Sunday, January 6, 2013

Undermountain by Eric Edstrom

Title:  Undermountain
Author:  Eric Edstrom
Series:  Undermountain Saga #1
Published: March 5th 2012 by Undermountain Books LLC
Page Count: 354
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Two teens from from different worlds . . .
Seeking refuge from their troubled home lives, sixteen year olds Danny Michaelson and Breyona Lewis join a group of teens in the Canadian Rocky Mountains for a ten day hiking excursion.

. . . the encounter of a lifetime . . .
Six days in, Danny and Breyona come face to face with a creature of legend--an eight foot tall beast they tag as "bigfoot." But this this is no mere animal, and it doesn't want humans knowing its secrets.

. . . friendship, love, and loyalty . . .
Swept into the hidden city of Undermountain, Danny, Breyona and their friends find themselves in a race for survival against alien forces determined to take control the earth.

My Review:

Edstrom creates a world unlike any other in the first installment of his Undermountain Trilogy. He begins in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies and from there travels to the unknown. It was a very intriguing read that kept me captivated throughout.

Undermountain is a very well written work. Edstrom’s writing flows seamlessly from place to place and character to character. He has the ability to add descriptions that heighten your understanding of the story and its characters without slowing down the action of the novel. The trials and fears of the characters become very real. The action sequences in the novel are also very well developed. They spark your interest without every becoming very gory or hard to handle.

The various characters that live through this work are quite well developed. They each have their own personalities, strengths, and weaknesses to contend with. I cannot imagine going through the trials that they do, coming out in tact on the other end. The characters also grow through their journey. They become more rounded people who are hard not to love (or hate, depending on the characters). This depiction of the characters does not end with the human characters. Those of non-Earthly origins are developed in the same manner.

This combines to provide an amazing cast of characters who journey through the unknown together, battling adversity, and growing up. It was a very captivating opener to the Undermountain trilogy.

 Buy your copy online here today.

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