Review: Joshua and the Lightning Road

Posted on June 10, 2015


Joshua Lightning coverJoshua and the Lightning Road
By Donna Galanti
Month9Books, LLC
May 2015
278 pages

Twelve year-old Joshua Cooper lives with his grandpa, Bo Chez. The old man likes to tell stories about Greek gods and Storm Masters. His rules are simple. Stay indoors, away from windows during lightning storms. And never touch the crystal orb locked in the case on the shelf. Then one stormy night when Joshua and his friend Finn are home alone, a bolt of lightning smashes through the window. In a blue flash his friend disappears. Joshua has no choice but to retrieve the orb and use it to find Finn. But before he can tap into its power, two hands yank him from this world into another.

Nostos is a frightening world where children are called Reekers and held as slaves. The evil queen Hekate reigns with terror over the Child Collectors who kidnap the children from Earth. Terrified, exhausted and separated from Finn, Joshua thinks only of escape from the hordes of desperate kids and the brutal slavery. However, the escape route becomes a maze that takes him on a journey deeper into the mysteries and magic of the Lost Realm.

Though Nostos is a bleak world, Galanti has populated it with fantastic creatures like kernitians and cadmeans, plus a cast of unpredictable characters with secrets of their own, creating a fantasy cloaked in mystery. Joshua and the Lightning Road is a heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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