Stephen Lawhead. So when I saw that his son Ross was releasing a debut novel, I couldn¿t wait to get my hands on an advance reading copy. The Realms Thereunder is the first book in what is planned as the Ancient Earth Trilogy (Thomas Nelson, 2011; ISBN 978-1-59554-909-0). In all fairness, I have to preface this review by saying that I wasn¿t always a fan Stephen¿I never could get into the Dragon King trilogy. Truth be told, I tend to favor his historical fiction more than his sci-fi and fantasy. But Stephen¿s writing got better as he matured, and I hope the same will be true of his son. Lovers of Middle Earth, pay heed. The portions of The Realms Thereunder that are set in the fantasy world of ¿ancient earth¿ seem very much patterned after Tolkien¿s imaginary world. When Lawhead describes elves, gnomes, trolls, changelings, and other magical creatures, as well as the underground world of Niðergeard, I can almost see the Lord of the Rings movies playing in my head. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, so it¿s pretty obvious who the author reads and admires. The story starts slow and centers around two main characters. Freya is a student at Oxford University; Daniel lives on the streets of Oxford and does his best to survive. Seemingly opposites, the two are linked by a childhood secret that stems from their mysterious disappearance years before. Readers discover where the children disappeared to in the ¿Before¿ sections. Everything begins in a cathedral archway and then things get complicated. The pair awaken sleeping knights, meet an ancient wizard, and set out on a quest to defeat the forces of evil. Since returning to this world, Freya has been trying to convince herself that it never happened; Daniel has spent his years trying to return to Niðergeard. The two find themselves in serious danger once again when Daniel is pulled off to Elfland and Freya is held captive within her own mind (I have to say, this story element reminded me a bit of something out of a Charles Williams novel). The action does pick up a bit near the end, but then the book Another element to the story, which I believe will prove to set up the next two books in the trilogy, is the character of Alex Simpson. Alex is an interesting bloke who fights against the forces of darkness with a sword¿a really big sword. Much like special forces or black ops, he spends most of this book hunting dragons in the Scottish highlands before coming to the aid of the two protagonists. I¿ll be interested to see where Lawhead takes Alex¿for some reason, my mind conjures images of St. George meets the Highlander. Overall, I like the concept of this story. Much of Ross¿s Celtic mythology echoes that of his father. In reality, however, the back and forth between ¿Before¿ and ¿Now¿ was confusing, as were the shifts between Oxford and the Scottish Highlands. Being that this is a trilogy, Lawhead has two more books in which to make all of this clear for readers. I, for one, am game to keep reading and find out where the story takes us.
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wondervoyage More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for mystical portals. Trans-dimensional gateways, secret entrances, and other-worldy thresholds draw me like a nerd to Star Wars. The Realms Thereunder is full of hidden doorways to fantastic worlds. Though this is his freshman work, Ross has the imagination and the ability to pull you into a tale like a seasoned author. He gradually reveals a legendary existence that sits just below the surface of the 'real' world. The story follows unlikely, albeit flawed, heroes drawn together by an Unseen Hand. The first chapter had me wanting more and that desire grew as I entered deeper into the book. I found it easy to get lost in the Realms Thereunder, which is the key characteristic of a potent story. The Realms Thereunder becomes a mystical portal that allows you to leave this world for a little while and travel to magical places. If there is any criticism in the book it comes in the flow of the narrative. I feel like there were portions of the book Ross was in love with and it shows in his writing. But a few small sections felt labored, almost like Ross didn't quite know what to do with his characters. Being a UK citizen Ross does know his Great Britain folklore but he may be trying to put to many mythical beings in the novels 374 pages. In reality, I'd rather have too many dragons, trolls and gnomes rather than not enough. I look forward to book two, The Fearful Gates, due out in 2012. I am thrilled to say that another Lawhead has entered my bookshelves. I hope he writes many more novels so that he has a shelf in my office all to himself.
