Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crown Review #27 - The Blue Moon Narthex

The Blue Moon Narthex - N.J. Donner

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Series: Karmanic Sovereign Legion, #1
Length: 360
Purchase: [Amazon]

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

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 accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check. 

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.


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 updates of people I followed, The Blue Moon Narthex came up and I kept scrolling. Right before it appeared off my screen, I saw the following words: Percy Jackson. It caught my attention and I immediately clicked on the book. Seeing the idea of how Karma could be a matter peaked my interest, and I decided that I needed to get my hands on it. I was luckily approved to get it as an eARC and I never pressed download so quick. This took me two days and two sittings to complete the book and I have never read a book that quick before. I had to double check if I was actually done with this book. (Can I have the next one now please?)

I have never loved a book so easily and I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year (and it's only the first month so far!). I really couldn't point anything out that could be improved and I thought hard to find something and point it out.

The world building was phenomenal. Learning about Coreseum, the Narthexes, sliding, and more was fascinating. It was almost magical and very easy to imagine. I wanted to dream it, live it, and even see it for my own actual eyes. It was that clear. Learning the information and mythology behind this world also kept me intrigued. At one point, you learn how the Karmanic Matter was discovered and how it is formed and how it used for the world. Along with that, you get a sense about the history and everything behind the story.

The relationship between the main characters was very enjoyable to read through. They all had perfect chemistry with each other and you'll love seeing their adventures and their progress in character as their journey continues. Each character had something to give and that made it enjoyable.

As you can see at a lot of other reviews, you can see that Harry Potter being mentioned numerous times; even I mentioned it. I loved the vibes of the series coming from it, but this book showed a lot of similarities between the two and some I can't mention due to spoilers. Most noticeable is the 2 Boys and 1 Girl trio. Although I didn't mind, each character shared many similar characters to the respective other.

Also, this book is apparently set during WWI. Although it was mentioned throughout the story, I would have loved it if it mentioned the time period more. I do arguably understand that the majority of the story was set in Coreseum and that it was different from the outer world. It just needed a little bit more mentioning for my opinion.

Overall, I believe this could be one of the top books this year and everyone in all ages will enjoy. This is easily recommended. Now, I want the second book please!


  1. I'm excited! Starting the book right now :)

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it!
      (Totally sorry for the reply, I'm just noticing this now xD )