Thursday, 8 September 2011

Book Review - The Realms Thereunder By Ross Lawhead

Publisher's blurb:
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.

My review: I really liked this book. At times it was remenisent of Lord of Rings. While I did find some sections downright boring, the majority was action packed and quick flowing. It does hop around a fair bit, between characters and timelines but is still easy enough to follow. While the subject matter may be ultra strange, it is written in quite a believable manner. It is also the first in a triligy, so there is more goodness to come. But alas,we will have to wait until 2012 for book 2. I'd recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

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