Shadows of the Realm

  • Title: Shadows of the Realm
  • Author: Dionne Lister
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  • Page: 235
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    Shadows of the Realm

    About Dionne Lister


    1. I m a fantasy and suspense author with an associate degree of creative writing, and I m a member of SFWA My other day job is editing fiction and non fiction while my cat sits on my lap.I love writing and sharing my stories, but I wish they wouldn t keep me awake at night.I also write women s fiction under the pen name Eloise March.


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    1. Dionne Lister s Shadows of the Realm starts out with a scene that grabs you, and does not let go, even after you ve finished reading Exceptional in the fact that it is a completely unique novel, Lister creates a new world that is so realistic, it makes the reader want to grab a ticket and head over for a nice permanent vacation I fell in love with the characters, and was disappointed when the novel ended, and am ready for I will be impatiently waiting the rest of the books in the series, and am [...]

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    2. Bronwyn and Blayke are two realmist local mages apprentices of their distant relatives A great threat is coming to the land of Talia which forces their masters to go on a long and perilous journey Is sounds clich , but I cannot say anything without giving away some spoilers, but I will say that the plot is not what I made it sound like.This is the author s first major work and as such it has some rough edges, but nothing too serious On the positive side, the magic system is very interesting and [...]

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    3. Your fantasy shelf will dance with joy when you bring home this epic fantasy Beautiful world building caused everything to seem so realistic that I was not once pulled from the story A story that was filled with magic and dragons If you enjoy fantasy then you will love this book You will feel as if you ve made some new friends and when you lift your head from this book you ll be surprised to find no magical beasts sitting at your feet.

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    4. I picked up this book knowing a little of what to expect, dragons, adventure, good vs evil I started reading and then could not put the book down until I had finished I lost track of time reading it.The book centers around a secret group called Realmists, possessed of magical powers who are sworn to protect their world, Talia, from the evil race that exists in another realm This race once lived on Talia and were banished, but are determined to return.The book contains a surprising variety of cha [...]

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    5. Dionne Lister s first fantasy novel introduces a new and original voice in epic fantasy, and even though the book is labeled a YA novel the story gives plenty of time to develop the adult characters, who become richer with intrigue I d say the book is successful at reaching for audiences of any age, YA or adult Some of the adult themes and horror elements are suitably gruesome, the villains depraved in their single minded search for sustenance I won t talk about the plot, beyond the need for th [...]

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    6. This is a fabulous fantasy tale I m so glad it s the first in a series because I really didn t want the story to end There is a race against time to stop the evil inhabitants of the Third Realm destroying the world of Talia.Bronwyn and Blayke, two young realmists, have been enlisted to help The Circle in the struggle to save Talia.The book is well constructed showing the two young realmist s journeys Bronwyn is travelling with her aunt, Avruellen, while Blayke is travelling separately with his u [...]

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    7. Shadows of the Realm for me was a good book and kept me enraptured enough to not want to put it down It s also the first novel I have read fully on my iPad which is saying something as I much prefer the feel of a book in my hand and all other novels on my iPad have remained unread This is author Dionne Lister s first novel and it is a good first book It did keep me engaged and wondering what would happen next and it was fairly original which can be hard in a fantasy novel I don t remember any ot [...]

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    8. Author Dionne Lister has created something wholly unique and unexpected in her debut novel, Shadows of the Realm The words are as dazzling as the cover I found her use of realms and magic, a fresh perspective in the age old struggle between good and evil The author reimagines dragons brilliantly, making them sentient, thoughtful creatures the equal of humans in compassion and rage But, than that her understanding of the period that feels long ago draws you in and won t let go Lister knows horse [...]

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    9. This debut novel is the first of a series The Circle of Talia and is a smooth reading, delightful, high fantasy Even readers who don t usually head for the fantasy shelves can find much to delight in here, as did I The writing is excellent, and author Dionne Lister deserves much than five stars for her ability with lyrical description, which makes the reading flow so well.The characters are superbly delineated, and the action is realistic and intriguing A good balance is achieved between destin [...]

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    10. Dragon s are one of those creatures of fantasy I have always had an attraction too I drew them, collected cards with images on them and instead of reading Judy Blume at the age of 11 I was reading Anne Dragonrider series right along with my horror books Sure, an odd duck for a preteen girl, but than again I also played hostel take overs with my brother s GI JOE with the Barbie collection with the occasional Jedi Mind trick of having Barbie serve GI JOE tea again odd duck me I played Dungeon and [...]

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    11. Fantasy is trite.I carried this opinion with me for a number of years, despite in my youth being a very avid reader of the genre Something happened, as I got older, that left me soured and embittered on the genre as a whole It was all the same You changed the characters, you changed the themes, but as a general rule you could count on a number of things being universally true about all fantasy novels All stories were about the youthful and inexperienced There was always a wise old mentor Dragons [...]

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    12. It is some time since I read a fantasy book in the Tolkein vein While I am a longtime admirer of the sword and sorcery writings of Michael Moorcock, Tolkein himself has always left me cold impressive if verbose world forming but too many seemingly endless journeys and at least to my mind laughably naive and one dimensional female characters.So I must admit, I approached Dionne Lister s Shadows of the Realm with a degree of trepidation Many of the elements of the Tolkein epic feature strongly the [...]

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    13. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I think Shadows of the Realm is a very entertaining read As I progressed through the book, I wanted to learn about the many characters that were introduced I think the fantasy world in which the Realm was set was different and interesting, and the interweaving of the various strands of character action made sense I liked the fact that there were both human and otherworldly villians in the story.While I am certainly not an expert wr [...]

