The Paradise War (The Song of Albion #1)
"When I opened my eyes, I was no longer in the world I knew."
Lewis Gillies is an American graduate student in Oxford who should be getting on with his life. Yet for some reason, he finds himself speeding north with his roommate Simon on a lark--half-heartedly searching for a long-extinct creature allegedly spotted in a misty glen in Scotland. Expecting little more than a...more
As an avid fantasy reader, I was reluctant to try this trilogy because Lawhead is not one of the best known fantasy writers. My husband bought me the book because Lawhead is a Christian and he thought I should try it.
I was very pleasantly surprised! The writing is excellent. The story is interesting, meaningful, and epic in scope while still progressing rapidly enough to finish in three books.
It contains all of the elements I look for in a fantasy: vivid d...more
The idea behind the story is time honored in fantasy: Guys from present find their way through a portal to another time/place/age/reality -- in this case something akin to Celtic Highlands, though the development of the Celtic angle was thinner than a razor. Once in the new la...more
The main character whines some more, his obnoxious and arrogant sidekick goes on and does some more obnoxious and arrogant things. There's a kiss. And then... t...more
In fact, if there's a flaw to Lawhead's approach is that he treats even his spiritual beings as super strong, super evil, etc., but they lack the "feel" of Other.
A quibble. Lawhe...more
This book was not particularly engaging. I wanted to know how it ended, but I didn't necessarily need to know. I never found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it, and if I was interrupted while reading, it didn't concern me. It ended with a bit of a cliffhanger for the next book, but it didn't make me want to immediately run out to get it. I don't think I am likely to even bother with the next one.
The characters weren't particularly interesting, and I didn't g...more
Albion is where he finds himself. It is the Otherworld, and he is thrust into it so...more
Lewis Gillies is an American graduate student studying at the eminent Oxford University, specifi...more
I didn't end up finishing the book, got about halfway through and skimmed the rest. In the hands of a better writer the story might have been decent. The characters however were too weak and lacking in personality to carry the plot. As it is, if I could have given it...more
So, the beginning is way different than the rest of the book. The feeling was different. I liked the first feeling better. Not that the second was bad, it was just really not what I was expecting. But it was a good read and I'm glad I own it and will be happy to dig into the next bo...more
I have to admit I didn't love the writing or the description. Even in trying to give words to an astounding world I felt like the description was trying too hard, or I was trying too hard to understand. The language is simple and uninteresting, until in brief moments when his words ring absolutely true and then I liked it a lot!
I didn't like the central character much; he was petulent and h...more
The 'The Paradise War' is an enjoyable start to the Song of Albion trilogy. I might have liked if he made the story less dark, invested more in developing his character's depth, and created a good fool or two to provide some comic relief. Perhaps de...more
As far as writing, Lawhead has a great writing style. He inspires emotions excellently in the reader. My only co...more
I've had this book in my library for years and even started reading it 2-3 times and for some reason or another never went ahead and finished. I guess I'd been concerned that it was going to be more like his "Dragon King" books (ugh!) than "The Pe...more
Celtic lore, Scotland Scotland Scotland, college boys, fantasy, traveling to Otherworlds....
The premise is great. The idea is great.
The execution was awful. I liked the first chapter. I could not even make it 20% into this story. This author is awful. Every single sentence had to use the most descriptive and over-the-top language to describe every single everyday mundane thin...more
The Paradise War is about a world intertwined with our own, but can only be reached at certain times through cairns found in Scotland. Lewis is an American student studying at Oxford with his friend and roomm...more
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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned...more