What's in a Name?"

Got a set of unique names for you today.  :]

If you have any requests for a specific name(s) or a set of names with a certain meaning (i.e. hope, brave, intelligent, etc.), don't hesitate to comment!


Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  O-ber-ahn

Meaning & History
Norman French derivative of a Germanic name, possibly Alberich, which comes from the Germanic elements alf "elf" and ric "power."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Italian
Pronunciation:  VAY-lee-ah, vay-LEE-ah

Meaning & History
From the Roman family name Velius, which possibly means "concealed" in Latin.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Native American, Mapuche
Pronunciation:  naw-WEL

Meaning & History
Means "jaguar" in Mapuche.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indian
Pronunciation:  rah-CHAH-nah

Meaning & History
Means "creation" in Sanskrit.

Names and meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

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A Word, Guv'na?

[to] blave
verb  to bluff, to lie. 

Not to be confused with "True Love."

In all reality, this is not an actual word in the English language, but was invented for the classic film, The Princess Bride.

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Film Review! {The Lost Medallion}

The Lost Medallion
The Adventures of Billy Stone
PG, 2013


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The journey of The Lost Medallion begins as Daniel Anderson (Kendrick, Fireproof, Courageous) visits a foster home to drop off a donation and is quickly roped into telling the kids a story.  Daniel tells the tale of Billy Stone (Unger, Disney XD's "Lab Rats) and Allie (Hanratty, American Girl), two 13-year-old friends who uncover a long-lost medallion and accidentally wish themselves back in time.  In order for Billy to save Allie's life, he must give up the medallion to the evil warlord, Cobra, (Dacascos, "Iron Chef," "Hawaii Five-O") who rules the island and its people.  In order to retrieve the medallion and save the island people from slavery, Billy and Allie must work together with a young arrogant king (Jansen Panettiere, The Perfect Game), his best friend, and a wise old man (Hong, Kung-Fu Panda).  Together, this unlikely group will learn not only how to work together, but when they do, great things can be accomplished.

WARNING:  Possible Spoilers

First off, this is an awesome, family-friendly movie.  Made by a group of independent film-makers and filmed in Thailand, this is an incredibly fun, well-made production.  One I would highly recommend to everyone!

[The Basics]
Our story begins with Daniel Anderson, who goes to visit the local foster home, where he himself was raised, to drop off a box of donations.  There, he speaks with the mistress of the house, a dear friend, who seems to be like a mother to him, and comes to know the names of the kids there and a bit of their backgrounds.  

Billy is a quiet boy, who rarely, if ever, speaks and always keeps to himself.   Allie is shy and self-conscious, lacking confidence in herself, and feeling she is an accident.  Huko loves the power of being in charge, even if it means the other kids hate him.  Among these, more children are loved and cared for by the good lady, who takes every opportunity to show them that someone does love them and that they are no mere accidents.

Unknowingly, and reluctantly at first, Daniel is pulled in by the kids to tell a story.  It soon becomes so much more, as he relates to his young audience that God loves them despite their faults, and they have the potential to be heroes of their own stories.

Daniel's story begins with the medallion, of course.  A king is crowned with a gem, and, because of his noble character, is gifted with the power that all he wishes for will come true.  By his orders, the crown is melted down into a medallion with the gem in its center, to symbolize that all men are created equal and that the king, while ruler of his people, is still a servant to them.  The medallion's powers become known and a feared warlord does all in his power to make it his.  

[Spiritual Content]
There is an underlying theme of Christ's love in this film, as shown by the foster mother and Daniel, as well as the sacrifice of another character (more on that in a bit) in Daniel's tale.  In the story, Daniel encourages the kids to value themselves as people--not to doubt their abilities and talents.  Friendship, teamwork, humility--all these play a large part in this tale.

Seeing as this film has the word "adventure" in its title, not to mention a warlord, there is a good bit of fighting amongst the characters.

