August: The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead
Back Cover Teaser:
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.
Why we chose it:
This book was found completely by chance when one of the ladies was looking for a book by Stephen R. Lawhead, who just so happens to be the father of Ross Lawhead. After reading the back cover, the book immediately went into the shopping basket. The promise of adventure in a mythical world is just too good to resist!
What we think so far:
We’re loving all the mythical elements that are woven into this story and we love Daniel and Freya. The conversations with the knights are highly amusing as well. The split timeline is effective in keeping us always wanting more. Finishing this book will be bittersweet because as eager as we are to see what happens, then it’ll be over. Good thing it’s part of a series!
Our final thoughts & reviews:
Lady Dynamo said “This series is what I’ve always wanted to read but didn’t realize it. ” Read her full review on Goodreads.
Lady Foxcraft said “Lawhead has done a great job bringing out the childhood fantasies we all shared–the ones for adventure and exploring new words–and showing how, upon entering adulthood, those experiences could mark us as adults.” Read her full review on Goodreads.
Lady Hawkeye said “Ross Lawhead’s The Realms Thereunder was one of those delightful, stay-up-all-night-to-finish, books that take me back to the days when I honestly thought everyone felt the way I do about stories.” Read her full review on Goodreads.