The Paradise War is the first book in Stephen Lawheads epic fantasy series, Song of Albion
From the dreaming spires of Oxford, Lewis Gillies drives north to seek a mythical creature in a misty glen in Scotland. Expecting little more than a weekend diversion, Lewis finds himself in a mystical place where two worlds meet, in the time-between-times – and in the heart of a battle between good and evil.
The ancient Celts admitted no separation between this world and the Otherworld: the two were delicately interwoven, each dependent on the other. The Paradise War crosses the thin places between this world and that, as Lewis Gillies comes face-to-face with an ancient mystery – and a cosmic catastrophe in the making.
Epic fantasy, ancient mystery, cosmic catastrophe; hell I want to read it again just from reading the blurb! Although I do love fantasy I can’t say it is a category I am well versed in or actually read very often; so I had no idea this book even existed. Thankfully the brilliant Luke Taylor (shameless promotion- Read his books! XD) set me straight and now I am a fan! Despite my dallying to actually finish the book — work sucks! — I whole heartedly enjoyed it! I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more fantasy books (other than YA Fantasy), I seem to really enjoy them!
Who should read this books– Other than everyone? If you like epic fantasies, with world destroying battles between good and evil, Celtic mythology, a very human hero that you can relate to, than this book is definitely for you. Lawhead is a very poetic writer, with vast and sprawling descriptions of a gorgeous backdrop and character that are easy to love and dislike.
I definitely recommend!