This month's CSFF Blog Tour features The Realms Thereunder, the new fantasy novel by Ross Lawhead, and first in The Ancient Earth trilogy.
Niece #1, fourteen years old this week, got to the book first after it arrived in the mail, and she devoured it inside of twenty-four hours. I thought she composed a pretty good outline in her notes, so she has the privilege of essentially writing my first post of the tour. These notes were composed as she read:
1) Three parallel storylines--three people (Daniel Tully, Freya Reynolds, Alex Simpson) that know a very strange, unusual secret no one can know because no one would believe.When I asked her if she would like to expand on her original thoughts, she said, "I know my notes are pretty general, but I was just writing the basic feeling the book gave me, not noting the structure or grammar or anything like that. Just my general impressions. Basically, I'm reading from the perspective of a 14-year-old kid, not from someone reviewing the book, just as a form of entertainment for me. And it is an excellent story!"
2) Story goes back and forth, past and present, sometimes that can be confusing, but in this case it's just plain good storytelling.
3) Vocab is a bit confusing at moments (casual dialogue; "toilet" means "bathroom" -- took me a minute), but the setting is Great Britain.
4) Fourth storyline -- (Robin Ploughwright) pretty sure he's a bad guy?
5) Some funny parts -- good!
6) Names are a little weird, but cool, and (they) fit the story.
7) Adventurous and interesting
8) A little confusing in the parts that deal with Freya
9) The description of the days Daniel spends at the wood-burner's hut is a little dull
10) Overall, though, an interesting read. I'd like to read the next two (books) as well.
So, folks, there ya have it. More about my grownup but no less enthusiastic response in the following two days.
Meantime, check out these stops of the tour for other perspectives:
CSFF Blog Tour
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson