Beyond The Code

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
364 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2018
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Author Biography

Kelsey Rae Barthel grew up in the quiet town of Hay Lakes in Alberta, a sleepy place of only 500 people. Living in such a calm setting gave her a lot of spare time to imagine grand adventures of magic and danger, inspired by the comic books and anime she enjoyed. Upon graduating high school, Kelsey moved to Edmonton and eventually began working in the business of airline cargo, but she never stopped imagining those adventures. Beyond the Code is her first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Loyalty, honor, and secrecy. These three pillars of the Code have kept Luna and her people safe and guarded the peace throughout generations of Knights and Masters. She and her fellow Knights are bounded by the Code. But times have changed and the Code is no longer being respected. Damon Lexus and his Knights are threatening and murdering the others for power. When her beloved Master is killed, Luna finds out that revenge is not enough as the corruption in the ancient Order runs deep.

Kelsey Rae Barthel’s urban fantasy, Beyond the Code, takes place in another world which has the same qualities as ours but differs in terms of history and geography. Familiarization with the world-building is easy, and as a reader, I appreciated it. The plot is well structured and has solid turning points that contribute to character development. It’s a shame that I don’t get to see what could have been for Cole and Luna's relationship. Even though Aurora and Luna are the same person, I perceived her persona more as Luna, whether as a Knight or a daughter of an influential family. I have a soft spot for Zander, whom I considered as Luna’s own Alfred.

Some parts of the narrative are slightly repetitive in terms of details, but this is just a minor dent in the story for me. The overall pace is quite swift for the well thought out plot. The ending wraps up nicely even though there’s still plenty of truth to be uncovered. Beyond the Code is an easy, enjoyable read with lots of action, and I look forward to seeing how the story continues.

Corina Doyle

Loved it, a little action, a little adventure, a little fantasy

Jessica Busenius

It was an awesome book! The story line flowed and it kept you on your toes!!! One of the best urban fantasy book I’ve read. Highly recommend it! You just never know until you crack it open, read the first page and it sucks you in!

Sandra Bunning

his epic sword and sorcery novel by Kelsey Rae Barthel is a bright addition to the fantasy genre.
The supernaturally gifted Knights have served their masters for generations, pledging their loyalty, honour, and service in return for the masters’ guarantee that their kind will be hidden and protected. But now that ancient Order is breaking down, oaths will be broken and truths revealed that could destroy their world.
Luna is a born Knight, sworn to serve her master, sworn to never get involved with anything outside of her duty. But, when her master is murdered she vows revenge, even if it means breaking every oath she ever took.
The Hunter has only one order, eliminate the renegade Knight no matter what it takes. Can Luna hold off the Hunter long enough to uncover the truth behind her master’s death? Will he listen when she tells him that their entire history has become a lie?
Barthel weaves an intriguing and poetic net that caught me from the very first sentence. “Someone once told me that the true enemy of truth is time.” How could you not love this!
Her use of words is exceptional and, although I wanted to apply the grammar-hammer in a few places, the book is very well written and edited.
I don’t give many five star reviews. This book deserves it.

Jessica Wiebe

Love Love Love the book and the audiobook! I can’t wait to see what the author will do next! Hopefully a sequel?!?!