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.
“She always pulled the crap assignments. Maybe if she quit being so cursed good at her job they’d quit calling her.”
Realm Walker isn’t the best book, nor is it the best story. It isn’t the best written. The characters aren’t amazing. The worldbuilding isn’t anything special… Yet everything combines within the book just right, just enough to make it special to read. I don’t know what it is. It just contains that indefinable quality that makes me love it.
Juliana Norris is dark fae half breed who works as a Realm Walker tracking down supernaturals who have gone rogue in some way and endangered others. She is also an angry little thing. Mad at the world. Mad because her mate, Thomas, left her shortly after their mating ceremony. Yet despite all that anger, she has managed to make a new life for herself. She has become strong and independent.
Until Thomas decided to come back into her life. Thomas Kendrick is an old vampire. He isn’t exactly a very typical old vampire that you have seen a hundred times before, but he isn’t not that, either. And Thomas loves Juliana desperately. So when she asked for time he gave it to her. 7 years of time. Yet Juliana didn’t want him to go away, she just wanted him to stop moving so fast. And now he is kicking himself for leaving, for not coming back sooner. For letting what happened to Juliana happen to her because of his absence. Coming back hasn’t gone exactly how Thomas imagined it, not at all.
The story in Realm Walker is a pretty basic urban fantasy story. They’re tracking down a demon who is causing problems and possessing people. There really isn’t anything special about it in the long term. Indeed, the world isn’t anything special either. It isn’t bad, it just isn’t special. I’ve seen it all before. Vampires, fae, demons, gods. You’ve probably seen it all before if you read urban fantasy at all. Yet just because it isn’t special doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. This is a classic example of keep it simple. It works because it is simple, because it is basic. Because it isn’t anything you’re not expecting as a reader.
I guess really what I love so much from this book is the romance between the two characters. Thomas’s leaving and expecting to be welcomed with open arms. Juliana’s being mad at him, but wanting him anyway, loving him anyway. Finding out what happened when Thomas left, and his reaction to learning what happened. I just loved it. There is just something about this book that works for me.
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