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 Bronwyn and Blayke, two young Realmists' who must leave childhood behind to face adventures ahead.
What lies ahead? Dragons of course! Talking dragons who have helped safe guard the world of Talia and who embody the ideas of grace and beauty.
Lister moves her characters ahead at a fast pace as they are chased by unseen assassins and hidden plots to prevent them from fulfilling their quest to save the world from impending evil. The villains are sufficiently slimy and evil and when one is defeated by our heroes or heroines one cannot help but shout… “Hah ha take that you creep!”
I found the characters in this story not only believable but very likable. Bronwyn and Blayke, the two young Realmist apprentices begin to grow up on the page right before our eyes. I found myself becoming quickly attached to them and their futures. The story line was fresh and exciting, and ended much too soon leaving me anticipating book two.
Bravo Dionne. Now back to the grind stone and give us the second saga of this delightful tale.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)