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November 25, 2013

THE WORLD BELOW by Mike Phillips

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Chronicles of the Goblin King
Book One
Mike Phillips (author)
Dawne Dominique (illustrator)
Kim Richards (editor)

 The World Below (Chronicles of the Goblin King, #1)
Published March 1st 2013
Damnation Books 

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(from Goodreads)
In ancient times, magical creatures inhabited the earth. They lived on mountaintops, in trees, at the bottom of lakes and rivers. But that was long ago, before the human race declared war on the creatures they feared and hated. Now the enchanted peoples are all but gone. Those few that remain fear being stretched out on an examination table in some secret, governmental facility. The only place they can hide from the ever increasing number of satellites and smart phones is in the World Below.

Mitch Hardy is going through a hard time in his life. In his early twenties, he was working his way through college when he suffered an accident that left him flat broke and physically deformed. When Mitch decides to make a fresh start in a new town, things start looking up. He finds a place to live, a decent job, good friends. He even meets a nice girl. Unknown to Mitch, his new girlfriend is one of the Elder Race, what some call the Faerie Folk. Mitch doesn’t know that Elizabeth is looking for a father she never knew. The key to finding him is somehow tied up with the mysterious Blade of Caro. Desperate, she steals the Blade from its protector, the despotic ruler of the World Below, the Dragon of Worms, Baron Finkbeiner. When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Baron, Mitch is pulled into a world or magic and monsters he never imagined.

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The combination of the modern world and the fantasy world gives us the adventure of THE WORLD BELOW.The beginning was an ancient world with fantasy creatures that hung out in trees,hidden by the dark on the mountain tops and at the bottom of lakes and rivers.  Then the Human race declared war on the creatures they hated so much.  Now the ancient, enchanted people are all but gone.  Very few remain and those few were afraid they would become an experiment.  The only place they could go and be safe was THE WORLD  BELOW.  Mitch Hardy feels alone and mad that people ignore him simply because he has scars.  He decides to make a new start in a different town.  Everyone is nice to him, they respect him.  Mitch meets a lovely girl named Elizabeth and through time finds out the she is a Faerie and she trying to find out who her father is.   The rule of THE WORLD BELOW has her kidnapped.  This isn't a world within our world.  It is a completely separate world beneath ours.  Who is her rescuer?  Mitch of course. He,   had no idea what he was about to find out.Mitch had sort of been thrown into this situation, no fault of his own.  Mitch goes from a simple worker who no one cared to pay attention to; to a hero. He has learned how to handle the all powerful sword.  All the characters have their own personalities and the author describes them with much detail.  Mr. Phillips weaves a web of fantasy, adventure, journeys and a little romance thrown in. Some of the characters you can easily low and others you can easily dislike them.The author makes the reader feel like a part of this fantasy journey with Mitch.. Step into the fantasy life with Mitch and Elizabeth and take a trip to THE WORLD BELOW.  You may like it and not want to come back.

I would give this book 4 SWORDS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE WORLD BELOW from the author Mike Phillips for my  view of the book.  There was no other compensation.

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Mike  Phillips
Mike Phillips grew up on a small farm in West Michigan, living much the way people did at the turn of the century. Whether it was growing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock, Mike learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age.

While his friends spent their summers watching reruns of bad sitcoms, Mike’s father gave him a very special gift. He turned off the television. With what was affectionately referred to as “the idiot box” no longer a distraction, Mike was left to discover the fantastic worlds that only exist in books. When not tending sheep, gardening, building furniture, chopping wood, or just goofing off, Mike spent his time reading. 

With all that hard work at home, Mike was always eager to go to school. He excelled as a student and went on to pursue a career in the sciences.  Working as a Saftey Engineer in the Insurance Industry, Mike soon became bored with the corporate grind.  Writing engaged him like nothing else.  After a few novels and numerous short stories, he thought getting published would be a pretty neat idea.   And here it goes.....

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