The king, in an attempt to protect the medallion and his people, flees to the jungle to hide it.  He succeeds but is killed, offscreen (we see Cobra knock him to the ground and strike, but the camera flashes away to a new scene).

Cobra, said warlord, has fought to claim the medallion, an object of power, as his own.  With it, he will own the island and be its king, planning to use the natives as slaves for his mountain fortress.  On his pointer-finger and thumb, his nails are razor sharp, resembling the fangs of a. . . well, cobra.  He dips the tips into a small jar of poison and more than once we see him "strike" his intended prey in the neck (SPOILER -- a couple times, it's against his own soldiers).  Anyway, you get the picture, he is quite well-known for his killer attitude.

Allie, in a surprise attack, is captured by Cobra, who threatens to kill her for the medallion.  Billy gives it to him, and he and his friends jump off a waterfall to avoid capture.

[SPOILER] A man is shot in the chest by a cross-bow bolt, saving his young friend, Billy, who immediately shoots the attacker with his slingshot, hitting the man right between the eyes (he is knocked out cold).  The old man dies in his arms.  This is the only "graphic" scene in the whole movie.  No blood, but we see the bolt hit the man, who staggers and falls to the sand.

A battle rages in the fortress and on the grounds of Cobra's territory.  The bad guy soldiers carry large, curved blades or spears.  Men are punched and kicked.  

Two characters fall into a pit of. . . lava?  At least, I think that's what it is.  

A boy is tied to stakes and it is implied the bad guys mean to burn him alive.  He is saved by Billy.  Kids are tied and gagged, pushed around by soldiers, and imprisoned.  Slaves are seen in a huge cavern working with rocks and chisels, or preparing food.  

[Love-y Content]
It is obvious that Billy and Allie, best friends, care for each other, but not it the lovey-dovey way.  Billy gives up the medallion, without much hesitation, when Allie's life is threatened.

Allie "flirts" with the young, arrogant king, Huko, before she realizes he's a young, arrogant jerk.

In concluding, this film was impressive.  Far better than I expected. The picture and acting was professionally well done.  The story and morals were intriguing and had the effect of drawing you in.  At least it did so on me.  :]

Overall, an awesome, family-friendly movie!

Sadly, those can be quite rare. . . However, if interested, here is a list of similar movies you may want to look into:
(from Burns Family Studios; not the best quality, but a good story)
(Warning: contains a couple expletives) 


Good for all ages, as long as you are mindful of the peril and the obviously evil bad guy.

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Book Review [Moonblood]

Tales of Goldstone Wood #3
Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Publisher:  Bethany House
Genre:  YA
Released:  2012

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Moonblood Draws Near, and Soon the Dragons Will Wake

Desperate to regain the trust of his kingdom, Prince Lionheart reluctantly banishes his faithful servant and only friend, Rose Red.  Now she is lost in the hidden realm of Arpiar, held captive by her evil goblin father, King Vahe.

Vowing to redeem himself, Lionheart plunges into the mysterious Goldstone Wood, seeking Rose Red.  In strange other worlds, Lionheart must face a lyrical yet lethal tiger, a fallen unicorn, and a goblin horde on his quest to rescue the girl he betrayed.

With the Night of Moonblood fast approaching--when King Vahe seeks to wake the Dragon's sleeping children--Lionheart must discover whether or not his heart contains courage before it's too late for Rose Red. . . and all those he loves.

WARNING: Possible Spoilers

This is the third in a series of six of the Tales of Goldstone Wood.  And by far, it is the most intense.

[The Basics]
This particular story centers around Lionheart, prince of Southlands and heir to the Eldest's throne.  Ever since his timely return to his decimated city after five years of exile in which the Dragon ruled, the prince is hard-put to regain his citizens' trust.

A heavy burden of regret and cowardice weighs him down, though you might hardly notice it behind the mask he wears.  Despite the rumors and whispers behind his back, he seems to have everything working perfectly for him.  He is engaged to the beautiful Daylily, a baron's daughter destined to be a queen, the Dragon has left his homeland, the long rebuilding process is well under way, and his father's throne will soon be his.  Or so it seems.