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    14. Wow Let me say again Wow It is not often that you find talent stepping out of the shadows to stand beside authors such as Lewis, Tolkien, or McCaffrey I will not be surprised to see Lister join the ranks of the great fantasy writers who have become household names Dionne s new book Shadows of the Realm starts with a flourish immersing the reader into action from the start and keeping pace throughout the story Intrigue is your constant companion as you travel the long dusty roads of Talia with Br [...]

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    15. I won a copy of this book and yes, I was lucky The story is steeped in imagination, magic and enchantment, with characters that bring it alive in the most realistic way.The writing is superb, with wonderfully rich descriptions, creating fantastic detailed worlds The building of characters was excellent, so that readers have no choice but to care about what happens to themoting for the good and hating the bad and with the right degree of uncertainty I also found the story original in parts and wa [...]

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    16. This book is rated YA, I think it s appropriate for adults to as I am one At first I thought it was going to be scary and bloody, but it s so full of fantasy and adventure that you want to just jump in and live it with all it s colorful characters The Realmist are humans who can change themselves into animals and have various magical powers The dragons are described with such colorful descriptions, characters wise and color wise you can imagine them yourself The dragons have their own beautiful [...]

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    17. Adventure and reaching into a puddle trying to grab a frog is something I know about Who would guess that I was a tomboy growing up I know about thunder booming and rain falling before being able to get to shelter One thing I am glad I don t know about is giant creatures bellowing screams like the ones that assaulted Blayke When Blayke is asked, How would you feel about leaving this paradise tomorrow He answers, I ll start packing I especially liked the journey the author takes her characters on [...]

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    18. This book captured my attention from the very first In my opinion, and I have read many, many fantasy and otherwise books, this new author, Dionne Lister has the potential to rise to Anne McCaffrey, Jim Butcher, and other great traditionally published authors What makes her truly exceptional, is the fact that she is an indie author This book will have you laughing, crying, at the edge of your seat in anger and fear It is well worth the time to read.

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    19. Writing style not for me

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    20. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Epic fantasy is not generally my genre of choice The stories are great but I prefer something that follows a faster pace and epic fantasy seems to take longer to get to the next exciting part I loved this book though even though it was an epic fantasy I fell in love with the characters easily and the plot was easy to follow The concept of the story is a time honored tradition of there is bad out there and the good guys must journey [...]

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    21. To start off with, I really enjoyed this book, it was, fun, interesting and the relationship between the families reflected actual family relationships.Positives of the book I liked the way that the story was told from different characters points of view It created a higher insight into what was going on in different parts of Talia and how they were all working towards the same thing, just from different areas The characters were engaging and you could relate to some, love some and hate others T [...]

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    22. Shadows Of The Realm is a beautifully written story from the multiple perspectives of a very endearing band of characters I had my favourites, but it s hard not to love this well drawn bunch for how they work collectively The characters are diverse ranging in age, race and animal species The author could focus on any of them and make a solid tale a rich and promising way to begin a series But it s not just the individual characters it s the relationships between young and old, human and animal E [...]

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    23. This was a great read It contained all the epic fantasy I could have asked for.The story is told from the perspective of several groups of Realmists the magicians who draw their power form the second realm who are converging on the Dragon city to fight to save the world from the evil Gormons from the outer realm.It was engaging and kept me reading when I should have put it down and gone to sleep The author has created a cast of characters that kept my attention throughout I found that I had to k [...]

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    24. This was a great book I am new to this genre and I wasn t sure what to expect, but Dionne Lister is wonderful at drawing readers in to the fantasy I would definitely recommend this book and I hope a sequel comes to us soon

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    25. A free ebook I liked it and have now to think about buying the rest of the series.

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    26. Shadows of the RealmBook 1 of The Circle of TaliaWritten by Dionne ListerReviewed by Author Roy MurryMs Lister has written a jewel of a young adult fantasy story for the reader who enjoys an adventure with imagination The plot draws the reader in from the get go, by setting the ground work for a series a young reader will want to complete.Our young protagonists are Bronwyn and Blayke At the age of eighteen, they re sent on separate paths towards their destiny by The Circle of Talia Their antagon [...]

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    27. I unfortunately had to DNF Shadows of the Realm I found there were large information dumps for the first several chapters that weren t even that related to what was going on with the characters The one chapter that focused on the dragons showed them in a ridiculous light I had images of dragon kings sitting on benches just try picturing that in your mind and tell me you didn t chuckle , overly dramatic language mixed with very informal the dragons apparently like to speak in fancy terms like the [...]

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    28. Jump into a world of fantasy Brilliant world building that really took me to another world The breathtaking imagery had me eagerly devouring each word I really enjoyed the imaginative world and its memorable inhabitants Filled with adventure, intrigue, and dragons you will not want to put this book down The voice of the story was beautiful and fun It really drew me into the heart of the story I love the intricate plot of the story and seeing this new world through the eyes of the two characters [...]

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    29. This is the first fantasy novel I have read and I was not sure what I would make of it but I really got pulled into it The story got and fascinating as I read The characters grew on me quite quickly, especially Fang The universe that Dionne Lister has created here is moorish Sometimes I ve found stories can get bogged down when describing a setting but here those details were well woven into the story.This is the first in a trilogy I believe and I am absolutely looking forward to following thi [...]

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    30. Shadows of the Realm is a bright portal into a fantastical tale of dragons and enchantment Lister s power with description and the smooth flow of her writing, pull the reader into an incredibly detailed plot where forces of good are facing off against forces of evil One thing that is particularly entertaining about the book is the engaging nature of each character, against the backdrop of amazing settings A reader might wonder if the author has somehow traveled to the locations in her story and [...]

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