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. :-)
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