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CSFF Blog Tour: One Realm Beyond

Posted by on February 17, 2014

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.

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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!

Julie Bihn
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Mike Coville
Pauline Creeden
Vicky DealSharingAunt
Carol Gehringer
Rebekah Gyger
Janeen Ippolito
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Emileigh Latham
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Donita K. Paul
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Jojo Sutis
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Jill Williamson
Deborah Wilson

18 Responses to CSFF Blog Tour: One Realm Beyond

  1. Rebekah Gyger

    I can’t wait to read this one either!

  2. sparksofember

    Sounds interesting. I also enjoyed the DragonKeeper Chronicles. Realm walking sounds like a neat concept. Kind of reminds me of the dream-walking in The Lives of Christopher Chant.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, dream-walking??? I’ve heard of book coming soon that had something to do with dream-walking, but now I can’t remember who it was/will be by. If I find it, I’ll come back and comment. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Donita K. Paul

    Thanks for being a part of the tour, Jennette. I’m glad you enjoyed the tale. creating a new world is a challenge. Let your imagination take hold of the bits and pieces I can tell you about. Once the world is in a book and in your hands, the story is no longer mine, but yours. That’s one of the things I like best about writing for fantasy readers. They participate with me in conjuring up impossibilities.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Mrs. Paul! Thanks for stopping by! I love how you put that, about the story transitioning to the readers. We definitely bring our experiences and views into reading. Something for me to think on. Thanks for sharing!

  4. sarahtps

    One Realm Beyond sounds cool. I’m looking forward to reading this!

  5. jwilliamsonwrites

    Nice review! I loved the storyworld and the characters too, especially Bridger and his cat.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Jill! Yes, I agree. And I so wanted to slap Cantor upside the head for his stubbornness in refusing Bridger, but I think Bridger will win him over…There is more to him and his cat than meets the eye, me thinks. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      • Emileigh Latham

        Me, too! It frustrated me that Cantor did not see what a gift Bridger truly was. And, I agree that I think Bridger’s charm will win over Cantor. 😀
        Great review by the way!

        • J.L. Mbewe

          Hi Emileigh! Thanks for stopping by! Maybe deep down inside Cantor knows, but I think maybe he feels cheated. He has spent considerable amount of time dreaming of finding “the one” for him and the adventure of finding that one, sounds kind of like Una from Heartless…hmmmmm….., that he misses out on the blessing right in front of him. Man, I’m getting excited about book 2 now. ha! Thanks for sharing!

          • Emileigh Latham

            I like that theory. It sheds Cantor in a different light when you think about his feelings in that way.
            I’m excited about book 2, too!

          • J.L. Mbewe

            Awesome! 🙂

  6. Julie Bihn

    Now that I think about it, I agree that the characters might seem a bit young in some regards. But Cantor was kind of sheltered, and I’m not sure Bixby is ever going to grow up, so it didn’t bother me in the book. 🙂 (Plus the last CSFF book had unusually mature young adults, so that might have clouded my expectations too.)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by! Very true. Cantor was sheltered considerably, and Bixby, well, she is special. Ha! There is so much more to her and I’m curious as to what secrets she is holding. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Krysti Kercher

    I couldn’t help feeling the tone was a bit edgier (even with Cantor being so sheltered) than Donita’s other YA novels, but we’ll have to see, won’t we? Cantor, Bixby, Bridger, and Totobee are all such unique individuals with their own ways of dealing with life–

    Dropping by from the blog tour… 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Krysti, Thanks for stopping by! I agree. It did feel bit edgier. And that is a great point. We shall see how they cope with what’s happened at the end of the book, in the next one. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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