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The Blue Moon Narthex

(Karmanic Sovereign Legion #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old...

Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

A suspicious train accid
Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Steel Page Press, LLC
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*I received this book in a promotional package from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Following the death of his father, 13-year-old Cole inherits his most prized possession, a stone called the Blue Moon Narthex which leads him and his two friends to a school referred to as the Coreseum. As the story progresses, he begins to learn the powers behind the stone, how to wield it, and the secret life his father lived amongst the Karmanic Sovereign Legion (KSL). The mission of the KSL
Tilly Booth
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book definitely fits into the middle grade area. As someone who reads mostly YA it was nice to take a step back into books similar to Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Magisterium. The Blue Moon Narthex had the easy, friendship filled story. There were good things about this book and others I didn't like as much but all in all, if you're looking for a book that will keep you busy, no string attached and with a hint of magic then look no further!

Now for the further detail. This is still a
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

~a copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley~

This book was better than I had expected. The Blue Moon Narthex was like a mix between Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent and several other action/fantasy/really good books, all with a unique twist of its own. There is so much going on in this book that you can really fly through it. There were times while reading it that I was thinking just one more chapter and then the next thing you know I was flying through the
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Got a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I really tried to like this book and was gonna give the book 3 stars, but I feel like 3 is too much. I don't really feel this story. I don't care about the characters and feel like I'm not that enthusiastic about this book. So that's why I'm giving 2 stars.

A lot of questions and mystery: At the beginning of the story a lot of questions arise. I still feel like not everything is solved, or that the explanations weren't en
*I got this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Cole is a 13 year-old boy who misses his father, a mysterious figure throughout the book. The story starts with Cole waiting for his dad at the train station, eager to spend the summer days with him. A tragedy occurs when the train doesn't stop and crashes instead. Soon after the tragedy, a whole different side of Cole's late father is unveiled, leading to Cole finding out his father was, in fact, part of an association which fights
Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
Date Reviewed:
28 January 2017
This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.

Thank You Concierge Marketing Inc. and NetGalley for giving an eARC for an honest review.

This is definitely a book to read. Teens & YA is the perfect audience, but I can only imagine that this book can be for all ages. If you loved Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you may even love this upcoming new series.

When I was scrolling through
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars. While this started off with a great story and seemed to have plenty of mystery, it does have its flaws. First, the author is obviously trying to make the main three kids into a Harry Potter like trio (complete with a bookish girl who immediately wants to go to the library!) And the Slider Games Champion being the main kid's dad? Please. Way too much taken from HP. These kids are thirteen... But they act about ten. Kinda bugs me.
I've heard it said that "said is dead", but this author
Amesily Chen
3 stars

I have a great interest while reading the introduction from the book. And I do like it with its fantastic topic and particular story line. The Blue Moon Narthex reminds me the adventures of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. (Also, it reminds me one of my favorite series, The 39 Clues. )

As a middle grade story, it's a very talented work. Each plots like a piece of puzzle put the truth and exciting exploration together. However, maybe it's because that there are lots of mysterious things h
Rachel (borntoberustic)
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This book started out fairly stereotypically, but definitely picked up about a quarter of the way in. By the time I reached the end of The Blue Moon Narthex, it was a solid 4.5 stars. I love it when an author can totally hoodwink you at the end of the story! Middle grade fiction or not, this book will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.


This book develops at just the right speed for a work of middle grade fiction (in my opinion). Right when things start getting predict
Giota (the reader)
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The Blue Moon Narthex was sent to me in a promotional box from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the synopsis on the back of the book, I was actually really excited to dive into it. It started out pretty intense with a train crash which lead to the death of the protagonist's father. The problem is that, that was it for a long time. Nothing really exciting happened from now on. Everything was rather slow-paced. The characters that were introduced were rather flat,
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I have to review this book as 2 people, the average adult reader and a 4th grade teacher.

As an adult reading this story, I have to rate it a 2/5 stars. The story is about a 13 year old boy who learns his father isn't who he thought he was and kept secrets about his life. He discovers these secrets and his role in his father's secret life. The main character, 13 year old Cole, doesn't act like a 13 year old. The way he speaks and carries himself, I kept thinking he was an 8 year old child. The s
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Not a bad book, but too similar to other "trio fighting the bad guy because the adults won't do it" books. Tropes everywhere. And 13 year olds who aren't acting/speaking their age.

That said, for children today who aren't as familiar with Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, there's enough action and magical world-real world interplay to keep them interested.

