Book Review: One Realm Beyond

Cantor D’Ahma has waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift, 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 first steps through a portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are not as safe as they once were, and members of the Realm Walkers Guild have become corrupt and can no longer be trusted. To make matters wrose, his first assignment–finding a dragon to assist him on his quest–has led him to one who is clearly inept.
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 can his skills progress in time? And will Cantor remember where his true allegiance lies?

First of all, the cover of this book is delicious!
A good balance of color and movement.
Lots of details from the book so that when I finished I could go back and spot my favorite tidbits. ๐Ÿ™‚

Donita K. Paul has a real gift for creating worlds,
and One Realm Beyond is no exception.
Dragons, portals and realm walking…oh my!
Her story world is very rich,
and very unique.
Loved it!

I was also really impressed with the female protagonist, Bixby.
She was very strong and so creative.
Truly made me want to know more about her.

I wasn’t as connected to Tyrin as I wanted to be,
and it took me awhile to get attached.

The story was good,
but the jumping point of view was sometimes distracting,
(even for me who reads ย a wide range of fiction with lots of shifts in the writing).

Also, Tyrin’s quest was…rambling,
and, although the ending was good,
it didn’t completely satisfy because I didn’t really understand Tyrin’s goals.

All in all though, Paul is a wonderful writer,
and the story still managed to catch my fancy.
When I finished I wanted to know what happened to the colourful cast of characters.

I would recommend this book to those who love rich story worlds and solid characters.
The book is clean with nothing terrifying,
and although there is conflict it is safe for the younger YA audience.

I give this book:ย fivestarsย fivestarsย fivestarsย fivestars

A great read from a great author!
I look forward to reading more. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can learn more about Donita K. Paul here.
You can pick up her book here (or here in Canada).

Happy reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

2 thoughts on “Book Review: One Realm Beyond”

  1. I’ve had my eye on this one. I love Donita K Paul’s books, although I haven’t found any that were as good as her original dragon series. And you’re right, the cover is visually stunning.

    Thanks for being my guinea pig and reading it for me! LOL

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