As the son of legendary author Stephen R Lawhead, Ross Lawhead had a lot to live up to. Writing in the same genre as his father, comparisons would seem almost inevitable. Well, as this book shows, Ross has certainly inherited talent from his father. It is tempting to approach this book expecting it to be exactly like his father’s work, and there is a lot that Lawhead fans will find pleasingly familiar here, and yet Ross has his own voice, and brings a more youthful perspective.
The Realms Thereunder introduces a fascinating world. The book brings us two connected stories – both about the same two characters. It is interesting to red of their exploits as teens, while at the same time seeing the consequences in their adult life at the same time. The adult story brings with it a sense of mystery, while the teen story brings a sense of adventure.
We get to see character arcs developed in a non-linear fashion, which is quite fascinating.
This is an original fantasy which tells an exciting story, and sets us up well to anticipate the next two books.