Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Antiquitas Lost

Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review - Antiquitas Lost

About the Book

From American cardiologist Robert Louis Smith comes the unique fantasy novel Antiquitas Lost, peppered with more than 70 eye-popping illustrations by Marvel Comics legend Geof Isherwood. This epic fantasy tells the story of a 15 year old boy named Elliott, a bullied kid with deformities on his hands and feet who is uprooted from his home after his mother falls gravely ill. When they move to New Orleans so his grandfather can help care for her, Elliott learns that the old man's eighteenth century mansion hides an ancient secret. From a dungeon-like basement far beneath the estate, Elliott strays through an ancient doorway into Pangrelor, a tumultuous parallel world full of bizarre creatures and warring races. Unable to return home, he discovers wondrous abilities he never dreamed he possessed, and an abiding connection to the primitive, alien world that will forever change him.
But he must proceed carefully. For he soon learns that his actions in the ancient world will impact the upcoming battle for Harwelden, Pangrelor's mightiest civilization, and will also resonate all the way back to New Orleans, perhaps deciding whether his mother lives or dies.

About the Author

Robert Louis Smith,author of Antiquitas Lost: The Last of the Shamalans, has numerous degrees, including psychology (B.A.), applied microbiology (B.S.), anaerobic microbiology (M.Sc.), and a Medical Doctorate (M.D.). He serves as an interventional cardiologist at the Oklahoma Heart Institute. He is married and the father of two young children. He began writing in 2003 while studying at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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My Take on the Book
This book was full of amazing illustrations and I came to find that the illustrator was the same person that I have seen in some of the comics that I have read in the past. The story itself was richly designed and the author takes meticulous steps to create a world that engrosses you and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you like fantasy and books like the Lord of the Rings, you will love this. One of the in things in the book was the fact that the author holds back some very important clues in the story until the very end (I won't spoil the surprise), so it will keep you guessing and wondering until the very end! A great book for any fantasy lover!

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