The people of Southlands are convinced he has been ensorcelled by a demon, a witch, who comes in the form of a chambermaid named Rose Red, and who Prince Lionheart has declared is under his protection.  (If you have read the previous book, Veiled Rose, you will know of this girl's background and how she and Lionheart came to meet in a forest many years ago.)  Long story short, Lionheart reluctantly banishes Rose Red to the Wilderlands, which is merely a different name for the enchanted and mysterious Goldstone Wood, thus saving her from a hanging by the hands of his own people who have seen her for who she really is, a goblin child.  In his own mind, he seriously thinks he has done the right thing, for all he wants is the trust of the people and his dream come true: sitting on the throne of his father, as is his birthright.  He later learns that by exiling his faithful friend, he has unknowingly sent her to her death, and so sets out to make things right, no matter the cost.

[Spiritual Content]
This is a Christian novel, and every page bleeds the unconditional love and sweet forgiveness of Christ, in the form of fallen man--Lionheart, Rose Red, the goblins of Arpiar, King Vahe (just to name a few)--and the personage of Jesus, Prince Aethelbald of Farthestshore.

Lionheart struggles to redeem himself of his guilt and past sins.  In his vain attempts, he learns that he alone cannot win atonement for those sins, yet with the help of the Prince, he finds redemption, forgiveness, and the strength to defeat a Dragon.

Rose Red has lived her whole life veiled from the world, until that veil is torn to reveal the ugly features of her heritage and birth.  While on the outside she appears foul and loathsome, her heart is pure.  Though she fails at times to listen to the sweet words of the Prince, just as we ignore God and follow the ways of the world, Rosie eventually finds freedom and beauty of the inner soul.

Vahe, King of Arpiar and of the Veiled People, has craved the physical beauty his powers can offer and vows to veil the whole of the known world in the same way he has covered his realm.  In the end, blinded by his dream and the promise of power, he falls where even the merciful Prince cannot help him.

The Dragon, who represents Satan in every way, though vanquished in the previous book, still rules his realm of Death.  His children, once people of soul, now dragons of fire and destruction, sleep in the Village of Dragons, prophesied to be awakened on the Night of Moonblood.

Death's sister, Life-in-Death, is mistress of dreams.  She plays a huge part in this story as the one who will fulfill the twisted dreams of Vahe.

The people of the Wood, classified as Faerie, are practically immortal.  Essentially, they have three lives.  If killed three times, they die a final death and go on to the Final Water.

This can be a bit humorous, at times.  Instead of using familiar curse words that we would cringe at, Mrs. Stengl has her characters swear by a dragon and his teeth/eyes/whatever, a king/queen's name/beard, or by the name of the sun or moon.  For example, phrases like "Dragons eat you!" "Iubdan's beard!" "Lumé's crown!" and so on are quite common.

As in the other books, dragons are purely evil, just as Satan himself, also called the great Dragon, is evil.  We see ruined buildings and castles that have been destroyed by fire.  People and creatures are burned to nothing or left wounded by flames.  A goblin trader, whom we met in Heartless, cheats and deceives a man into taking a wrong Path.  Characters fight a Tiger lord in his domain, and one is severely wounded.  Another character kills one life of the Tiger, thus saving them, and another man wounds said Tiger by stabbing his eye.  Knife and swords slash, cut, and/or kill opponents.

Lots and lots of blood.

A unicorn, fallen offspring of Hymlumé (the Moon, wife of Lumé, the Sun), is enslaved by Vahe and forced to do his bidding.  This creature appears beautiful only to maidens pure of heart, but otherwise is a horrifying beast much like a bull covered in flames.  Side note:  This whole tale centers on the Night of Moonblood, where Hymlumé's children, the stars, turned against her to follow the Dragon, who spoke of such beautiful promises.  (Sound familiar?)  In following the Dragon, Death-in-Life, they turned against their mother, the Moon, and pierced her with their horns.  Hence, Moonblood.

