[Book Review: THE REALMS THEREUNDER by Ross Lawhead]

You know how sometimes you get a few books at the same time and you’re not in the mood to read one of them? That was me – I confess. When I got The Realms Thereunder, I read the first page and it didn’t click.

To be honest – I am not sure what was wrong with me at that moment.

When I picked up the book again, not only I’ve read the first page - I could not put the book down! Reading late into the night, reading at lunch with my co-workers watching me (because we have a little kitchen and one table…), reading on my way to work… Well, you get the idea.

Past and present are ingeniously entwined into a tale that can be easily placed on the same shelf as the Chronicles of Narnia, Skin Map, and Inkheart. Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds, former classmates and fellow adventurers, have to embrace their past experience and once again journey into the unknown to help the world survive against the evil that is rising. Daniel is full of anticipation, Freya is full of fear, yet together they make a great team.

The plot is packed with action and yet Ross weaves a story-line that includes philosophical and theological discussions about the battles familiar to each and every one.

“People can go anywhere,” Swiðgar said. “But are they where they want to be?”

Sometimes it takes something supernatural to get us thinking about the real reality of life. In our busyness of life, do we pay attention to what we have or simply take everything for granted? Do we really need to be transplanted into another world to see what we’ve got?

I highly recommend this book to all those who like to plunge into the unknown reality of other worlds that exist right here next to us.

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