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
The Story: Where were you 8 years ago? Where are you now? How did the events 8 years ago effect where you are now? Where you in a church with your school group and a door opened in the back of the sanctuary? A magic door. It lead to a cave where you were met by two knights from the days of King Arthur. They speak a strange and foreign tongue that somehow you understand. This is what happened to Freya Reynolds and Daniel Tully 8 years ago and they are still living with the effects. Daniel as a homeless man is fighting an evil only he knows exists and Freya (diagnosed with OCD) is studying myths. They haven't seen each other since then... until now. When they stumble across each other, they come to a hard conclusion. My Thoughts: This book was unique. But, I found it to be lacking in come places. The whole jumping from one time to another is kind of hard to read. Each chapter has a "8 years ago" part and a "now" part. Swapping back before between these two really slowed the pace of the reading. That and the very different names and unique plot, made it a slow read. There was nothing terribly offensive in this book, but I am giving it a 3 because I don't think I would really recommend it to someone or re-read it. HOWEVER, this might change when the sequel comes out in 2012. Maybe it'll get better. I'll let you know!!! Score ~ ??? Violence ~ 2 Indecency ~ None Language ~ 1 Age Appropriateness ~ 12 and above
IvyLeaf13 More than 1 year ago
Well I have spent a lot more time then usual reading this book by Ross Lawhead. This is a book I got for free threw Booksneeze. When I read about this book coming out I was super excited and couldn't wait for the book to arrive in the mail. I started it right away and after the first chapter I slowed down. The Idea of the book is wonderful but it is not written out very well at all. This story is about two young kids that go exploring during a school field trip and get lost. Very lost, in fact they don't show up again for years. they find a room with enchanted knight's and go off on an adventure to save another world. sounds wonderful but the book is difficult to get threw. It jumps from present to past and never really lets you know when that is happening. Some chapter's begin in the future and end in the past. The story takes a long time to get to where it can possible make sense, pretty much the end of the book is where everything starts to click. I would say that the Author spent way to much time trying to help draw a picture in my head. There was sooooooo much detail about locations and not the story. I would give this book two stars our of five.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
Eight years ago thirteen-year-olds Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds disappeared while on a class trip to a church in Abbingdon in the British Midlands. Months later they returned home, but the teenagers kept quiet about what really happened to them. Fast forward to the present time, Daniel Tully is living on the streets of Oxford and is being stalked by a wraithlike creature with sharp teeth, and he kills the creature. He's been keeping track of the reports of maimed animals and many suicides that have occurred around a particular mountain in Scotland. He worries that his worst fears have come true. Freya Reynolds has been living with OCD while she attends college. She has become obsessed with mystical creatures and folklores. Soon she is reunited with her childhood friend, Daniel, and they both must return to the mystical world, a hidden city underground. A war is coming against an enemy the world has never seen. With the help of a Scottish police officer, Alex Simpson, they must confront their past in order the defeat the upcoming evil. Knights, crazy creatures, and hidden cities are what you'll find in this full-length novel by Ross Lawhead. Don't let the fact that the book is considered Christian pull you away from reading this book. I don't read much fantasy, but I couldn't put the book down. The main characters, Daniel and Freya, will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading. With all the vampires, witches, and werewolves novels coming out every month, it is nice to read an original, creative novel. Do you know what is great? This is only book one of the Ancient Earth Trilogy. I can't wait for the sequel to come out next year.
