Review: Antiquitas Lost – Robert Louis Smith

Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Medlock Publishing; 1st Ed. edition (October 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 061546047X
ISBN-13: 978-0615460475
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Elliott – 15 Year old. A stranger in a strange land.
Sarintha – Young Princess trying to keep her kingdom together.
Hooks – A Susquat, a creature similar to what we call Bigfoot.
Marvus – Elliott’s Traveling Companion.
Jingo – Another of Elliott’s Traveling Companions.
Crosslyn – A Shamalan Priest
Woolf – A winged creature out to capture Elliott.


A young boy, with deformities of his hands and feet is always picked on by the boys in his town. His grandfather fills him with tales about a New Orleans of the past and encourages him to search through the basement. Thats when Elliott finds the portal to Pangrelor, a world of magic and strange creatures.


I think Mr. Smith, for his debut did a great job on characterization. Elliott was the reluctant hero out to discover his place in this new world. He does so against a backdrop of corruption.

Even the bad characters were multi-dimensional. As a reader, I could see their motives behind their actions, and you were able to get into their minds and see more of their background.

The novel drew me along on the journey as Elliott met winged creatures, wizards, sasquatches, and other creatures. The reader was also there for all the narrow escapes and battles that went along the way.

The novel was left open ended so here would be room for more stories, many more stories as it seemed involving Elliott and other worlds.

Each chapter was accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Geof Isherwood and these really added to the overall feel of the book. I think it’s a great fantasy, and I don’t recall any strong language in it. Due to intense situations though, I’d recommend it for those over 13.

It’s a tale in the classic style of fantasies such as Wizard of Oz, and I think when it’s released later this month you should pick it up. It’s definitely worth the price.

You can see our interview with Mr. Smith here.

About the Author

Robert Louis Smith, author of Antiquitas Lost: The Last of the Shamalans, has numerous degrees, including psychology (B.A.), applied microbiology (B.S.), anaerobic microbiology (M.Sc.), and a Medical Doctorate (M.D.). He serves as an interventional cardiologist at the Oklahoma Heart Institute. He is married and the father of two young children. He began writing Antiquitas Lost in 2003 while studying at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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About the Illustrator

Born in 1960 in Quantico, Virginia, Geof grew up on Maryland’s eastern shore, in Delaware and New Jersey, before his family permanently settled in Montreal, Quebec in 1971.

From the age of nine, Geof set his sights on becoming a comic book artist. While in school, he drew his own primitive series of comics about barbarians, superheroes and his teachers, which he then colored, stapled into book form and shared with his classmates.

From 1983 to 1998, Geof worked on Namor, The Sub-Mariner, Silver Surfer, Cosmic Powers Unlimited, all of the Conan books, Doctor Strange — Doctor Strange Annual No. 3 featured the debut of Geof’s own supervillain Kyllian Kells; Daredevil, G.I. Joe, The ‘Nam, Power Man/Iron Fist, Swords of the Swashbucklers, Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men Annual, Tales of Vishanti, Tales of Asgard, the graphic novel Revenge of the Living Monolith, as well as DC’s Suicide Squad and Barry Windsor-Smith’s Storyteller.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Leyane at FSB Associates for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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