One Realm Beyond
Written by Donita K. Paul
Published at Zondervan
About the book
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.
I hesitated when I requested this book to review because I had not clicked with another title from the author. But I figure if one book was not a good fit for me it didn’t mean that another title from the same author would have the same effect on me. Besides the idea of “walking” from one realm to another was interesting. After all, when do you come to contact with other dimensions/realms? In science-fiction. And I really enjoy that kind of theme in science fiction. So I figure I would enjoy it in fantasy as well.
Well, let’s be honest with each other from the bat. I didn’t enjoy the book. For some reasons I can’t connect with the characters in any shape or form. I tried a few times to pursue the reading of the story but every time I get disconnected. Not sure if it is the fact that I have trouble reading the names of the characters, the way the author writes or simply the storyline but this book is not a good read for me. Some of you might think that it is because the book is geared for teens but I have read other teen books in the past and really enjoy them. And it isn’t because it is a fantasy story because I have read other fantasy books as well and loved them. Through the years, I have found that if I quickly click with an author then I wouldn’t have any problems reading other titles from him/her. Clearly, I should have stayed away from other titles of Donita Paul since I didn’t enjoyed reading a previous novel from her.
Now, please keep in mind that because I didn’t enjoy the story and couldn’t click with it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t good. For example, I know an homeschooler whose son really enjoy the Donita Paul books. And my own kids might even enjoy reading her novels.
One Realm Beyond is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Zondervan for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.