An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…
As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets.
Most people don’t know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don’t know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don’t know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can’t reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.
She is currently hard at work on her next book.
I do love a bit of urban fantasy and Realm Walker really reminded me of the Keri Arthur books, great premise of supernatural creatures protecting the normal world, and had a very similar feel to her writing style – which is a massive compliment (Keri Arthur is one of my favourite authors)
Juliana was a little stiff as a character to begin with, but does warm up through the book. It is written third person and head hops – which I personally find confusing – Needless to say, not everyone has such a low attention span as me, so certainly not a reflection of Kathleen’s writing skills.
I must admit that the only thing that let it down for me was that, I didn’t really like Thomas. which could have been easily avoided with the early on ‘save the cat’ moment (for those not use to this expression, it’s the good deed committed early in the book which makes you like the character) He was arrogant and far too old for Juliana. I didn’t warm to him at all, which is a shame when the romance was a pretty solid central theme.
From a writer’s perspective, I felt the plot took a while to unravel which perhaps would put off an impatient reader. I do think it would have been better written first person from Juliana’s perspective – she was a well-rounded character that would have served the story better as the narrator, than as simply a participant.
Overall I’d give Realm Walker 4 out of 5 stars – although not what I would normally read (I prefer first person narrative) it was definitely worth the time.