Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead

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 word 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.

~The Ancient Earth Trilogy, Book 1 - The Realms Thereunder

Ross Lawhead has created a wonderful beginning to his trilogy. The main characters are likeable even with their weaknesses, and it will be interesting to see how Mr. Lawhead will further develop his characters in the next book.

The storyline keeps you turning the pages, and as the past and the present are interwoven, the groundwork for a fantastic adventure is laid. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Lawhead's use of real and historical context, making the imaginary become a little more real-to-life, which I think adds to the enjoyment of this read. 

Book 1 was good and I am looking forward to Book 2. Pick up The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead and give it a read! You can buy this book at your local bookstore or online at or

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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