A woman is burned by a dragon-man's hands, but later healed by the unicorn.  "Oo.  A twist.  But I thought it was evil!"  I'll leave that for you to discover yourself.

A dragon is pierced by this horn and dies.  A man, also, is pierced through the chest and dies.

A mother sacrifices her life in helping a prisoner escape enchanted chains.

[Love-y Content]
Nothing I can bring to mind. . .  A character hugs another, more out of comfort from the horrors seen.  Tough love is shown between a certain two knights of Farthestshore in their words and actions, but it is evident they care for each other.

A man kisses the cheek of a girl.

A great story.  An intriguing, one-of-a-kind tale.  And one I would definitely recommend, especially if you've already read the other two books.  This one kind of ties them all together.  You learn more of the characters' backgrounds, homes, and why this happened and how that came about.

All in all, a wonderful book!


Recommended ages:  13-15+

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Trust Me.

Whoa!  Two posts in one day?

But I just wrote a new poem and I had to share it.  

Trust Me.

I know naught of the future, 
My path is unclear.
Yet, on it He stands; 
My Rock, always near.
I whine and complain,
Displeased with my lot;
Then 'fore Him stand 'shamed,
For 'tis the world I sought. 
It shouts all the while:
"You'll never be free!"
But deep in my heart
A whisper says, "Trust Me."

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A Word, Guv'na?

[pro. ploo-vee-uhl]
Dictionary.com | Webster's 1828 Dictionary
adj.  1.  of or pertaining to rain, especially much rain; rainy, humid.
2.  Geology. occurring through the action of rain.

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I've Been Awarded!

Many thanks to the lovely Tane!  She has given me the Liebster and the Sunflower award.  

The Rules:
1.  link the blog that nominated you for the award.
2.  choose eleven bloggers to nominate that have less than 200 followers.
3.  answer the questions given to you.
4.  let the people who you've nominated know when you've done so.
5.  you can't nominate the person that has nominated you.
6.  create eleven questions for the bloggers you've nominated to answer.
7.  you must follow the blog that nominated you.

Lady Tane's Questions:

1. Do you like rainy days, or hot sunny days? 
      Hmm.  I like them both.  Rainy days are great for writing.  But I do love the sunshine.  

2. Do you prefer clothes shopping or accessory shopping?
      I guess clothes shopping. . .  Unless accessories count as books or movies! :D

3. What is your favorite movie?
      Oh my.  This is always a hard question.  I'll go with the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

4. Is your hair curly/straight/wavy?
      My hair is naturally wavy.  But I do like to straighten it. . . 

5. What date is your birthday?
      July 23rd.  

6. Do you like road trips?
      Yes.  Probably because we don't travel often.  In the USA, I would love to visit the northwestern states someday!  But internationally, I've always wished to go to Australia.

7. Do you prefer swimming in the ocean, or collecting shells?
      Heheh.  Maybe a bit of both.  I love boogie-boarding the waves, but once something slimy touches my foot. . . Look out, I may be the first to the shore.  ;D  It's been probably ten years since I've been to the ocean.  *looks longingly in whatever direction the sea would be*

8. Do you dread or look forward to bedtime?
      This depends.  If I am exhausted and can't keep my eyes open, I relish when I get to lay down in my bed.  But if I am restless, and my mind is going non-stop, I dread the night hours.

9. What is your favorite quote? (or one of your favorite quotes)
      Christ be with me, Christ within me,
       Christ behind me, Christ before me,
       Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
       Christ to comfort and restore me.”
                                         --Saint Patrick

10. Do you like pink or blue?

11. Can you dance?
      Yes! It is one of my passions, though I am NOT an expert.  Ballet is probably my favorite style.  Such strength, grace, and beauty all in one.

