I love to settle down at night to a good book. Recently I read “One Realm Beyond” written by Donita Paul. Cantor D’Ahma is the main character. He has waited and trained his entire life for this moment. The day when he can begin his quest to become a full fledged Realm Walker has finally arrived. To do this he must head out on his own, without his mentor, step through a portal, and begin his job to be a protector and a defender of 9 different realms. As part of his quest, he must find a dragon who will serve as his constant., a companion that will travel with him through the realms and help him in his adventures. The first dragon he meets is Bridger, a bumbling, happy dragon who has talents that Cantor does not want to recognize. Being warned not to choose the first dragon he meets as his constant, Cantor leaves Bridger continuing his search. However, Bridger is convinced that he is to help Cantor and be his constant, so he follows him on his adventure, annoying Cantor greatly along the way, but also being an enormous asset. Cantor also meets Bixby, a princess from another realm, who is also on a quest to become a Realm Walker. Together they discover that the Guild of Realm Walkers has become corrupt and they must work together to stop them. To help them stop this deceit and treachery they enlist the help of Dukmee, who is a healer and can also help them train in the ways of Realm Walkers.
This book for me was hard to get into initially. I found the descriptions hard to follow, and it seemed to jump right into the story without much background as to what was going on, how the society worked etc. Some sentences seemed out of place and I would have to read them a couple of time to determine what was trying to be said. Some descriptive sentences I never did “get”. However, after reading a few chapters, I did get into the story. I found that I enjoyed the characters as I got to know them. Each character has a different and unique personality that seem to work well with each other. I began to enjoy the plot, even though in some areas I thought it could be developed a little more. I found myself really enjoying reading the book. It is the first in a series, so the end does leave you hanging, with nothing really resolved. Overall, an o.k. read.
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