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One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul

This review was written by a Redeemedreader intern and high school student.  Thanks, Grace!

One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul.  Zondervan, 2014. 416 pgs.

  • Reading Level: Young Adults, 12 – 14
  • Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12 – 14) and up   

There is a place where dragons and humans live side by side, a place with realms, and realm walkers.  This world is filled with magic, wizardry, and adventure.  It’s also a world with a fine line between right and wrong, which most chose not to notice.

In this far off land, a teenage boy named Cantor sets out to find his constant (i.e. good friend), in this case a dragon who aids in adventure. Along the way, Cantor meets a talented girl named Bixby.  The two become friends, learn to rely on each others strengths, and continue their search for constants.

While finding a constant always sounded like an easy task, it turns out to be complicated.   Realm Walkers are supposed to be whole-hearted followers of God, but Cantor learns that many have fallen.  The Guild that is supposed to keep the realms safe and happy has become corrupted by greedy hearts.

With two tag-along dragons and a cat to stir things up, Cantor and Bixby set out to fight for justice.  Together this unlikely but gifted group of friends face obstacles and challenges and soon realize the importance of true friendship.

One Realm Beyond is a fun, fast-paced book full of adventure, friendship, and surprising twists along the way.  It will keep readers on the edge of their seats while also touching on important life lessons.  This book is recommended for readers mature enough to handle the dark concept of the way corrupted leaders can destroy out of a hunger for power.  It is a good book for both boys and girls because of the diverse characters.

  • Moral/Worldview Value: 4
  • Artistic Value: 4

Cautions: Violence (not graphic)

Book received as ARC from the publisher in return for a fair review.  

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