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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Houdini vs Rasputin by C Michael Forsyth

This was the second novel that I’ve read from C Michael Forsyth involving Houdini and a historical figure (the other being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and I absolutely loved it.  Forsyth has a great formula of mixing Harry Houdini with a famous person, putting them into an adventure, and spinning a fun yarn, and this Read More…

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

This episode was the calm before the storm.  Whereas, episode one of the final season was just okay with all of the character reunions, I found A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, to be a far more satisfying episode.  It had a lot of what I really enjoy about Game of Thrones—great dialogue between well Read More…

Game of Thrones “Winterfell”

The season premiere was all about table setting for the remainder of the season and show.  It was one reunion after another: Jon Snow and Bran (Three Eyed Raven); Jon Snow and Arya Stark; Jon Snow and Samwell Tarley; Samwell and Ser Jorah Mormant; Arya Stark and The Hound, Arya Stark and Gendry, etc.  Having Read More…

A Hero’s Throne by Ross Lawhead

This novel is the sequel to The Realms Thereunder and takes place immediately after that novel is completed.  Nidergard has fallen.  Daniel and Freya, along with a group of people, must awaken the knights that have been sleeping for centuries to take back Nidergard.  Meanwhile, Alex the detective and Ecgbryt are going through tunnels all Read More…

10 Questions with Ross Lawhead

1. The Realms Thereunder is steeped in Celtic lore. What type of research did you do for this series?   There’s a hint of Celtic in there, but mostly it’s Anglo-Saxon lore that I used, especially for the names, and Old English is what some of the characters will break out in, every once in Read More…

The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead

This novel toggles between past and present.  In the past, the story’s protagonists, Daniel and Freya, went missing during a school trip.  They appear a month later after going to one of the many worlds in the multiverse.  They find themselves part of an eternal struggle where a group of knights are being guarded as Read More…