 My nominees will be listed at the end of this post.  But just the same, here are my questions for the Liebster award:

1.  Where were you born?
2.  If you could meet any ONE fictional character, whether from a book or movie, who would it be?
3.  Do you prefer coffee or hot tea?
4.  If you had (or do have) an abundance of money, what is your ideal dream vacation?
 5.  If you could travel to any time period (Medieval era, western 1800s, 1950's, etc), where would you go?
6.  Medieval or Futuristic?
7.  Would you rather travel cross country in a plane or car?
8.  If you could be either an Elf, Dwarf, or Hobbit, which would you be?
9.  Do you prefer to play a musical instrument or simply listen?
10.  Who is your best friend?  (This isn't a test, it could be (me!) a sister, Pippin, or a pet--which, if this is the case, you seriously need to get out in the world more.)
11.  What is your favorite TV show?

And now for the Sunflower Award!

Photo credit to Pinterest
1.  Share 11 facts about yourself
2.  Answer the 11 questions set by your nomination blogger- Nominate 11 bloggers
3.  Set questions for the nominated bloggers.

Pinterest, of course
11 Facts:
1.  My favorite animal is the Panda bear!  =3
2.  I am overly fond of books, movies, and Yoohoos (a chocolate drink)
3.  Deep, deep down, I know I am really an Elf of Rivendell, trapped in the body of a mortal girl who has yet to go to Narnia
4.  I love to laugh (when trapped in a giggle fit, I can hardly breathe)
5.  I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate
6.  I stand five foot five inches in my sock feet
7.  In public school, I used to be so shy, I wouldn't talk at all except in whispers, and only then to my closest friends  (Don't worry, I'm much more outspoken now) 
Just one of my beauties  :]
8.  I was voted Prom Queen my junior year of high school in 2009 (for the home-school dance--and still have the sash and crown) :]
9.  I own eight Ford Mustangs in various colors  (okay, okay. . . they are Hot Wheels.  Mustangs are my dream car)
10.  I still love to play with Legos
11.  I harbor a weird desire to own and fly a helicopter, even though I am rather terrified of heights O_o

And now to answer more questions!  Here are the four from Tane

1. What song makes you feel happy?
      "Misty Mountains," as sung by a certain band of dwarves.  ;D
2. Do you like tie dye shirts?
      No.  I do not.  Although I distinctly remember wearing them, a lot, in my childhood days. . . No offense to those who like them, but they are a fashion disaster that has already happened and needn't be brought back.  Heheh. 
3. Are you a chocolate lover?
      YES.  As mentioned in my list of facts above, I LOVE dark chocolate.
4. Are you quick to cry in sad movies or books?
      Not really.  It takes a lot to make me cry in a movie or a book.  The only movie in which that has happened was in the Passion of the Christ.  And the only book that has come close to bringing tears, but didn't really, was Martin the Warrior, of the Redwall series, where Martin's friend, Rose the mouse, dies.  I know, I know, she's a mouse.  But it was so horribly sad! TT_TT

Here are my questions for the nominees.  Since this is a combination of two awards, I'll only ask five more questions.

1.  What color are your eyes?
2.  Would you rather read a book or watch a movie?
3.  Who is your favorite Disney princess? (Elsa and Anna count!) 
4.  If given the choice, would you rather write a letter or talk on the phone? One or the other, texting is not a choice in this question.  :]
5.  If you could do something drastically awesome, and wouldn't have to worry about being judged by others, what would it be?  (i.e. get a haircut you normally wouldn't choose, buy an expensive something you've wanted all your life, etc.)

And now, I shall choose the lucky taggers:

Sisters Sam & Risa

Thanks again to Tane!  Have fun with this, ladies!

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Something About a Sunrise

Fresh new poem!  These words came to mind late last night.  I guess I was longing for the beauty of the sun come morning.  =]

It is in the dark of the night long where words unspoken find life.


There is something about a sunrise
That speaks of a new glory day;
Something about each tendril of light
And every vivid sun-ray.

