I loved the first two books in the Realm Travellers Series, so when the author offered me a third one, I was keen to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s great to spend time with the team again, and once again we have a book filled with action, humour and drama, one that will keep the reader riveted to the page.
When Max discovers that Ryker’s mother, Isebel, is dying of cancer, she and the rest of the realm travellers hatch a plan to return to the realm. If they can find the South African portal and get his mother through it before it’s too late, Max can use her magical healing superpower to save Isebel’s life. At least, that’s the plan.
But Wulf, a merciless savage from The Dark Forest, is stalking Aelianna, the beautiful forest girl Ryker left behind, and Ryker can’t leave her vulnerable to Wulf’s evil intentions. Ryker’s efforts to protect her, however, land him at the bottom of a deep, dark pit, where in order to survive, he has to compete in brutal challenges set by a despot consumed by jealousy and hatred.
The friends must charge their superpowers and gear up to rescue Ryker, but can they get him out before Wulf and his giant dogs tear him apart?
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FORBIDDEN PASSAGE:
‘At last! The third book in the Realm Traveller’s Series. Ryker’s mother, Isebel, has a life threatening illness and the only cure is for the team to return to the realm. Savage beasts and armed guards thwart the team at every turn, and what about the village people, condemned to a pitiful life? No spoilers here! And will there be a fourth book? I hope so.’ – Lyn Behan, author.
Realm Travellers: The Forbidden Passage by M.J. Raco is the third book in the series. It all started when a group of teenagers discovered a portal to another world during an ordinary camping trip. The discovery was anything but ordinary when the teenagers develop amazing abilities and use those abilities against deadly competitors in a dangerous competition. When the Realm Travellers learn about Ryker’s mother’s illness, they band together with a plan to travel back to the Ancient Realm where Max can use her healing abilities to cure her. Ryker has another life to save when he discovers that the evil Wulf has emerged from the Dark Forest to track Aelianna down. To save the life of the girl he left behind, he must first survive trials and hope that the other Travellers save him in time.
The story focuses on Ryker and his hope to save his mother which creates a larger journey when he discovers that Aelianna needs help, and he faces off against Wulf. M.J. Raco weaves between various perspectives which include Jack, Ryker, Max, Aelianna, Connor, and Edra. Their role as Realm Travellers has given them a certain status which is explored through each of the perspectives and adds a different outlook on Ryker’s journey as they work to help him. While the main focus is on Ryker, Aelianna plays an important role in his journey and their connection is explored further. It’s this bond that pushes Ryker to continue to fight for those he loves and gives him strength through each challenge. Wulf is a perfect villain who reflects the darkness within this realm as he takes pleasure from cruelty and uses that to torture Ryker.
Lovely details in the writing create a setting that draws you in through a shimmering gauzy curtain that plunges into the depths of another world. The Ancient Realm is a lovely creation with amazing abilities and a bewitching voice, portals to another realm, and places like the Forbidden Passage and the Dark Forest. Raco uses subtle language to create vivid images such as Ryker seeing the carnage of himself when in the light of day and Aelianna finding beauty in a sphere that she looks upon with reverence. This is a great read for all ages with action and fantasy creating an adventure that is dark, thrilling, and unexpected. An exciting series, Realm Travellers continues to impress with The Forbidden Passage which ups the action with vivid character growth, deadly challenges, and heroic feats. – Liz Konkel, Reader’s Favorite
Forbidden Passage is an unusual story; part coming of age, part science fiction, and part sword and sorcery. The author has created an alternate universe that is in many ways a clone of the darker elements of the world we currently inhabit and thrust a group of young people smack dab in the middle of it. It took me a while to get used to the present tense but once I got over that I was totally immersed in the adventure. An interesting read, and an interesting cast of characters. Actually couldn’t put it down until I got to the end. – Charles Ray, author