One Realm Beyond - eBook  -     By: Donita K. Paul
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Zondervan / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780310735830
ISBN-13: 9780310735830
UPC: 025986735838
Availability: In Stock
Series: Realm Walkers

Publisher's Description

In book one, a young boy named Cantor has the gifts to jump between the realms that make up his world, but when his first Realm Walker assignment encounters a rocky start (and a hard-to-work-with dragon), he must summon every skill he’s developed to battle the secrets that threaten his guild.

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  1. GraceThorson
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It’s whimsical, magical, and full of charm.
    May 6, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Cantor is destined for great things. He’s just been given the title of realm walker, and much is expected from him. His sacred oath to protect the realms is crucial to mankind. Leaving his mentor, Ahma, behind, he sets off for adventure. Cantor leaps through a portal on his first journey into a new realm, but this time as a true realm walker. As a young man, he finds the feeling of independence refreshing.

    On his trek, Cantor meets a clumsy, shape-shifting dragon by the name of Bridger – who is determined to become his companion. With a dragon on his heels, a talk of rebellion within the council of realm walkers, and a whole new host of whimsical creatures in his path, Cantor must bravely face his life-long journey as a realm walker.

    Choosing faith over fear, he must do whatever it takes to protect the realms, even if that means starting a fierce revolution within the council.

    {My Thoughts:}

    I’m an avid reader of fantasy – it’s my favorite genre. Most of what my bookish-mind devours is actually Christian fantasy with a twinge of medieval flair. Usually, these consist of sword-fighting, castles, kings, and the fight between good and evil. I often try to stay away from any book that incorporates too much magic (this is difficult to do), and I often find Christian fantasy to be allegorical – which is what I prefer.

    I was eager to pick up One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul. She’s well-known for her stories on dragons. I’ve never read any of her books, but I’ve noticed her passion for writing fantasy. I was not disappointed with this one. My expectations of her writing were indeed met. Cantor’s story engulfed me. My mind was filled with amusement, fear, joy, and sadness. I connected with all of the characters and was drawn into their plight.

    I was struck with this book’s unique take on the story’s structure. It lacked any obvious plot path. Like a true adventure, I didn’t know what to expect in One Realm Beyond. The weaving of the story surprised me, and I really enjoyed that feeling of being left hanging in mid-air from it.

    It’s allegorical in that there’s a being that watches over the realms: Primen. The characters also visit a “sanctuary,” and sing songs – a-kin to a church service. Some of its meaning is easy to ascertain, but other parts may be hidden. I want to go back and chew on what I read. I don’t want to miss any significant part. Overall, it’s not preachy, but balanced well.

    The tale left me hanging at the end, and I wanted to continue reading. It was so hard to let go and put it away with my stack of books. I am now impatiently waiting for Donita’s next title to be released – which I hope will be soon! In the meantime, I fully intend to check out her other collection of works.

    Well done, Donita. I’m impressed. You’ve won a new fan.

    I highly, highly, completely, and definitely recommend One Realm Beyond to fantasy readers. As with most fantasy, there’s violence, tense situations, and a guarantee that you will be drawn into the story. One Realm Beyond not only made it in my top reads of this year, but in my top reads ever list! It’s whimsical, magical, and full of charm. A must read!

    {This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.}

  2. Jelly
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good character development
    April 29, 2014
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    I'm not a big fantasy lover, but this story carried me along. It's like taking reality and adding a lot of fun to it. I'd pass this along to friends of all ages, Christian or non. Donita K. Paul has created a set of characters who are distinct from each other, well drawn, enjoyable, and make for great relationships.

  3. MaryA
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One Realm Beyond will not disappoint fantasy lover
    April 26, 2014
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Two young people ready to spread their wings and take on the challenge to become realm walkers set out on a quest with a checklist and a plan. But when things don’t happen according to their expectations, and they are joined by unlikely companions, their plan begins to unravel while a bigger picture is revealed and the real adventure begins. And since this is book one, this is just the beginning of the battle between the good and evil taking place amidst the realms.
    This story typifies Donita K Paul’s writing style. She sets her characters out to accomplish a task but the real story takes place on the way. They must learn to adapt to whatever life throws at them while they grow in their skills and knowledge before finally nearing their initial task.
    I love the mix of companions from a petite but spunky young heroine, a naïve but strongly convicted young hero and two Mor dragons – one who is always one tale whacking away from disaster and his sister who is a diplomat with a talent for persuasion and fashion. Their vast differences compliment each other’s weakness but their interchange makes for some interesting events. Like when you try to move an enormously growing but knocked out dragon in a too small wooden cart.
    Sure to be as much of an adventure as the Dragonkeeper series, the Realm Walkers will not disappoint fantasy lovers. Jump in, cross the realms into One Realm Beyond.

  4. Ragdogs
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, but a slow read....
    March 30, 2014
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3

    The Synopsis:

    “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.”

    My Review:

    Before I write what I thought about the content of this book, I will say that the cover is gorgeous! The cover is actually what hooked me into reading it, I had decided I was going to review it before I read the synopsis…..

    Okay, now that this has been said, the book itself was kind of slow in my opinion. It took almost half the book before anything “bad” happened. Yes, there were some challenging dilemmas in the beginning, but nothing of consequence happened, making everything look really easy. Everything also happened really fast (I don’t know how I can say the book was too slow and too fast, but I just did, so, hopefully you know what I mean….). I also didn’t like that I would be reading one chapter and then the next chapter was taking place over a month later without any warning, that left a lot of confusion on my part.

    However, the characters made up for the loss of conflict. I loved each and every one of the characters, as well as their personalities. The detail was also great and I could easily picture what was going on. Even though the book is kind of slow, it is a good story, and I will most likely read book 2 when it comes out. I do recommend it to fantasy lovers, as well as my friends.

    Thanks for reading!

    “I received this book from Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

  5. Maria
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    February 26, 2014

    One Realm Beyond is the first book in the Realm Walkers series by Donita K. Paul. This story will capture your interest right from the beginning, and the characters were well done especially the unusual dragons. They were one of the best parts. At first, I didn't like how the author switched the main characters first person view. It came as a complete surprise to me, but I got used to it and ended up liking it. Also the story read so simply I was confused and had to double check that it was teen fiction! Even though it read like it was for a younger audience, I was able to enjoy the story and characters. This is a series that you will have to read in order as it is really one continuous story.

    Cantor D'Ahma has been training to be a realm walker ever since he was a little tyke. At twenty he is finally ready to realm walker on his own, and his first stop is the dragon realm to find his dragon who will be his constant for life. Bridger is sure that he is the dragon Cantor is looking for, but Cantor is dismayed by him. Bridger isn't at all what he envisioned for his constant and is irritated that he keeps following him. Then he meets Bixby, another realm walker who excels at almost everything.

    Bixby is an eccentric character with many talents and has been tutored by experts in many different fields. She meets Cantor and later Dukmee and they all have one destination in mind. Gilead. It's where they need to register with the Realm Walker Council, but it doesn't take them long to realize there is something fishy going on with the Guild. Why are all the realm walkers abusing the people? And why is everyone so afraid of the Guild?

    As they study to pass the requirements to be a realm walker, they discover an evil plot. Can they stop it before thousands of people die?

    This was an easy read full of lightheartedness with a dash of seriousness throughout. The story moved pretty slowly, but began to pick up near the end. I like the uniqueness of it and am looking forward to the next book. :-)

    I was given this book free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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