• CK Sorens

The Place Below Book Review

Dan Fitzgerald's Maer Cycle series has come to a close with the third book of his trilogy, The Place Below. I have been able to read all three books in the trilogy and I'm both happy and sad the Maer Cycle has come to a close. Story Tellers on Tour has put together a great list of bloggers and content for the book tour, so be sure to check them out (click here) for the full schedule.

They're also hosting a tour-wide giveaway, and the prize is pretty phenomenal. You can enter to win signed copies of the entire trilogy, which includes Hollow Road, The Archive, and The Place Below. On top of that, the prize includes all artwork, and a full set of character cards. Find the widget to enter at the end of my review.

First, about the book:

It’s been twenty-five years since the Battle for the Archive. Peace reigns over the Silver Hills, and humans and Maer are preparing to sign their first trade agreement. Even warring tribes of the Free Maer have set aside old quarrels.

Sasha is a young scholar of mixed Maer and human parentage, traveling throughout the Maer lands collecting stories of the Ka-lar, the buried Forever Kings. She finds a reference in the Archive to a Ka-lar named Kuun, a scholar in life, who was laid down in an ancient brightstone mine, beneath a mountain said to be the home of the fabled Skin Maer. The lure of the tale is too strong to resist. Joined by some old friends, Sasha sets out to uncover secrets that have lain buried for over a thousand years.

In The Place Below, the Maer Cycle comes to a close as the darkest mysteries of the Maer are at last brought into the light


My Review: 4 Stars

In The Place Below, we follow Sasha. Half-Maer, half-human, she has become a scholar and studies the Ka-lar, the Forever Kings who had been put into hibernation centuries ago for reasons unknown. As she digs deeper into her research, she discovers her own power of necromancy, a feared and forbidden practice that connects her to the undead Ka-lar.

I have enjoyed this trilogy from the start. Dan's writing voice is clear, his pacing quick, and though I tried to pace my reading, I often found I slipped a few more pages in, lost in the cadence.

I was a little confused how this novel fit into the trilogy. Sasha's tale comes 25 years after the first two books, which were spaced close together. It's a last book, yet it felt like the first of a story, leaving me wanting to know more about Sasha herself. How she manages her necromancy in a world that doesn't accept it? What about the romantic relationship she hints at exploring in the last pages?

The fact that I have all these questions, though, shows how engaging Sasha's story was. I planned a week to read it, and I ended up taking three days to finish. I also know our author Dan has more Maer books in the works and I'm excited to see if, perhaps, some of my questions might be answered in those pages, companions to the Maer Cycle trilogy that introduced this fantasy world.


You can find this trilogy on Amazon, or directly through Shadow Spark Publishing. Bonus, you can buy signed copies from Shadow Spark, and in fact, I'm currently waiting for mine!

To connect with Dan, you can find him on Twitter @DanFitzWrites or Instagram @danfitzwrites.


And now to enter the giveaway! Good luck!

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