Really enjoyed the first book in the realm trilogy by SR Manssen

Disclosure: I know the author and don’t regularly read fantasy fiction. For these reasons I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book – it’s fast paced, detailed (where it needs to be), and with a great sense of urgency and adventure. I liked and believed in the characters, and although they were not developed in great detail, the book really works. I found it hard to put down after the first couple of chapters. It reminded me of a recent teen fantasy fiction from renowned NZ author Maurice Gee. I’ll be recommending it to my teen and mature-reader 12yr old. Hopefully they don’t wait as long as I did to try fantasy fiction! – Karen Fehl