There is something about the colors
That speak of an Artist's brush;
Something in each careful hue
To make Lady Dawn blush.

There is Someone in the heavens
Who takes care to paint the morn;
Someone who loves all–
Be they happy, sad, or worn.

There is Someone in the heavens,
Ever near, unseen by earthly eyes;
Whose Light shines through days' end
And wakes again come sunrise.

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Book Review [One Realm Beyond]

One Realm BeYonD
(Realm Walkers Trilogy, Book 1)
Donita K. Paul

Publisher:  Zondervan
Genre:  YA
Released:  2014

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Cantor D'Ahma waited his whole life for this day.  Born with a gift to walk between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms.

But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined.  The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted.  To make matters worse, his first assignment--finding a dragon to assist him on his quest--has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won't leave him alone.

With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped.  But his skills aren't progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild's layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.

WARNING: Possible Spoilers

Having read and re-read the DragonKeeper Chronicles years ago from the good lady Donita K. Paul, I just had to have this one as soon as I heard of it!  

I apologize in advance.  My reviews are. . . thorough.  :]

[The Basics]
The characters.  I LOVE them!  Each has his or her own unique voice and style.  Not one of them are the same! and that is so refreshing to find in a new book.  Or any book for that matter.  :]  I guess the reason I enjoy it so much is because that is one of the things I have the most trouble with in my own stories.  I have the tendency to make my characters sound the same and be too perfect. . .  But on to my review!

At first, I thought this book would center around the same world as Kale's in the DragonKeeper series.  You know, where there are o'rants, emerlindians, pnard potatoes, minor dragons, etc.  I came to find out, however, that while there are dragons and wizards and magic of sorts, this tale features regular humans with extraordinary purposes.  At this knowledge, I was momentarily let-down and disappointed, having expected the same world setting as Mrs. Paul's previous books.  But that did not last for long.  Her style and characters soon take over and leave you with lovable characters and a fun, intriguing adventure that'll keep you flipping pages.

The story swaps character point of view (POV) in many instances, switching from that of Cantor, a young realm walker itching for adventure, and Bixby, a bubbly, talented, mysterious girl, who will never cease to surprise you.  Between the two of them, a bizarre dragon named Bridger, and his cat Jesha, there is never a dull moment.  Prepare to laugh, hang your mouth open in shock, and possibly cry. (Though I rarely, if ever, cry while reading a book.  I think the closest I came to tears was in reading the Redwall book, Martin the Warrior, where the mouse Rose dies.  TT_TT

As to the general plot, Cantor sets out to see the world, or rather, worlds.  He's a realm walker, remember?  Destined from birth.  This job carries a huge responsibility and one he believes he's ready for, but comes to understand that it will be far more difficult than he first believed.  And he can't do it alone.  Cue in Bridger.  

Bridger is a mor dragon.  A shape-shifter.  And a very special one at that.  Unlike other dragons of his kind who can only shift into two or three different creatures/objects (such as a dog or horse), Bridger has the ability to shape-shift into anything.  Which is an extremely rare talent and altogether impressive as he does more than his share of proving he can be useful to Cantor, who doesn't want to believe this odd, clumsy excuse for a dragon would possibly be his constant (partner) for life.  

Bixby D'Mazeline is possibly my favorite character.  She is fun, out-going, energetic, and ready to speak her mind.  Petite, probably no more than four feet, she has a wispy air about her that brings to mind the race of Kimens in the previous series.  Her hair is white-blond and full of unruly, bouncy curls.  The author's description of this character's hair reminded me often of Merida's in Brave, with the exception of color.  Also, she's a girly girl, who adores fabrics of all kinds, lace, ribbons, and a variety of colors.  Her wardrobe is so bizarrely unique and creative on the author's part.  I have never met a character such as her!  She wears, essentially, her whole wardrobe on her body, in layers, and adjusts to fit the day's purpose.  Bixby has many talents, uses a variety of crowns and circlets to accelerate her abilities, and overall is an unforgettable friend.

