"RealmShift" by Alan Baxter

Posted on Wed 25 June 2008 in ClubReading

From reading the back cover of this book, I thought it would be a really crazy and not too enjoyable fantasy book. I was wrong, on both accounts.

I suppose it could be called crazy, but the premise of RealmShift is no different than the premises of several other fantasy books. In Realm Shift, deities are real, given their reality by the belief of humans. Of course, the opposite is also true: the devils of each religion are real as well, again given their reality by the belief of humans. The deities can nudge believers, but non-believers cannot be given divine inspiration to do or not do a particular act. This is where our protagonist comes into the story: he reports to "The Balance," an entity which tries to keep the balance in the universe.

Sound complicated? It's not really. And the story is fast-paced and engrossing. A good editor might be handy, though, as not every character should say, "Indeed." And some of the word choices struck me as odd. But these are little issues with a book that was thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to reading the sequel!