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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  66 reviews
From the author of The Demon Race comes a YA dark fantasy series inspired by Inuit mythology.

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to f
Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Wolf Publishing
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Below was a tale of love, brutality and how love can survive despite brutality. It was inspired by Inuit mythology, and it engulfed me in an unceremonious world of snarling frost and piercing cold and took me on the most enchanting ride.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

How do we define our identities? Is it our faces? Our families? Our heritages? Our cultures? Our names? The legacies we leave behind? The lies and truths we tell ourselves? It's all of these things and more. This book explored
Faith M ✨
I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

DNF at ~36%

I really didn't want to DNF this but I really just couldn't read much more. It was kind of a drag and I really had to force myself to get through much at all. The first few chapters were promising, and there were definitely some solid set pieces and sequences in this that I did enjoy, but over all, I couldn't connect with it.

The characters were one dimensional
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
I'm obsessed with the cover and the face-stealing sounds mega-creepy. ...more
Stephanie (Bookfever)

Wow, this book was certainly something. I do have to admit that the start was sort of slow for me, which is why I couldn't give it a full four star rating because I struggled a little to get really into it but once I reached the 50% mark in the story it was pretty hard to put down. The fact that the story was inspired by Inuit mythology is something I absolutely loved because it isn't something I've come across yet in any of the books I've read.

Below featured the very complex but fascinati
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Below is the perfect snow-day read. Inspired by Inuit-mythology it follows a young woman searching to restore her sister’s identity and find her own self worth.

After Apaay’s village is attacked, she is horrified to learn that the whispered about Face Stealer, a demon of unknown power, has stolen her sister’s face. Feeling as though she is the only one who cares of her sister’s fate, Apaay ventures into the wild to find the Face Stealer domain and recover what was stolen.

Enriched with beautiful,
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
January 29, 2020:

Below is a dark fantasy sprawled on a sheet of snow and ice which successfully lays down the thrill of walking all alone in search of something but isn't very successful in giving depth to the characters. An immensely strong sisterly bond definitely leads to the risk of dwelling in the villain's territory and the wonderful writing gives another reason to continue reading this. However, the slow pacing and the lack of intense motives forces the reader to rethink their decision of

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Below is presented as a dark YA fantasy inspired by Inuit mythology. Honestly, I had no clue about the Inuit mythology before I picked this book up, but I can say that the premise is true: Below is really dark and cold - frigid - and the Inuit culture plays a significant role in the story.

Below starts with the main character Apaay hunting for food to feed her family at the hardest time of winter. But her hunting is interrupted by the news that the Face Stealer - a North

Oct 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
You had me at Inuit mythology.
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5

First book of 2020 and I’m already crying thanks I hate it
Alicia (Alicia Reads It)
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, mythology, fiction

When the author contacted me about reviewing this book for her, she described it as 'dark fantasy' which i was slightly hesitant to pick up. I love a good fantasy though, so I had her send it to me to give it a try. It did NOT disappoint. Below is such a unique and compelling story!

Below is set in the Arctic and is based on Inuit Mythology-something I knew absolutely nothing about before reading this. The culture is fascinating though, and I am bound to wind up delving deeper into
Alexandria Warwick
Jan 22, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited for this book!!

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I finished this book exactly one year ago and I just realised I never posted my review which is super dumb of me and I'm sorry.

First, I wanna say thank you to the author for sending me an E-ARC of this book in exchange for a review. I literally requested it as soon as I read the summary because goddamn that looked like exactly the type of story I'd enjoy! And I did like some things but overall it just wasn't the book for me.

The ideas are SO interesting! The face stealer, the setting, all this s
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Review to come!
Anna Maria
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
After reading only the first chapter my excitement for this book skyrocketed. There isn’t a better setting for me than the dark, cold ones with many mysteries and secrets in them. I kind of got ‘Beyond the Wall’ (GoT) vibes, which is my favorite part of the show. So yes, my expectations were REALLY high.

The setting and atmosphere are great and they’re basically what I liked the most. What didn’t really do it for me was the actual plot. I wouldn't exactly call it boring but it did move slow for
Julia Carlton
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Well excuse me, but, whoever designed this cover is a G.E.N.I.U.S! I haven't seen something both unique and pretty in ages. I'm sold. <3 ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

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I really enjoyed reading from Apaay’s POV. I thought she was such an interesting character. She was someone who was always striving to be enough but finding herself continuing to let down those she wanted to impress the most. She had so much heart and love that she didn’t see just how spectacular she truly was.

