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Realm Walker

Realm Walker

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by Kathleen Collins

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


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.

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Juliana Norris didn't want to die in the cold Canadian snow. Of course, she hadn't wanted to die on the rain-slicked streets of Bern, the cool sheets of her freshly made bed or the backwoods of Alabama either, but that hadn't stopped it from happening just the same.

Despite her grim thoughts, the odds of actually freezing to death were low. The troll would kill her before she lasted that long. She let out a laugh that sounded more like a snort. Gods, she was such a pessimist. She blamed the weather.

Her breath formed a cloud around her face and ice crystals in her nose. Her eyes burned, her fingers ached. For hours, she'd been hunting the troll. Hours she was supposed to have been spending in the warm Fiji sun drinking a Mai Tai and walking barefoot in the sand at a mermaid coronation. The Agency called to tell her about the reassignment just as she'd been ready to walk out the door. Damn, stupid flea-bitten troll.

Her only consolation was that she wasn't here alone. She'd conned her mentor at the Agency into coming with her by reminding him that he still owed her for tracking down a band of feral pixies the month before. Nathaniel West was a 150-year-old werewolf with an immunity to silver and a wicked sense of humor. He'd taken her under his furry paw when the Agency recruited her and he'd been looking after her ever since. Last she'd seen, he'd been in full wolf form as he followed the troll's path into the trees. All that fur probably kept him warmer than she was at the moment.

She thrust her hands out in an angry gesture and thought of fire. Flames sprang up before her in a thin line. Her spell, mediocre at best, was enough to melt the foot-deep snow and harden the ground beneath when it threatened to turn to mud. The warmth soaked through her jeans, thawing her briefly before it disappeared, leaving the cold to seep into her skin right to her bones. A brief thought of the idiot the Agency sent to Fiji in her place had her gritting her teeth. She didn't even know who it was, but she doubted they deserved the sun and the sand more than she did. She always pulled the crap assignments. Maybe if she quit being so cursed good at her job they'd quit calling her.

Juliana needed to find her prey. She couldn't go home until she did and she didn't intend to spend the night in the wilderness. The beast had been making supper of the locals' prize steers for months. Game wardens had been looking for the troll with no success. After losing four cows in a fortnight, the farmers complained to the right people and the Agency was called in.

Once her target entered the heavily forested area, it followed a well-worn game trail. The troll kept meandering off into the trees, but she wasn't even tempted to follow the three-toed tracks. She left that to Nathaniel and his nose. Filling her lungs with crisp air, she forced herself to relax and let her gift flare to life. Neon bands of color immediately shrouded the landscape showing her the path of any creature recently in the area. Apparently, there were a lot of gnomes in Eastern Canada. Who knew?

Every being had a signature. A color uniquely theirs. Juliana didn't know anyone else who could see them. Which was why she hunted the troll. It could cover its tracks all it wanted, but there was no way it could hide from her.

Meet the Author

Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them. The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband. She is currently hard at work on her next book. 

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Realm Walker 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Realm Walker (Realm Walker #1)by Kathleen Collins (Oct 28) 4 of 5 stars  Juliana Norris has a unique gift.  She can see magical signatures allowing her to know what kind of paranormal creature inhabited a space.  This makes her an exceptional Realm Walker for the Agency. Juliana has a number of secrets.  This includes who is her father, how she can come back to life after she dies, and that she is the mate of master vampire, Thomas Kendrick; a vampire that has been out of her life for the past seven years.  Now Kendrick has returned, no longer able to fight his need for Juliana.  If all that is not enough, a demon has taken a personal interest in Juliana. She has to stop the demon before he destroys all her friends and loved ones, including Thomas. Kathleen Collins does a commendable job with the first book to the series.  Her characters are multidimensional giving the story credibility. Realm Walkers is full of excitement and action.  There is a ton of stuff going on, but it is easy to follow and a hard book to put down.  Realm Walker is an excellent book.  I am really looking forward to continuing reading this series. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.   
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Realm Walker reminds me very much of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain Series, and Keri Lake’s Sons of Wrath series. With that being said, you know this book will also have a kick-ass heroine which I LOVE reading about. Realm Walker is action packed, suspenseful and it has a very dark world where survival is the fittest. Vampires, Demons, Shifters and other supes roam this world and Julliana Norris can track them with her ability to see magical creatures. As a supernatural being herself, she hunted creatures that technically didn’t follow the rules. Unfortunately, this time, she has become the hunted along with the people she loves. The world building was good. I love that there were plenty of elements to go around. It shows how big Ms. Collins’ plan for this book and she explained the world good enough that I did not get lost. I thought there was a perfect blend of action and suspense. Some scenes made me sit up, eager to find out what’s about to happen. I have to admit though, there were some scenes that were a bit bloodier than I expected. It was pretty awesome though. I really like Juliana. This girl can kick-ass like there’s no tomorrow but she is also humanizes by her feelings from the past. She was loved, tormented and heartbroken…a recipe for a well jaded woman. It was good seeing through her eyes, the empathy for her was almost immediate when I found out what happened between her and mate. But as always, there is more than meets the eye. There was a well good enough reason why her mate, Thomas had left. Now that he is back, there will be a chance to find out the why’s of it all. Though I wasn’t in love with Thomas, I was drawn to his power as a leader and of course the “I’m-on-top-of-the-food-chain….so-back-off” persona just pulled me right in. The romance was light and the smexy was very low but you feel how strong the love is between Juliana and Thomas. There was a bit of angst, but in all honesty it was all justified. Though there was no happy-ending, there is a promise of a stronger romance element for the next book (crossing my fingers). I would like to explore more of this powerful Thomas. If you like Urban Fantasy novels with a mentally and physically strong heroine then, I recommend you give this novel a chance. *ARC provided by publisher
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Fun new urban fantasy series. Juliana Norris is a great new heroine. Death's daughter is book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Great action, interesting plot, and romantic tension had me finishing it in just a couple sittings. Similar in style to jeniene frost and karen chance. Looking forward to more.
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Enjoyed this very much. Unexpected.
Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action, twists and turns and even a bit of romance thrown in. This book is a series but at the end of the book the main plot is solved so the next book will have a bit of a different one. Only thing I didn't like was there were some subplots that were not finished off that should have been. Julianna is a Realm Walker who is mated to Master Vampire Thomas Kendrick even though she has not seen him in 7 years. Upon his return she also faces danger of a demon who is hunting her. She has to figure out how to get rid of it and find out who hired it to kill her.