For today’s book spotlight, I’m taking a look at The Realms Thereunder, Book 1 in the series entitled “An Ancient Earth.” First of all, okay, I’ll admit it — I’m shallow. I look at covers. If the cover looks interesting, then I’ll generally take a peek underneath. And I found this cover quite intriguing.
So far, the book has received quite good reviews — a promising thing for a debut author. However, “debut” is somewhat of a misnomer in this case. Ross has collaborated on some fairly high profile projects with his father, Stephen Lawhead. Those projects include the !Hero books (#1: City of Dreams, released in 2003; #2: Rogue Nation, written but unreleased; #3: World Without End, written but unreleased; and the !Hero graphic novel) and Tuck, for which he wrote the long poem, The Ballad of Rhi Bran.
What’s the book about? So glad you asked. Here’s the official 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.
If you want more info, the book hit the shelves last week and is available in paperback and ebook. The author’s website is: http://www.rosslawhead.com/blog
The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 6, 2011)
Paperback: 400 pages