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Shadows of the Realm (The Circle of Talia) [Kindle Edition]

Dionne Lister
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Readers who love David Eddings or Raymond Feist should try Shadows of the Realm.

Bronwyn and Blayke are two strangers being drawn into the same war. Their world is facing invasion from the Third Realm. While they move unknowingly toward each other, they are watched, hunted, and sabotaged. When the Dragon God interferes, it seems their world, Talia, will succumb to the threat. Can they learn enough of the tricks of the Realms before it’s too late, or will everything they love be destroyed?



The young Realmists’ journey pushes them away from all they’ve known, to walk in the shadows toward Vellonia, city of the dragons, where an even darker shadow awaits.


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About the Author

Hi, I'm Dionne. I live in Sydney and am a writer of fantasy and suspense stories. I love writing and sharing my stories, but I wish they wouldn't keep me awake at night.

Product Details

  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X6Y02I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This debut novel is the first of a series (The Circle of Talia) and is a smooth-reading, delightful, high fantasy. Even readers who don't usually head for the fantasy shelves can find much to delight in here, as did I. The writing is excellent, and author Dionne Lister deserves much more than five stars for her ability with lyrical description, which makes the reading flow so well.

The characters are superbly delineated, and the action is realistic and intriguing. A good balance is achieved between destiny and free will in the lives of the characters, an effect not always managed in fantasy stories. The world-building is also very accomplished. In fact, I encourage readers to keep an eye on author Dionne Lister and anticipate, as I am, the next installments in The Circle of Talia series.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly familiar but fantastical fantay June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up this book knowing a little of what to expect, dragons, adventure, good vs evil. I started reading and then could not put the book down until I had finished. I lost track of time reading it.

The book centers around a secret group called Realmists, possessed of magical powers who are sworn to protect their world, Talia, from the evil race that exists in another realm. This race once lived on Talia and were banished, but are determined to return.

The book contains a surprising variety of characters, ranging from teenagers through to adults and magicians of advanced age. And of course the dragons, who in this case are portrayed as being on the side of the realm. The dragon characterisation is fascinating. The words used to draw a picture of their intelligence, strength, and their nature are so powerful that the reader has absolutely no difficulty in accepting them as part of the world we are drawn into. Equally the human characters are drawn as individuals, each with their own backgrounds, faults, opinions and reactions. Again it makes it very easy to find yourself drawn into their world.

Realmists can bond with one selected animal, a creatura, and even these are well drawn with a great variety of animals used. I found it a pleasant surprise to be able to read about , as it were, familiars who range from rats to panthers. Another pleasant surprise is the way that the Creatura's point of view is also presented.

All through the book I felt an odd sense of familiarity. I could not pin down why at first, it was not that I had seen the plot or any major plot devices used before. Some elements of the world drawn can be found in other fantasy novels, for example familiars, but that was not it either. In the end I simply had to conclude that it was due to the way the writing drew me in and made me feel a part of the book from start to finish.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy read of 2012! May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dionne Lister's Shadows of the Realm starts out with a scene that grabs you, and does not let go, even after you've finished reading. Exceptional in the fact that it is a completely unique novel, Lister creates a new world that is so realistic, it makes the reader want to grab a ticket and head over for a nice permanent vacation. I fell in love with the characters, and was disappointed when the novel ended, and am ready for more. I will be impatiently waiting the rest of the books in the series, and am desperate for more!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical Ride... May 21, 2012
By Dee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
4.5 stars for this beautiful high fantasy book by Dionne Lister. From a nightmare awakening, to mythical and magical creatures, this book comes together with well laid out characters to deliver a fun escape into a fantasy realm. While the book comes to a resolution, it leaves you edgy and wanting for more. I personally can't wait until book two is out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trip To A Magical World of Dragons July 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This a book that will travel you in magical places full of dragons and amazing characters,lots of battles of good against evil and a fascinating story that will keep your interest from the start to the end.
I like the way Dionne Lister writing in some scenes is so fast and well written that can make you feel like you watching an epic movie with all the special effect and magical creatures.
I can't wait to read the next one and see in what new worlds and characters this story will lead us.

Thank you Dionne Lister for the very fun and adventure read!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read June 11, 2012
By Jay
Format:Kindle Edition
I rate Shadows of The Realm 3.5 stars. It is a fun read. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I found myself wanting to read the next phase of the adventure. If you are looking for an easy, casual read that can entertain you, then I suggest grabbing a copy.
The positives are the characters, the dragons who have an enemy more powerful than themselves and the overall story. Dionne has done a great job of building a world that makes me want to visit more often.
The negatives are more about consistency and style. There are some logical disconnects (small things such as a building being described as airtight and then the sun shining through the spaces between the boards the next morning). The dialog was excellent in some cases and a little clunky in others.
There are also short sections that provide a view of the world's history and mythos. I both liked and disliked this. I loved the insight but would have rather had it woven more tightly into the narrative.
Overall, it was fun and I plan to read the next book in the series. Since this is Dionne's first novel, I expect some of the stylistic wobbles will be smoothed out and the dialog more refined in the following books. Good job!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting.
Shadows of the Realm is Dionne Listers debut novel; and I must say it is excellent.
When I first started to read the book, it took me a while to get into it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Realm of Greatness
Shadows of the Realm (The Circle of Talia) was a thoroughly enjoyable young-adult, traditional fantasy series along the vein Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Lazellari
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump into a world of fantasy!
Jump into a world of fantasy!

Brilliant world building that really took me to another world. The breathtaking imagery had me eagerly devouring each word. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Katie Cody
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadows of the Realm
Shadows of the Realm
Book 1 of The Circle of Talia
Written by Dionne Lister

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Ms. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roy Murry, Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of the Realm
Shadows of the Realm
Book 1 of The Circle of Talia
Written by Dionne Lister

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Ms. Read more
Published 6 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Think His Dark Materials meets The Chronicles of Narnia
Ever since I came across her blog, I've been wanting to read Dionne Lister's epic fantasy novel, Shadows of the Realm for quite a few reasons. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dan Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm A Convert
It is some time since I read a fantasy book in the Tolkein vein. While I am a longtime admirer of the sword and sorcery writings of Michael Moorcock, Tolkein himself has always... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diogenes
1.0 out of 5 stars mediocre at best
Written like a cartoon. The characters are not well written or developed. Hard to read because not written for adults.
Published 7 months ago by Guillermo
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy!
The characters are so well written, I felt as if I journey through the story at their side. Gripped from beginning to end, I am off to start A TIME OF DARKNESS.
Published 8 months ago by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the soft cover
I had the pleasure of meeting Dionne in person at Supernova in 2013. I bought both books and just loved them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charlene Leetham
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Dionne. I would tell you how much I love writing, but you've probably gathered that. I've almost finished my Associate Degree of Creative Writing and I work as an editor and author. I write epic fantasy and suspense/thrillers. I enjoy placing the reader in a world they can touch, taste and see.

If you've enjoyed my young adult fantasy/adventure novel Shadows of the Realm, the sequel, A Time of Darkness, and my intense book of short stories--Dark Spaces, you might like to visit my website www.dionnelisterwriter.wordpress.com to read some of my flash fiction or suspenseful short stories. Must go; chocolate is whispering my name...

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