Review: Realm Walker (Realm Walker #1) by Kathleen Collins

October 28, 2013 Review 0

Review: Realm Walker (Realm Walker #1) by Kathleen Collins

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.

Title: Realm Walker
Author: Kathleen Collins
Series: Realm Walker
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: October 28, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 189
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: one-flame

Juliana was broken hearted when her vampire mate left her seven years before.  Since he’s been gone she has become a Realm Walker and uses her gifts to keep people safe.  When Thomas, her mate, suddenly returns at the same time two demons are summoned to wreak havoc on the populous, Juliana has her hands full.

There are so many elements in this book; unique and fascinating characters, original world building and so much more. The loved how the story starts with you in the action and then we get the back story as we go.  Juliana starts off a little stiff but I quickly warmed to her.  We have to wait a bit to meet Thomas, her mate, and when we do meet him, he is a little standoff-ish. I understand why his character behaved the way he did but we get glimpses in his head so I would have liked more of an explanations of his action when we were there.

There are a lot of side characters introduced and sometimes I had trouble keeping them all straight.  It may have just been me having to put the book down and coming back to it that caused the confusion.  There were also occasions when the plot seemed to slow but I liked at times because it was like having little breathers all the way through.

My main issue isn’t really a complaint just a personal assumption was that this was more of a romance.  There is romance involved, Juliana is Thomas’ mate and he is back to claim her for good. However, there is very little actual romance between the two.  Juliana is so mad at him for most of the book that Thomas has no hope of getting lucky and towards the end they are too busy with the demon to have time.  I would have liked a little more romance between them but the way the book ends (no cliffhanger but definitely open for a second book) I have hope that there will be romance later on.  I am interested to see where Collins takes the series from here.

Realm Walker

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