No one but the dead dare venture Below . . .
The first volume in this thrilling trilogy opens on the barren plains of Below, where Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, live in exile amid the remnants of our modern age.
Overhead, on the floating islands of Above, Elia is trapped in a life of endless toil and drudgery as a laundress for the Mirrored Palace. To Elia, the islands’ edges are borders that no one dares cross until the ancient ritual that delivers the dead to Below. But a series of natural disasters rumbling through Above sends Elia’s world crashing into Hokk’s—and she falls Below.
Their journey together will propel them across endless plains and through shattered cities in a centuries-old battle for the very earth and sky around them . . .
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Below is a classic ya adventure fantasy, with a futuristic dystopian twist! Chabot briefly explores the two worlds of Above and Below, and then in an earth altering instant, brings them clashing together. I would have liked to get to know Elia and Hokk a bit better, as well as their respective worlds, however, knowing this is the first book in the trilogy I’m hoping maybe we’ll get some backstory and explanation in the next two installments. Despite this fact, the writing is very descriptive and the characters’ feelings are well known to the reader. If you enjoy things being in the present and without much background noise you will love this book. I’d almost recommend this to a more middle grade audience if it weren’t for some of the violent and philosophical subject matter that might be above their age range, think of it as the last Harry Potter book compared to the first, you wouldn’t quite give that to a 12 year old even though The Philosopher’s Stone is a no brainer for that age group. I’m very intrigued by the ideas of our reality being split into multiple levels and look forward to reading more in this trilogy.
Jason Chabot grew up in the rural outskirts of Chilliwack, B.C., and graduated from the University of British Columbia. After over a decade as a chartered accountant, Jason now writes full-time at his home in Vancouver, where he also enjoys ballroom dancing and playing classical piano. Visit Jason online at www.jasonchabot.com.
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