This is the second book of Ross Lawhead's in The Ancient earth trilogy, I had read "The realms There under" and enjoyed it immensely, so I had some very high expectations for this book!
One of the issues I had with the first book, which did happen quite a bit more frequently in Lawhead's second book, was that his characters had these massive dialogues, that were difficult to follow, and rather sporadic. This was much more apparent in his second book than the first. I struggled through much of the book, to keep up with the story, and understand where there characters were going and their interactions with each other. but even within that, there were moments in the book of absolute suspense and wit. When he's got a good flow down, Lawhead very much reminds me of Tolkien, or C.S. Lewis. So although I can't claim to have enjoyed this book as much as the first one in the series, I'm not ready yet to give up on this author. When he's good, he's VERY GOOD. I love the idea of this story, and once I can figure out the ebb and flow of the book, I generally enjoy it very much.
If you decide to read this book, I highly recommend you read the first one in the series. This is not the kind of book that will make sense on its own, you do need the back story!!
First I must greatly urge one to read the first book as this is NOT a stand-alone. I read the first book in the Ancient Earthy Trilogy ("The Realms Thereunder") last year, and still felt quite lost in the beginning and am sure I didn't enjoy the book as much as I could have because I had forgotten some key elements to the story.
In this book we again meet up with Daniel and Freya as they continue on their adventure to awaken the Knights of Ennor. Full of excitement, violence and thrills, I was finding myself being kept up way past my bedtime to find out what was going to happen next! Lawhead has a gift for weaving a fantastic and suspensful story and makes sure you won't want to put it down!
This second book introduces new characters as well as builds upon some old ones. It builds upon "The Realms Thereunder" and sets up for a promising conclusion to the trilogy. I am so looking forward to reading the last book, but am pretty sure I'm going to want to reread the first two books before diving into the last.
This series comes HIGHLY recommended!
**Please note that there is quite a bit of violence and fighting.
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Ross Lawhead in his new book "A Hero's Throne" Book Two in The Ancient Earth Trilogy published by Thomas Nelson returns us to the world of Nidergeard and Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds.
From the back cover: "Knights of Ennor--the time has come to awake. Rise up to fulfill your secret oath and sacred duty."
Deep beneath the streets of England lies another realm . . . one few in our modern world know exists. Daniel and Freya, however, know it all too well. Eight years ago, these friends first journeyed through portals into the hidden land of NiÃÂ°ergeard--discovering a city filled with stones, secrets, and sleeping knights that serve to protect the world they call home.
But NiÃÂ°ergeard has fallen to dark forces, overrun by its enemies. Gates are being opened between the worlds that should have been kept closed. The battle lines for the war at the end of time have been drawn, and opposing forces are starting to gather.
Having served for centuries as the first and last outpost at the borders to other worlds, NiÃÂ°ergeard must be reclaimed and the mystery of its fall discovered. Daniel and Freya, along with an ancient knight and a Scottish police officer, must return to the legendary city, rally the surviving citizens, and awaken the sleeping knights--knights who are being killed, one by one, as they sleep.
But time is running out faster than they know.
There is a land beneath Great Britain where visitors do not go. Both Daniel and Freya are needed to stop the mythical world from taking over ours. What has happened to Nidergeard and can these two fulfill their individual quests and wake the sleeping knights?
I think Ross Lawhead has done a great job of taking lots of old British mythology and weaving all of them into his novel. There is much to learn about Nidergeard and the sleeping knights who are there to protect it when the need arises. "A Hero's Throne" is a fantasy adventure where the battle for good and evil has never been so important. The freedom of our world is as stake and we cannot afford to lose. This is a page turning thriller as the war of light against darkness rages. In these pages there is much to learn of mythology and, I think, Mr. Lawhead has taught us well. I am looking forward to seeing how all these plot threads are woven together in book three.
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