**Received free copy from GR Giveaway
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I won this in a goodreads giveaway at the beginning of the year and now I finally got around to reading it! I really liked the main character and the idea of the narthex was really cool! Parts of it were a bit cliche, but other than that I really enjoyed it!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
“The Blue Moon Narthex” is a YA fantasy novel, which reads more like a middle grade fantasy. Cole, a 13-year-old, and his two BFFs, Britten and Sasha, become involved in a world they didn’t know existed after Cole’s father dies. Cole, Britten, and Sasha seem immature and come off as younger than teenagers and this feels very much like it was modeled after the first Harry Potter book with the kids being about the same maturity level. The main comparisons to HP, are the mysterious circumstances, p ...more
Alyssa Janine Busia
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to be posted soon!
Kasey Giard
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Readers who enjoyed the high-stakes adventure of the Percy Jackson books will love the fast-paced suspense in The Blue Moon Narthex. I found Cole to be a much more likeable character than Percy, too, which made me enjoy the book quite a bit. Definitely a great pick for adventure readers or fans of books featuring a secret society.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
David Winters
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Moon Narthex is enjoyable, young adult fiction. NJ Donner takes readers into an alternate dimension where the Karmanic Sovereign Legion (KSL) battles evil by sliding from one strategic situation to another via old train cars.
The mystery begins when Cole’s father is apparently killed in a train crash. Following the funeral, the 13-year-old receives a large jewel-like stone called the Blue Moon Narthex. As the story unfolds, he begins to understand its awesome power and the evil forces wh
Carla Hoch
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review and honestly, I was looking for it not to be good. I hate to say that but it's true. However, it really was! I could easily see this featured in a Scholastic catalog. My friend's middle school son, who isn't a reader, picked up my copy, read it a few minutes and said, "it's good before the first chapter even!" There are twists, turns, other worlds, teleportation via train cars, nasty characters in pursuit and a kid who has to grow up on ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually sat and read this basically in one sitting. I felt the pacing of the book was done well, and I didn't find the book dragging anywhere, which is great for a middle grade/ya novel. I do wish our main trio were a little more flushed out. They give me Potter Trio feels, so I hope we get to know more about them in the next book.
All in all, its a great start. I am excited to see where book 2 goes.
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I received an ARC of The Blue Moon Narthex from a goodreads giveaway

This one is a hard one for me to rate. On one hand, it was a fun story with some really amusing characters(although I would have liked to see one or two of them a little more, maybe in the next installment. I enjoyed the process of reading this book, and never felt the desire to set it down. On the other hand, there were several little things throughout that bugged me, which is why I lowered my rating to around a 3 in the end.

Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
This was probably the worst book I've ever read - and I've read a lot of books, many of which I would classify as utter trash.

It started off with the horrendous writing style which had me in tears: I'm not sure whether they were due to how hilariously terrible the writing was, or the pain of having to read it. It was cliché and childish - my ten year old sister could've written better. The writing did get better towards the end of the book, but that isn't really saying much. I could have excuse
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book as a first-reads giveaway.
First, I have to get something off my chest: vice and vise are not the same word; neither are palate and palette.
The author was very pleased with his editing team, which failed to catch that kind of thing, but more importantly, they failed to point out some serious story flaws that could easily have been corrected, in order to make the book better.
For example, the book includes several story clichés that could easily have been avoided. The
Sarah (The Book Marauder)
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review

This book reminded me so much of the Percy Jackson series (which is a good thing). I honestly didn't know what to expect going into it and I was a little confused in the beginning. The story grew on me though. The characters were likable and I liked how things progressed.

The Issues :
1. The beginning was a little confusing. There were so many names to remember and I was unable to connect with most of the suppor
Nannette Demmler
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
There were many things to like about this book, and a few that I didn't like. 

The characters were interesting and likable.  The story is told from Cole's point of view so we get to know him the best.  He is a likable kid with an enormous amount of responsibility placed on him pretty quickly.  He accepts his new life in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion pretty easily and although he has lots of questions about the organization he doesn't appear to ever seek out the answers. He does try to find the an
Andy N
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This review was originally published on NetGalley.

A nice middle-grader adventure book.

The novel introduces us to an alternative universe where evil travellers in old train cars and the Karmanic Sovereign Legion are responsible to fight this threat. When Cole’s father dies in a train crash, he doesn’t know that he’s being tossed into a world he didn’t know it existed. When he receives a strange stone called Blue Moon Narthex, Cole travels to the Coreseum with his two companions, Britten and Sash
Mike Milligan
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A New Slider?

Well, where to begin? Simply put, we have a thirteen boy, a missing possibly dead Father, a step mother who doesn’t understand, a small lump of odd looking Rock from a friend, and nothing to do except face his grief and wander around a big house with his friends. Just another boring Summer vacations end…. So what could go wrong? What could happen? .....
This the first book to come along in a fair bit that appears to be offering a whole world of possibilities, with clues and hints t
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is definitely meant for middle school children. I would probably not recommend this for anyone over the age of 13. That being said, this novel was ridiculously similar to Harry Potter. I'm not even kidding you, it was like a knock-off, meh version of Harry Potter. While the story had some interesting concepts like shifting in time, and the force of Karma, the writing and the characters fell flat.
Lauren K.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
*This book was received as part of a Goodreads giveaway through the Publisher Concierge Marketing Book Publishing Services* (Disclaimer-I won this book a few years ago and it ended up on the bottom of my stack of things to read...)

Recommenced Age Group-Upper Elementary-Middle School
Plot & Story Level-5/10 stars.

I am above the age bracket for someone who may normally read this book. That being said, I found the plot a bit dry and the characters under-developed. They didn't seem to have any depth
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the premise of this book and everything Donner set up within the world, but when it came to a point where something he set up could come into play it either didn't happen or it was less than a page. It was really disappointing. I do think I will read the second book when it comes out but only in the hope something will actually come about the story Donner has set up. ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
The first story in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series. The story is great for teens especially if they enjoy mystery, suspense, and intrigue.

I won an advanced reading copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
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N.J. Donner is the author of the new Karmanic Sovereign Legion books. N.J. loves to explore. The world fascinates him and he wants to figure out why and how things work, including Karma.

College adventures took N.J. far from his small Nebraska hometown to the southern hemisphere and the inner city. This was the beginning of his wanderlust and today he loves to travel with his wife, Amanda, and thei

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