One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, Book Review

This month the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring the young adult fantasy novel One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, the first book in a new young adult fantasy series. Today I’m posting my book review.


Review by Jill Williamson


Cantor has trained his whole life to be a realm walker. He sets off through a portal on his first solo journey and is immediately caught up in an adventure. And while he makes new friends with another realm walker and two dragons—including one who likes to shop—he also discovers that the world is corrupt. Even the members of the Realm Walkers Guild cannot be trusted. There are few heroes left in all the realms, and Cantor and his new friends step up to the challenge.

This book was delightful. Donita K. Paul has crafted a complex and whimsical storyworld. I loved how her realms sat on different planes and were shifting dangerously. I loved the portals that enabled realm walkers to travel between the planes. And, most of all, I loved the shape-shifting dragons, especially Bridger and his cat. Just mentioning some of these fun facts to my children got them excited to read the book for themselves. (My daughter is especially intrigued about the dragon’s pet cat.)

This is a story about characters. The plot unravels slowly, building the storyworld and setting up the rest of the series, but the characters each grew in this story. And I look forward to seeing what happens to them next. This is a wonderful new series for readers, both young and old. Give it a try.

Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: fantasy
Part of a Series: book one in the Realm Walkers series
Pages: 414
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: 2014


You can read the first few chapters of One Realm Beyond in the Scribd box below. And if you’d like to find out what other bloggers are saying about this new fantasy series, check out these links.

Julie Bihn  Keanan Brand  Beckie Burnham  Mike Coville  Pauline Creeden  Vicky DealSharingAunt ● Carol Gehringer ● Rebekah Gyger ● Janeen Ippolito ● Jason Joyner ● Carol Keen ● Krystine Kercher ● Emileigh Latham ● Jennette Mbewe ● Shannon McDermott ● Meagan @ Blooming with Books ● Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews ● Rebecca LuElla Miller ● Joan Nienhuis ● Nissa ● Donita K. Paul ● Audrey Sauble  Chawna Schroeder ● James Somers ● Jojo Sutis ● Jessica Thomas ● Steve Trower ● Shane Werlinger ● Jill Williamson ● Deborah Wilson


One Realm Beyond by Zondervan



5 Responses to “One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul, Book Review”

  1. Jennette says:

    Oh, I love how you put it: “This is a story about characters. The plot unravels slowly, building the storyworld and setting up the rest of the series, but the characters each grew in this story.” I totally agreed and way more eloquent than how I said it, or at least that is what I was meaning. Ha! Yes, I am anxious to see how these characters will grow. There’s definitely a sense of foreboding interwoven from the beginning. It will be interesting to see how the story continues. 🙂

  2. Sparksofember says:

    Wait – a dragon with a pet cat? Now I must read it, too! lol 😉

  3. Emileigh Latham says:

    I agree with Jennette. You wrapped it up nicely in that last paragraph.


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