[Spiritual Content]
This is a Christian trilogy by a Christian author, so expect Christian values in the form of fantasy representation.  =]

The world of the Realm Walkers and those who reside therein, are governed by Primen, the Creator of all things and Master of every creature.  He, of course, symbolizes God.  

Thanks to his mentors, Ahma and Odem, Cantor grows up under their faithful tutelage and is taught to respect and honor Primen in a world where corrupt leaders have forsaken His laws and seek to destroy what He has built.  The Book of Primen represents the Bible, containing words of wisdom.  Elite Warriors represent angels, the personal messengers of Primen.

Both Cantor and Bixby learn to rely fully on their God in the trials they face, and are comforted and strengthened by Him in the face of darkness.

In one plane (a word used to describe a realm), the King's Guard runs rampant, taking by force livestock and produce from the hard-working people.  The said guard also takes young men and, for lack of a better word, "brainwashes" them into service as a soldier of the Guard.  Cantor, Bridger, and Bixby take it upon themselves to help in their rescue.

A dragon stabs himself in the gum with his own claw, causing minor bleeding.

[SPOILER]  A queer people-group, known as the Brunswikkers and resembling dwarves in stature, capture Cantor and, as their twisted way of fun, dunk him in the toxic Sea of Joden, which eats at skin, bone, cothing--anything it comes into contact--only to leave him for dead on the beach.  Fortunately, a Brunswikker woman, called Mistress Dante, rescues him and nurses him back to health.  (The camps of these people are divided into two:  the men's camp and the women's, where the mothers and children dwell until the sons are old enough to "graduate" to the men's lodging.  In short, one is hostile, the other hospitable.  Needless to say, Cantor stumbled into the wrong camp.)

A man is stabbed.

Bixby suffers from a "mind battle."  (As in the DragonKeeper series, mind-speak is common.)

Our heroes and heroines are scratched and bruised.

[SPOILER]  Explosions take the Guild headquarters, raking it to the ground and killing and wounding hundreds of innocents.  

[Love-y Content]
None to speak of.  Cantor and Bixby hold hands, but not in a girlfriend/boyfriend way, mind you.  For instance, in a scene where she is reading a news article, Cantor is pulling her along to reach a certain destination.  I believe this happens more than once, like at a marketplace where her shorter legs have difficulty in keeping up.  Cantor is somewhat disappointed at one point (though he doesn't understand why) when Bixby gives her attention over to another character.   They care for each other, of course, and respect the other's secrets.  Both are willing to listen and act as a sounding board.  They rely on each other for support.   Bixby is the kind of person who hugs.  She does so to Cantor, Bridger, and [SPOILER character] her own dragon constant Totobee-Rodolow (Bridger's sister).

In ending this lengthy review, I absolutely loved the first addition of the Realm Walkers trilogy and cannot wait for the second! 

If you loved the DragonKeeper chronicles, you will definitely enjoy One Realm Beyond as it has the same feel and voice of the former, but not to the point that you think they are too similar.  Same author, different story, different world.  


Recommended ages:  13+

Note:  This book was provided for me by BookLookBloggers.com (formerly BookSneeze), for my honest review.

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What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Basque
Pronunciation:  MARK-ǝl

Meaning & History
Basque form of Martialis, which is ultimately derived from the name of the Roman god Mars, possibly taken from the Latin mas, meaning "male."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Indonesian
Pronunciation:  EEN-dah

Meaning & History
Means "beautiful" in Indonesian.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  SEL-win

Meaning & History
From a surname originally derived from an Old English given name, taken from the elements sele "manor" and wine "friend."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (modern), Italian (modern), Polish
Pronunciation:  AY-zhǝ (English), AH-shah (Polish)

Meaning & History
From the name of the continent, possibly derived from the Akkadian asu, meaning "east."  Also the Polish diminutive of Joanna, which is ultimately the feminine form of John, meaning "YAHWEH is gracious."

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