The Realm Walkers Return! Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul - Review

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(c.) 2015 by Zondervan
Title: Two Renegade Realms (Realm Walkers #2) 
Author: Donita K. Paul
Published: 2015 by Zondervan

About the Book:
"From bestselling author, Donita K. Paul, the second installment in a fantasy series that follows Cantor, a Realm Walker, chosen to battle the corrupt Guild.
In Two Renegade Realms, the second installment in Donita K. Paul's Realm Walkers Series, Cantor, Bixby, and Dukmee must band together to find the storied realm walker Chomountain after a devastating attack by the corrupt Realm Walkers Guild. But what they discover while traveling turns their mission upside down: the great wizard is not as he once was, and they must now find a way to restore Chomountain before they and he can restore the Guild once more."
The Artist Librarian Review:
I've been waiting to read Two Renegade Realms since I finished and reviewed One Realm Beyond!  Three years after the events of One Realm Beyond, all of our favorite characters are reunited for an important mission.  However, the legendary Chomountain isn't what they expected and the now rogue Realm Walkers will have to work together to avert a disastrous intersection of the realms.

With the time skip comes surprises such as Cantor's growth spurt, leaving him much taller than his peers.  It leads to a lot of fun moments when he reunites with his old friends.  Bixby, the daughter of royalty, is as bubbly and petite as ever.  I spent half the book trying to figure out if the author is planning to romantically pair her with Cantor.  They have a sweet friendship right now, along with several moments that feel like they're flirting with something more.  It makes me wonder why Mrs. Paul created such a height difference between the two ... (I'm sure it's intentional).  Scholarly Dukemee and Bridger, the slightly klutzy dragon, completes the entertaining ensemble cast.  Ending on a slight cliffhanger (again), it'll be interesting to see how this trilogy close (I'm assuming the title will have a "three" in it somewhere). ;-)

As someone who has read a lot of fantasy novels, the absence of a character list/glossary and a map was very noticeable.  I think the books could really benefit from their inclusion --especially if someone is jumping in mid-series or if it's been awhile since you read the first novel (like me).

While she often incorporates fantasy-type magic, there is always a creator or God-like figure that orders her fantasy worlds.  Though listed as teen fiction, I'd recommend Donita K. Paul's books to upper elementary students and older that love clean fantasy.  Her content is practically always "all ages appropriate" (think of her as a grandmother storytelling to her grandkids).

About the Author: 
Donita K. Paul retired from teaching and took up the mantle of grandma. She loves her new career as author of stories her grandchildren devour. Winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado, enjoying friends and family, pets and beautiful scenery. Her favorite part of writing is the readers.
[Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.]

Do you enjoy fantasy novels?  If so, what are your favorites and why?
The Realm Walkers Return! Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul - Review The Realm Walkers Return! Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul - Review Reviewed by The Artist Librarian on 6/16/2015 10:15:00 AM Rating: 5

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