LENGTH: 282 pages, 80-100k words
GENRES: Fantasy, Romance
PUBLISHER: Sudden Insight Publishing
COVER DESIGN: Dear23
Paul Stone is the only one among his friends that sees and hears strange things. Mason can see demons—at least the one on his shoulder. The two men have never met. To the observer, the only thing else they have in common aside of their paranormal abilities is when Mason unwittingly drives through the scene of the crime, which leaves Paul comatose for three days and his friend Kris dead. Mason is your basic schlub and a loser musician. Despite his fixations with drug and alcohol, Mason meets Sarah and his life suddenly transform from one of a loser to a man who finds love and success in the musical arena.
Paul, on the other hand, is happy that he's alive and building a relationship with Brenna, the love of his life. But it's not until he strikes up a conversation with the now deceased Kris that he realized something bizarre is going on, especially when he can see devils, angels, and demons. Paul learns that he has become a Walker and now has the ability to live his life in both the earthly and ethereal realms. While he has been given the task of separating demons from humans, Paul's life is put at risk when he gets involved in a battle to find who is killing off Walkers.
J. K. Norry pens a unique paranormal plot set between San Francisco and the spiritual world. Norry's third person narrative is a mix of his love for metaphysics and philosophy. Featuring Paul and Mason has his principal characters, Norry has created two unlikely people whose seemingly dull lives suddenly shift in different directions. Aside of the aforementioned connection between the two men, Mason's character appears to play a rather insignificant role in Norry's plot. Certain to be a deliberate design in the first book of his Walking Between Worlds series, Norry's slow development of Mason's character is a sure sign that there is more in store in subsequent novels.
While readers ponder where Mason fits into the overarching scheme of things as chapters alternate between Paul's and Mason's lives and steamy love scenes, Norry laces black comedy as he developments Paul's snarky persona. Great examples are when Norry interjects Paul's incessant and repetitive questions about the ethereal realm as well as pointers amid graphic fighting scenes—certainly amusing from beginning to end.
I expected Walking Between Worlds ~ Book I ~ Demons & Angels to be very dark, and found myself pleasantly surprised by how light it was considering the novel's topic. Norry's incorporation of black comedy adds a Quentin-Tarantino feel to the plot. Unique in its design and overall storyline,Norry's book is a refreshing read that I highly recommend for those who are looking for an attention-grabbing twist about the paranormal and all things religiously spiritual.
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Anita Lock is a woman of many hats: a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a long-time educator with degrees in Music Education and Library Science. Her goal is to always use her skills to help educate others and provide tools to help others succeed in life. Follow Anita Lock on Facebook.