Book Review: Worlds Beneath by K. A. Emmons

Worlds Beneath

About the Book-


I used to think that seeing was believing, but now, as I struggle to stay alive below the ravine, I begin to realize that – good or bad – I will see whatever I believe.

“Who are you, Icarus, that the earth opens its mouth to receive your blood?” Sensei’s words were my last thoughts before I fell into the bottomless ravine, plunging toward my own death, and bringing about Hawk’s at the same time. Or so I thought.

I woke up underwater. I awoke in a strange and unfamiliar world, filled with maze-like forest, shadows, and nightmares seemingly as vivid and dangerous as reality. I had no idea who I was, or how I got there – I couldn’t remember anything, until I remembered her: Hawk. The other half of my soul.

I knew that in order for her to stay alive, I had to survive and find a way out. But that’s easier said than done when you’re trapped in a realm as deadly as your every thought – and dominated by a hierarchy of ravenous wolf packs.

Alerted by a dream, I realize that Hawk has left the Dimension to come find me. For an instant, I rediscover hope. But that hope quickly burns to ash when I realize that we may not be the only ones down here. Someone else with a thirst for her blood may have survived the fall too. And I may have just lured her right into the jaws of a predator even fiercer than the wolves.

My Review-

If you don’t know Kate and her sister, Abbie, you’re missing out. They are some of the most driven, passionate people I’ve ever met, with mindblowing wisdom and inspiration flowing from them to whoever they reach. Kate’s stories (and I’m sure, Abbie’s too) are packed with wisdom and passion and understanding. Worlds Beneath Is no exception.

Worlds Beneath is the second book in The Blood Race series, and it continues the story of Hawk and Ion from book 1, The Blood Race. This book delves into their backstories (mainly Hawk’s), which is heartbreaking, but also beautiful at the same time. The secondary characters from The Blood Race were also brought back again and are gotten to be known a lot better.

Again, the world was so beautifully portrayed and described. Kate has a way with describing scenes that makes one feel like they’re in it without being too wordy. (About ¾ of the way through the book, it started to get a little bit slow, but it was still gripping.) The storyline, as well, was super unexpected and wildly fascinating: it was hard to put down.

(I’ll be honest, I have such implicit belief in Kate’s storytelling and need that to speak to the world that for a while, I didn’t even trust that she was going to end the story well. It was marvelous).

Not only was the story itself a beautiful story of love and truth, the message behind it was also such an important one. While it may not exactly be on the level of The Chronicles of Narnia, it is of similar connection regarding its message: it’s one that requires a lot of thinking post-reading thought.

(Also! I saw something Kate said that said that Book 3 would have quite a bit to do with Ireland, and I’m sO excited because Fin is just amazing and I HOPE–can’t wait–to see his story)

My Ranking-


Things Liked-

  • The message
  • The post-reading thoughts
  • The characters!!!
  • And their backstories!!!!
  • The scene descriptions
  • Such a well crafted story
  • okAY but that cover though?????
  • The title is sO gooooooooooooddddddddddddddddd and it makes so much sense!!!!

Things Disliked-

  • A bit on the lengthy side?
  • A bit of language, nothing explicitly written out, but there is some

Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.


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