Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One Realm Beyond: Review

"Everyone knew Primen could do impossible things. If He were involved, then mountains might pick up their skirts and dance to the seashore.”

Cantor D’Ahma is finally initiated as a realm walker. He’s ready to fulfill his destiny, and for the first time, he has permission to journey between the realms on his own. Like all realm walkers, he must start by finding his dragon, but when he steps through into a new plane, the first thing he finds is—a talking haystack?

Then there’s the girl, the one who—actually, let’s just say you should always watch out for girls wearing tiaras. Like any Shakespeare play, this is a story where nothing is quite as it seems.

As I noted in my post yesterday, One Realm Beyond is the first book in Donita K. Paul’s new Realm Walkers series. I’ve read Paul’s DragonKeeper series, along with a couple other of her books, and have enjoyed them all.
For those who have read Paul’s DragonKeeper series—One Realm Beyond feels like a slightly slower opening to a series. In DragonSpell, the first DragonKeeper book, Kale is already on her way to a strange new life when she gets dragged into an ambush and a wild good chase and a dangerous quest. Here, Cantor jumps into his adventures almost immediately, only to take a detour of sorts on his journey to meet the real danger and excitement. There are certainly plenty of dangers and mysteries to keep the book going, but the first half of the story tends more towards hints and mysteries—mainly Cantor and his friends' growing doubts about the Realm Walkers Guild, which is supposed to be dedicated to protecting the realms. Like Paul’s other books, this is story as much about characters and personality and maturity as fast-paced action.

And Paul creates some very intriguing characters, from do-it-his-own-way Cantor to the dragon who absolutely does not belong to Cantor and beyond. In this world—or rather, this series of worlds for the lucky few to explore—just about anything can happen, and Paul does an amazing job both in creating and exploring her worlds.

Sound interesting? You can preview the first couple of chapters on Amazon, here. Or, feel free to check out some of the other posts on the blog tour:
[My thanks to Zondervan for providing me with a review copy of One Realm Beyond, in exchange for my participation in the CSFF Blog Tour.]


Jill Williamson said...

Nice review! I loved this: "...let’s just say you should always watch out for girls wearing tiaras."

Audrey Sauble said...

Thanks, Jill! Glad to have you stop by.

Krista M.V. said...

Hey Audrey! I was wondering if you could recommend some good classic books (in the medieval genre) that I might like to read? I'm trying to find something more historical, although I just checked out Beowulf. :)

Audrey Sauble said...

Since you mention Beowulf, Krista, I take it you mean books written during the medieval era, rather than fantasy or historical fiction in a medieval setting? That might take a separate post, especially since I consider medieval literature to be my specialty!

Just off the top of my head, though, I can think of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Spenser's Fairy Queen, not to mention the various Arthurian legends.

On the other end of things, Connie Willis wrote Doomsday Book about a time-traveler to medieval England getting caught in a plague--it's a very dark story, a bit exhausting emotionally, but very good for both the story and the history aspects.

Krista M.V. said...

Well, actually I didn't think about that. I guess I meant both. But I'd rather read something more historical than fantasy. :) I've read Robin Hood, not sure which version, but really liked it. :)

Okay, thanks. I'll take a look at them! :) Unfortunately I can only get one book at a time from the library.

How are you doing? :)

Audrey Sauble said...

I'll see what I can some up with for you! I've been doing well--been meaning to email you.

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