Friday, April 4, 2014
One Realm Beyond- Donita K. Paul
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: I had thought that this would be a much like Donita's other books, the Dragon Keeper Chronicles, which I loved. In some ways it was, but not enough to keep me wholly interested. The things that I didn't like included the dragons. The shape-shifting was not something I liked, especially with the forms they took (e.g. Hay bale, old dog, stretcher). I'm sure they were meant to be amusing, but I didn't think that they were. I was not too fond of Bixby either, who behaved like a juvenile.
What brought this book to three stars was Cantor. He was the only character that I could relate with, his being somewhat normal. I completely understood his insistence that Bridger was not his dragon. Why none of the other characters understood that is beyond me. ( I also liked Jesha, Bridger's cat). In the end, there were some laughs from situational comedy, and I think that tweens would love this story, I just could not get into it myself.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.