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The Realms Thereunder
The Ancient Earth Trilogy
by Ross Lawhead
Publisher:Thomas Nelson From TMD or Joining the Dots
Published:06 September 2011
A vague feeling of Gaimanís Neverwhere, mixed with Tolkien, a sprig of Stephen Lawhead to flavour it and then throw in a touch of dichotomy as the feel of young adult material mixes in with high fantasy and a timescape crossover, would be my best description of this book. This is not to say that itís not an enjoyable read, it is, but it doesnít really feel like an original read. All along you constantly feel that youíve perhaps been here before Ė a sense of readerís dťjŗ vu, and as itís only book one of a trilogy it certainly doesnít feel completed either.
I do have to admit that it reads well, there is a pacing to the story and a feeling to the characters of Daniel, Freya and others that carries the book along well enough. You do find yourself wanting to know more of whatís going on, whatís happening.
Itís a story about choices, faith, end times and the classic battle of good against evil that rages always just out of sight for the most part but nevertheless lurks there waiting.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (20/02/12)