The CSFF Blog Tour is here! And we are reviewing Realm Walkers: One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul. I’m a big fan of her DragonKeeper Chronicles, so I couldn’t wait to check out this one. So without further ado:
Cantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms. But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment—finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone. With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.
Donita K. Paul returns with her style of creativity in Realm Walkers: One Realm Beyond. And I love her creativity. I never know what I’ll find when I’m venturing in one of her stories.
This one is written for a younger audience similar to that of the DragonKeeper Chronicles, which I love. And I LOVE young adult novels, but this one feels more middle grade. Perhaps the style felt a bit young for me, but I LOVE her DragonKeeper Chronicles. I think the difference with this one is that Cantor is 20 years old and Bixby is 18, and I expected a bit older behavior. Yet the contrast of different worlds where things don’t line up with our own, helped to ease the odd feeling. Perhaps their timelines don’t match our timelines. This is fantasy, after all.
The story started slow and wound its way to the end as we get to know some interesting characters and places. I loved the idea of the different plains called realms in the universe only accessible by portals through which the realm walkers are able to walk through. The realm walkers are responsible to protect and defend the realms, and to uphold the laws of Primen, the creator of the realms.
There was a lot of information to take in about the way the realms work and the purpose of everything. I feel that this story will be foundational to ones that are to come, and once we know all the ins and outs, we’ll have a deeper appreciation for all the adventuring these characters will do.
I definitely enjoyed getting to know the characters and I’m curious to see if Cantor will accept the dragon Bridger as his bonded companion (called constant), and if the dragon’s sister Totobee-Rodolow will emerge from retirement to become Bixby’s constant. Bixby is something else, lots of mystery. Like I said, this story is just the tip of the iceberg, promising lots of adventure and political intrigue for the younger readers and young at heart.
*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy from the publisher to read and review.
About the Author
Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”
She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.
“God must have imprinted ‘teacher’ on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.”
Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.
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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour and see what others have to say!
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Rebecca LuElla Miller
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