bookhimdanno More than 1 year ago
This is a long book that could have been shorter and still told the story had the author done less descriptions. I found his descriptions to be distracting from the actual telling of the story. The characters were interesting and varied and the story was good, but the flow was interrupted constantly by descriptors. I didn't really care how everything looked and what color the walls were as much as I cared if Daniel and Freya were going to make it out of the tunnels and back to the safety of home. I realize that fantasy is full of strange names, places and events and that I expected. I enjoyed the story, but found the way it switched from past to present and between reality and fantasy a bit difficult to follow at times. This is the first in a series and so the ending is not the ending. This author weaves a world below our own that is interesting and multi-faceted. Good and evil fight for a foot hold in that world so they can take over ours. I think that I enjoyed the story more when I would skip the large amount of description and pick up on the story and the character interactions. This book is a good one, I just would prefer less filler and more guts. 4 stars for the story, 2 stars for the descriptions so a 3 star review total.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Underground. That is where an evil city has slept from the dawn of time. Just waiting for the opportunity to snatch unsuspecting people from the country above it. When two children, Daniel and Freya, disappear during a field trip, they are taken to the odd world, filled with mystery, intrigue, evil, and darkness. Eight years pass, and they are forced once again to return to the world they once thought they had conquered. Will they win? Only time will tell. But until it does, they will have to fight for their lives, and against their evil opponents. I disliked this book. While it was an interesting thought for a book, it was not well executed. It was disjointed, and extremely difficult to understand. They would go forward, then back then forward then forward some more, extremely confusing. When I requested this book, I thought it would be a nice Christian fantasy book, however I saw very few mentions of God, if there are any at all. Not only this, but the book itself was terrifically depressing. Who was evil and who was good? The lines were blurred. Overall, this book was a confusing read that was dark, depressing, and overall, dreadful. This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
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!
smallkucing More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves 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."
PaulaDS More than 1 year ago
The Realms Thereunder is the first book in a new trilogy, The Ancient Earth, written by Ross Lawhead. The story is about Daniel Tully, and Freya Reynolds when they were thirteen years old they went missing on a class trip to a church in Abbingdon in the British Midlands. After 72 days of being missing they were found near Kilmarnock, in East Ayreshire, Scotland. No one knows what really happen to them when they went missing, only they do. They found themselves in a world that few know is real and since then they kept it a secret. Now, eight years later they've moved on from that and gone their separate ways. Freya is a university student with an obsession with myths and folklore. Daniel, a homeless wanderer, plunge back into a renewed crusade in Nidergeard, the city in the mystical realm. But now, it is time they come together because the mythical world is colliding with their world. With the help of Alex Simpson, a Scottish police officer who specializes in hunting mythical creatures, they must help each other defeat the evil that threats the peace. The only way to truly do so is find the army of knights again, who have been asleep for over a thousand years. The story is told from two perspectives: eight years ago when they were children and now when they are adults. At first it took me a few chapters to get use to the jumps but once you do it's easier to put everything together and understand the importance of their past and the present. That's pretty much the only thing that bother me but other then that I enjoyed the book. I love fantasy, mythology and adventure stories and this is the first time I've read something that contain British folklore. I reviewed this book as part of the booksneeze blogger book review program and received a free copy of the book for my honest review.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirteen year olds Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds went missing and are assumed dead. Seventy-two days later, they reappear in shock in East Ayreshire, Scotland. Over the next eight years, on the surface the pair reacts differently to their ordeal never adequately explained. He became a homeless person carrying a sword he swears he earned when he vanished while she became an Oxford student studying folklore. However, both still suffer from the trauma of what they saw and did with denial their defense mechanism of choice. Eight years ago, they visited a church only to be abducted by knights who escorted them to an ancient underground city in the realm of Nidergeard. There lives the protectors of the surface dwellers from the evil that wants to permeate the outer realm. Now both are kidnapped in diverse ways, but when they unite they agree the time has come for them to engage in the second battle of Nidergeard. The first Ancient Earth quest fantasy is an exciting thriller with an intriguing underlying premise that defeating evil is not "good" enough because evil will fester in a nurtured vacuum unless good remains diligent by performing good deeds. The lead protagonists are a strong duet while the support cast especially underground enhances the war. Although crawling through the underground maize slows down the plot, fans of Tolkien and Brooks will want to join the pair as they enter the below the surface war zone. Harriet Klausner
carolthereadingfool More than 1 year ago
The book is okay, not the best I have read recently, certainly not the worst. Might be okay for a book club discussion,for young people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. ?