The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead Blog Tour

The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead
The Ancient Earth Trilogy, #1
Pages: 377 Trade Paperback
Date Published: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Ancient legend tells of an army of knights that will remain sleeping until the last days.

The knights are waking up.

A homeless man is stalked by a pale, wraithlike creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth. Maimed animals and a host of suicides cluster around a mountain in Scotland. And deep beneath the cobbled streets of Oxford, a malicious hoard besieges a hidden city.

Freya Reynolds is a university student with a touch of OCD and an obsession with myth and folklore. Daniel Tully is living rough on the streets of Oxford, waging a secret war against an enemy only he can identify. Years ago, they found themselves in a world few know is real. They have since gone their separate ways and tried to put that adventure behind them.

But the mythical world is now bleeding into our reality-a dark spiritual evil that is manifesting itself in forgotten corners of the British Isles. Alex Simpson is a Scottish police officer who specializes in hunting mythical creatures. Together, they must confront the past, the present, and points beyond to defeat the ultimate threat to humanity.

Nothing they’ve seen so far prepares them for what awaits . . . in “The Realms Thereunder.”

I absolutely love Stephen Lawhead. I fell in love with his writing in the King Raven series (Hood, Scarlet and Tuck), which I still hold today is possibly one of my favorite series that I have ever read. But I must admit that when I tried another one of his series, I put it down to come back to later. Considering how much I enjoy Stephen Lawhead, when I heard that his son was going to be writing along the same genre, I was super excited to jump for it in his debut book.

About halfway through, I lost interest. My Enginerd has often told me, I’m not imaginative enough, and he is ready to grab this book from my fingertips and read it on his own as he says it sounds fascinating. At the prologue and the first few chapters I was captivated and really curious what was going on and what was about to happen. But then once Daniel “got out” or “got in” or however you’d like to put it… when he was “there” again the conversation through me and I was forcing myself to read and turn pages. Alas.

I have seen lots of positive reviews everywhere for this book already, but it’s a book I just cannot finish or at least I’ll have to come back to it later. While reading I had my mind jumping different places. Reminiscent of the TV Series Angel when they started jumping portals and into sweeping to different realities of C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia and a bit of influence from perhaps other Inklings authors as well. I think that all in all, this book will definitely be someone’s perfect cup of tea (my husband perhaps), but just not mine, at least not right now.

*Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy for review through the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour.*


Ross Lawhead comes from a literary household and has written since he could hold a crayon. He has collaborated with his father on a trilogy of speculative fiction, written and illustrated a graphic novel, and published two volumes of “awful” poetry in a series called “The Colour Papers.” He lives in Oxford and this is his first full-length novel. For more on Ross’ musings on comics, movies, books and culture, visit www.rosslawhead.com/blog/

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Red Bissell
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
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Emmalyn Edwards
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Tori Greene
Nikole Hahn
Ryan Heart
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Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebekah Loper
Marzabeth
Shannon McDermott
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirriam Neal
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Joan Nienhuis
Crista Richey
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Shane Werlinger
Nicole White
Rachel Wyant


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  • http://www.shanewerlinger.com Shane

    I really liked it but can understand that this book wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Maybe a little time will help you enjoy it. :)
    Shane´s last blog post ..CSFF Blog Tour: "The Realms Thereunder" Day 3

    • http://www.CreativeMadnessMama.com CherryBlossomMJ

      Yeah, and you know what if I wasn’t sick that might change my outlook on it as well. Now if someone would just tell my toddler to give me time to read…

  • http://rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com/ Rebecca LuElla Miller

    I have mixed feelings about this one. I thought it invited the reader to put it down because there were so many natural breaks. I also didn’t love the characters, so that didn’t drive me to keep going. The plot had some points of intrigue, but there were times I didn’t really know where we were headed. And yet, I think he was trying to do something quite ambitious. So I have to give him props for not settling for a simplistic story. I think he’s got something that can spark some deep thinking. I just wish it was a better story!

    Becky
    Rebecca LuElla Miller´s last blog post ..CSFF Blog Tour – The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead, Day 2

    • http://www.CreativeMadnessMama.com CherryBlossomMJ

      From everything I do think that I would still look forward to more books from him. Maybe not this series until I can really pull through all of this one, but I definitely wouldn’t write him off.