Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CSFF Tour Day 2 - The Realms Thereunder

Welcome back for day 2 of the CSFF Tour featuring The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead.

I introduced the book yesterday, and mentioned the author may have a familiar name to speculative fiction fans. Ross Lawhead is the son of Stephen Lawhead.

I wondered in approaching this tour whether having a famous name and a legacy would be a help or a hinderance to an author. I suspect it is a little of both. I came to Ross's book expecting some mythical elements (this is the first in the Ancient Earths trilogy, so I was justified), but I tried to come to the book without expectations of it being a Mini-Me experience.
I tried to resist...

 Ross has his own body of work already. He has collaborated with his dad on another book as well as Hero, a comic book adaptation of a modern day retelling of the gospel. As you can tell by his attire in the above picture, he enjoys his comics. Nothing wrong with that on this blog!

So what does this speak for The Realms Thereunder? Well, I'm not sure. Still working on finishing the book!

I know, that's so rare for me to be racing to finish in time for the tour...

In the meantime, Becky Miller always keeps tabs on all the other posts for the tour, so check her link out here. I will endeavor to bring you a review tomorrow.

I'd better get moving. Pages, I mean.



  1. Jason, Thanks for mentioning the author connection between the two lawheads. I noticed similarities between the two writing styles, but that may be because the father-son team worked togther on a trilogy. I noticed the front covers for The Realm Thereunder and The Bonehouse look much alike. Both cpvers are mid-blue with some black shadows. They come from the same same publisher, so they may have used the same artist for both books. I like the covers of both books, and both seem to have a half-dream look. That especially fits this book, as Daniel and Freya try to remember if events happened or it was just a dream.

  2. Jason, if this book were a beverage, I would say, "Drink up!"

    Hope you enjoy it!

  3. There styles are similar (that's a given, really) but yet I find that the son has taken writing to a new level in this book. A fascinating read. (so get reading :)