To go along with my participation in the CSFF Blog Tour of One Realm Beyond, today I present my review of the book. Quick disclaimer, I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. I will do my best to present an honest review without giving spoilers.
I must confess, this is the first book from Donita Paul I have read, but it will not be the last. Not only do I plan to keep up with the Realm Walker series as she writes them, but I would like to read some of her other books. This may be given away my over all opinion that after reading one book I want to read more from the author, but I wanted to give credit to a wonderful author.
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. (amazon)
Donita Paul creates a fun filled world with an interesting concept of flat realms, stacked on top of each others and realm gates that open between them that walkers can travel through. It allows Donita to create any scenario needed to present story elements. It also opens up an unlimited amount of adventures to be used across the series.
One of my favorite part of this book is the idea of the Mor Dragons. Dragons are a staple of fantasy stories, but Donita’s Mor Dragons are unique. In particular, Bridger’s sense of humor is much appreciated and adds some real entertainment.
The story is presented in a ageless way. As a parent, I appreciate when I find a fantasy story I can share with both my kids. Even the battles and more series parts of the story are presented in a way that anyone of any age would be able to grasp.
There are several supporting characters that I feel should get more exposure in future books and I look forward to seeing them grow. There is enough variety in characters that you are sure to find one to connect with.
Over all I give this book a 4 out of 5. I look forward to reading this book again just before realm walkers 2 comes out. Do yourself a favor and go get a copy of this book, clear your schedule and devour it. You will thank me for it.
Until next time…