October 29, 2011

Review - The Realms Thereunder (Ross Lawhead)

In this fantasy novel Daniel and Freya, who've already got lost in The Realms Thereunder after wandering off on a field trip from school many years ago, are once again thrown into this mythical world beneath our own as adults. Ross Lawhead dips deeply into British Mythology in this first part of the Ancient Earth trilogy, including travel through enchanted gates and ancient knights, connecting it with our own world.
The narrative really hooked me from the start. It's exactly the - dare I say it - old-fashioned style in which the book is written, that makes it, in light of many newer and more modern novels, wonderfully refreshing. I loved how the reader slowly learns about Daniel's and Freya's story of suddenly finding themselves in the world of Nidergeard and how this journey made them the persons they are today. The narrative intermingles recent events with flashbacks to the first involuntary journey to another world and was so enthralling that it really kept me on my toes from chapter to chapter. While this book is actually Christian fantasy, the religious aspect blends in well, without in the least being preachy, but simply being part of the story line.
Wonderfully detailed, hard to put down, and a great ending make me look forward to the next installment! It's safe to say that Ross inherited the talent for story-telling from his father Stephen!
In short: A wonderful magical adventure story, not just for younger readers!

4/5 stars

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