[Book Review: THE REALMS THEREUNDER by Ross Lawhead]

[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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sounds like a great book! I do the “Blogging for Books” program. I tried applying for Sneeze Book after seeing it on your blog, but they rejected me. =*(

    • It really is cool – I honestly have no idea why I couldn’t get into it right away. 

      Blogging for Books? Which publisher is that? 

      Bummer – what was the reason you got rejected? They have been really helpful in my case (especially considering that I live in Ukraine). 

      • Blogging for Books is Waterbrook Multnomah. They have some pretty good stuff – my last book was David Platt’s “Radical Together”. And I didn’t receive a reason as to why I was rejected by Book Sneeze. =(

        • Hmm, I have a few Mulnomah books. Didn’t know they had a program, but I guess I’ll stick with Tyndale and BookSneeze – otherwise I won’t have time to do anything else but read books 😀 

          Sorry you couldn’t get into BookSneeze… one of the things I love about them is that they’ve got Ted Dekker – my fav author. 

          • WHAT?!?!?! I love Ted Dekker! No fair! =(

          • Maybe you could try again sometime, to re-apply? Or at least ask them why you got rejected…

          • I just re-applied. I also applied for Tyndale’s program – didn’t know they had one!

          • Yeah, I had a chance to review Immanuel’s Veins because of BookSneeze.

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