Book Review: The Blue Moon Narthex

“the balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old.”


When his father is killed in a mysterious train accident, Cole McCarthy is thrust into a world he had no idea was surrounding him his entire life.

Cole feels like his world has stopped. Feeling like he barely knew his father, as his work in the train industry kept him away most of the time, he is realizing he will never get the chance to fully know him.

After a dangerous encounter with a strange creature, Cole, along with his two best friends, Britton and Sophie, is transported to a secret society called Coreseum, filled with those that have dedicated their lives to keeping the balance between good and bad karma. To help them do this, they use a Narthex, a stone that allows them to use ‘karmanic power’ to move through time and space to wherever they want and need to go.

With already so much to take in, the three friends also learn they will be sorted into jobs at Coreseum, that correspond with their personalities. It’s during their transition into their jobs that Cole and his friends begin to understand just how important the members of KLS (Karmanic Sovereign Legion) are to keeping the world running smoothly, and how much famous Cole’s father was at his.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. Author  N.J. Donner does a fantastic job at building this world of Narthex’s, chasers, and karmanic matter. Having it set it the early 1900’s adds an interesting dynamic, and Donner works it well into the story. Something I hope to see in the sequel is more character building for the side characters. I found them to be so interesting and I would love to learn more about them!

The Blue Moon Narthex has adventure, friendship, revenge, and hope. I would suggest it for more middle-grade readers than YA.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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