I was contacted by the author of this book and sent a review copy in exchange for a honest review.
I must say I was a little apprehensive about this book. I had never heard anything about this author or the book. As I started reading I thought I may have made a mistake in agreeing to do a review.
It started kinda slow and I was having a hard time getting into the book. Before long that all changed and I was totally enthralled and wanting more. This book starts the story of Raine and Rennick Sherrill, twins that find out they have some great powers and maybe even a greater destiny than they could ever imagine.
I found The world created by the author fascinating. The world building and the magic system (Lani powers) touched on in this volume seem to be just the tip of the iceberg, and even greater things are yet to come. I found the story, after starting slow, demanded my attention and I was left wanting more.
The Characters in this book were fantastic. I was able to sympathize with the twins and Kanias, and become invested in their adventure. Overall a wonderful beginning to what looks to be one of the next great epic fantasy series. I am on to Volume 2 now, review coming soon!
Volume 1 & 2 of The Realmwalker Chronicles are OUT NOW!
Volume 3 coming soon!
About the book:
For over 3000 years, the Goddess Erta empowered a succession of mortals to champion and protect The Balance of Her world. These were the Realmwalkers.
Wielding all 17 Lani powers as well as the legendary Sword of Angios, each Realmwalker was the absolute guardian of Erta’s will. For centuries, the infinite line of these heroes remained unbroken and peace reigned.
But 100 years ago, when the last Realmwalker died, there was no Successor to take up the Sword. Erta had no protector, no one to shelter and defend The Balance against those wishing to offset it. For the first time since the abominable Realm Wars, those seeking control over the Four Realms were able to push for an advantage, throwing the Realms into chaos and conflict. Meanwhile, the mysterious and powerful Seraph continued their frantic and seemingly futile search for Erta’s missing guardian.
Living in an isolated community of outcasts, Rennick and his twin sister Raine struggle daily with decisions regarding their lives and what awaits them as they leave their childhood behind. After discovering the heartbreaking truth that their past is the key to Erta’s future, the Seraph Kanias imparts a new reality to Raine, that she is the next Realmwalker.
He convinces the twins to journey with him to the Temple of Erta, located on the slopes of the mountains called The Pillars of Natura. There, within the ancient strong hold, the Sword of Angios awaits the return of Erta’s defender.
As Raine begins the training that will prepare her to carry the burdens of a world on the brink of war, Rennick struggles with his own burden—protecting the life of the sister he loves. Feeling that even Raine’s most loyal allies are desperate to control her, Rennick must learn to master his own powerful abilities to ensure her safety.
In this new epic fantasy series, Lee Aarons tells the story of Raine and Rennick Sherrill, twins bound to the fate of their world by destiny, bound to each other by more than blood. Only when they uncover the truth about their past can they truly begin to harness the power of the Realmwalker and save Erta from those who seek to destroy it.Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 4th 2015 by Realmwalker Publishing Group
About the author:
At an early age, Lee was influenced by the classics Moby Dick, Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels, and Robinson Crusoe, when his grandfather gave to him illustrated versions of these books for his 10th birthday. While he loved the new worlds and adventure that each of those novels provided, he also loved the full page illustrations that were placed periodically throughout the book. It opened these worlds of adventure for him, and ultimately become the images that form in his mind when he thinks of those novels to this day.
It was reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time at the age of twelve which led him to discover his love for epic fantasy, including the works of Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, and Stephen Donaldson. He also continued to read and become influenced by a wide variety of other writers of different genres such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, and Edgar Allen Poe.
Lee Aarons first conceived his ideas about The Realmwalker Chronicles in 2004 while drawing a map of a world consisting of four nearly identical continents. He remembered that a cartography professor once told him: “Maps tell a story.” Looking at the map he drew, he asked himself: “What story does this map tell?” The Realmwalker Chronicles was the answer to that question.
As it was his desire to make illustrations and art an important part of the reader experience within adult fiction again, he teamed up with artist Spenn to develop and create the visual elements of the series. Additionally, they, along with Lee’s wife, English Instructor and writer Stephanie Mitchell, form the creative management team for Realmwalker Publishing Group. Working to not only bring their own various properties to market, they also provide creative consulting, marketing and editing services to emerging authors and artists desiring to self publish their own work.
Lee Aarons currently lives in Malcolm, Nebraska.