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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Song of Albion Trilogy Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455179305
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From the dreaming spires of Oxford, graduate student Lewis Gillies and his impulsive roommate, Simon, drive north to seek a mythical creature in a misty glen in Scotland. Once there, Simon vanishes through a hole in the cairn, and Lewis follows him to a mystical place where two worlds meet, in the time-between-times. There, where Celtic champions, magic, and treachery weave the beautiful and brutal land called Albion, Lewis finds Simon. And there, schooled as a warrior, he is thrust to the front of a titanic struggle between light and darkness—a hideous, onrushing darkness that would devour not merely a kingdom but two worlds.

The ancient Celts admitted no separation between this world and the Otherworld: the two were delicately interwoven, each dependent on the other. The Paradise War crosses the thin places between this world and that, as Lewis Gillies comes face-to-face with an ancient mystery—and a cosmic catastrophe in the making.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Langton] is particularly adept at handling dialogue, skillfully moving between characters at a lively pace.”

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  • “Lawhead, whose Pendragon Cycle established him as a frontrunner among contemporary Christian fantastists, demonstrates a genuine love for and understanding of Anglo-Celtic mythology in this first volume of a projected series. A worthwhile purchase.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lawhead treats his Celtic lore with respect; the upshot is well handled and pleasingly restrained.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In a style reminiscent of Tolkien, Lawhead presents a world of vivid imagery. This book is a delight.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Detter | 2/12/2014

    " Fanstic fiction, especially for those interesting in Celtic myth and legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/21/2014

    " This is the first of the set of three. It is a good read, bit hard to grasp at the start, but I have always enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rikki Henry | 1/13/2014

    " Favorite trilogy right up there with Lord of the Rings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/4/2014

    " This book, the entire series was awesome. I could not put it down. A true work of art-man-ship by Stephen Lawhead. He has a way of touching my very soul with his words. Love him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " Really enjoyed it! Now to round out the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/28/2013

    " This was the first Lawhead book I ever read. I really enjoyed it, and I've enjoyed pretty much everything else of his that I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Hoffman | 12/23/2013

    " Just like the rating, it was ok. By the end of it I was still thinking, I just read three hundred some pages and...........for what? I would delve deeper but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/2/2013

    " Glorious, Breath taking in its finest moments! On par with Tolkien. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Hahn | 11/27/2013

    " I'm not going to give a "real" review of this except to say that if you're having trouble getting into it, stick with it. It took awhile for me to REALLY get into it (like over half the book) but now I cannot wait to start on the next. If this is your type of subject, it is well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 11/26/2013

    " Just finished this again. It was as exciting as the first time. Lawheads' ability to blend the Celtic folklore with modern day is awesome. Looking forward to the other 2 books in the trilogy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simon Tracey | 11/11/2013

    " I tried, but I've given up. Badly written and not engaging at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Collings | 10/16/2013

    " I first read this book in the mid nineties. I loved it then. I've just re-read it and realise just how good it was. This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. It reads well on its own as well as setting things up nicely for the Book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 15655 Stockton | 8/31/2013

    " This book is about Celtic lore or legend. I liked this book because I knew a little of the lore and learned some. This book starts with two college students going to Oxford University. On a trip to Scotland to find a mystical creature they stumble on a relic and sucked into another world of mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Hartzell | 8/22/2013

    " I read this and though it was pretty good, but I never went back to the series after this first one. I might have to pick it up again some day... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 7/16/2013

    " After reading all 3 books in this trilogy, I've decided that they were a waste of my time. Based on how the last book ended, it makes the second book pointless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derrick | 1/20/2013

    " This book was one my parents bought for me, it took me a while to get into it, but I was determined to read it. Halfway through the book I got to where I didn't want to put it down at all, I just sat and finished the entire book in one day, a great book that I would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin Landis | 1/11/2013

    " "The Paradise War" by Stephen Lawhead is one of my all time favorite books. Lawhead weaves Celtic mythology and an adventure tale into an incredible tapestry. I read it and the sequel "Silver Hand" at least once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Thorley | 11/29/2012

    " Favorite Author, favorite series, what else is there "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 9/27/2012

    " This book was amazing. I was generally not a huge fan of this writer before this. Now I can't wait to get into book two. I'm surprised that this is so old and that no one has recommended it to me before now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misha | 5/19/2012

    " This series about a modern-day man who gets sucked into a parallel Celtic fantasy world and becomes its mythic ruler is about as Marty Stu as it gets, and yet I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 12/4/2011

    " I probably would never have read this if Norm hadn't read it and talked me into it. I actually enjoyed it and I am going to have to read book 2. It is a trilogy. If you like Science Fiction, you will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 7/15/2011

    " Wonderful allegory/fantasy. My favorite series by Lawhead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 6/5/2011

    " Not my cup of tea "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/20/2011

    " Very mixed feelings and no desire to read any of the following books. Glad it was free. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 4/14/2011

    " This book, and this series, are one of Lawhead's absolute best! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 4/12/2011

    " Dragged on a bit too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaserWraith | 4/9/2011

    " Does not have the characteristics I usually look for when search for potential fantasy favorites (I like a magically powerful hero, 1 POV), but Lawhead's writing style is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.Lee | 4/6/2011

    " I really really liked this book. Is is more epic journey and less action adventure. The descriptive passages are gorgeous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 3/31/2011

    " Awesome fantasy fiction for a Christian Author. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 3/31/2011

    " This was the first book I ever read of Stephen Lawhead's and I was hooked. I've enjoyed other series that he has written but this one remains my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 3/27/2011

    " A celtic gods story was very different from what I've been reading. It was interesting and extremely entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 3/21/2011

    " The best book of the Trilogy. Books series that get into any sort of politicking and serious business after a really fantastical start lose me. This book however is great :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 3/3/2011

    " Okay I'm hooked......looking forward to reading the other two books in this Trilogy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/19/2011

    " This book was slow to start, then it picked up a bit, but then the narrator got very predictable and boring. It was a chore for me, but I kept at it because Geoff liked it so much. I don't think I'll be finishing the series. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as the King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King trilogies. Although born and raised in America, he was brought to England by his research into Celtic legend and lore and now resides in Oxford with his wife, writer Alice Slaikeu Lawhead.

About the Narrator

Stuart Langton is an award-winning theater, film, and television actor. He has been an audiobook narrator for more than ten years. He lives in New York City.