I was introduced to this book by my older sister, who borrowed it from a friend. Prior to my reading it, my sister had related to me in her own words the events of the first chapter--and left me hanging. Even since then I was hungry to get my hands on it on my own account. ...What is Anthropos like? It is a little bit like Narnia, except there is more of an emphasis on items used as thematic items in the series, and... it seems more human, somehow. They have there own native population of people, or "Regenskind," children of the Regents of there own equivalent of the Garden of Eden... it isn't less wild or less natural than the atmosphere in Narnia, but it is wild in a different way... it's really difficult to explain unless you've experienced it for yourself. Two things I can tell you; the book caught my attention from the start, and some of its images--especially the cross/bridge across the chasm and the thought of wiping one's dirty, slimy, blood-and-forbidden-candy-stained hand of Jesus' (or Gall's) hand and it coming away pure and clean and tingling--keep haunting one beyond the reaches of reading-time. It's not like Tolkien; Tolkien's work is a class of its own. Perhaps there is a touch of Farmer Giles of Ham in it, and there is definitely strong influence (admitted by the author) from Narnia, but Anthropos is its own country... not a great country, not a country that you will necessarily hold up as a future standard for all other worldbuilding that you read, but a country that is worth the time it takes to enter.