I’m not very familiar with Inuit mythology, but I definitely want to know more after re
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
ARC received for an honest review.

This book is so good. It is perfect in every way. I don't even know what to say. The characters are all so intricately created and protrayed it was hard not to feel everything they did. The worldbuilding had me in awe. The setting is very complex, especially with some fantastical elements, so being able to describe everything so well is amazing.

There are so many quotes I loved in this book but here are some of my favourites:
Don’t ever stop caring.” Voice
Toya (the reading chemist)
Um, no. This book is literally a mash up of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Remember when Ang has to go up against the Face Stealing Demon on his spiritual quest? Yeah, that’s the main premise of the plot. I know the author is a self proclaimed fan, but even the names within this book are literally from those series! I mean, come on. Who didn’t catch this?! I’d much rather go watch those two shows rather than keep reading another page of this book that is completely ripping that ...more
Rebecca Crunden
Dec 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
A YA dark fantasy series inspired by Inuit mythology.

Consider me HERE FOR THIS.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review is first published on

As time goes by, I find myself looking for more diverse and interesting YA Fantasy books. Specially now that the internet makes it easy for authors to let their target audience know, here we are, we have what you want and are looking for. So, when I received The Fantastic Flying Book Club’s email about this blog tour and saw that this was inspired by Inuit Mythology, I knew I was on-board! And I was taken away by this frigid world of cold a
Lauren James  (storied.adventures)
Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures

*Thank you so much to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!*
*Put this under retellings even though its technically mythology*

First of all, this book made me cry and I NEVER cry from books.
Second, I really enjoyed this book! Apaay faced sever weather, fighting wild animals, surviving nightmare's come to life, surviving being a prisoner, and losing her family. It was very intense at some parts! I wanted some more information o
This one's pretty good!

Below is a tale reminiscent of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Tam Lin, and Inuit culture and mythology. A demon called the Face Stealer haunts the lands where Apaay and her family lives, and when he strikes their village and steals her sister's face, Apaay is determined to go after him and bring it back. She sets out on a journey that takes her to the in-between, where she is captured and thrown into an icy labyrinth of tricks and terrors inflicted by a girl named Yuki
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

Last year I read, reviewed, and loved Alexandria Warwick's debut fantasy novel The Demon Race, so when she contacted me about her upcoming North trilogy, I was immediately and eager to read the first book. Below has proved to be another ambitious and compelling story by Warwick that I had a wonderful time reading and now can't wait to continue the trilogy.

Below is set int he Arctic among the Inuit, a group of people that I have become interested in
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to thank the author for sending me a digital copy of the book so swiftly, as I received it within hours of sending the email.
My first impressions of this book was excellent. After the author released the cover, I fell in love with the illustration. For the first few pages I was very much already drawn into Apaay’s northern world. What this author especially excels at is painting environments, she describes them with such(but not obtrusive) detail that it helped me unde
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it

I gave this 3.5 stars.

This is Apaay's story, Apaay is a girl from the North who is on a quest to retrieve her sister's face after it is stolen by the notorious Face Stealer. What Apaay does not anticipate is being captured by someone other than the Face Stealer and being sucked into the labyrinth and Yuki's cruel games.

The world building is complex and well done. Apaay is also a complex character who is desperately trying to prove herself to her f
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of the BELOW blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club, from January 29th - February 4th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book via the author, Alexandria Warwick and The FFBC, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Death of an animal and character, Imprisonment, Blood, Gore, Torture, Starvation/self-imposed A
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
See this review and others at Whispers & Wonder

The night is long, but the sun will soon greet you.

Below by Alexandria Warwick is an intense and incredibly unique tale of love and sacrifice filled to the brim with perilous danger and broken promises. It’s an account of respecting the past and your culture, yet willing to go against the grain of everything you know and believe in order to attain what is believed to be unattainable. It’s pages preach about learning to appreciate your own st
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog
Thank you to the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

Quick Stats:
4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Below is cold and dark, a story rich with culture and told in beautiful prose.

“The night is long, but the sun will soon greet you.”

// C
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