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Book Review: Moon & Shadow


  • Title: Moon & Shadow
  • Author: J. Steven Lamperti
  • Series: The Channeler Trilogy, #1
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Publishing Date: February 19th, 2020
  • Publishing Co.: Lamprey Publishing
  • Length: 172 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook
  • Acquired: Given free print copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: Moon & Shadow

A nightmare beast is attacking his town. Can Sebastian save his village and the girl he loves?

Strange things are happening to Sebastian. First, he pulls the moon down from the sky and hangs it on his mantelpiece. Then he strips the girl he’s had a crush on for years of a piece of her shadow.

Is this simple farm boy from the quiet village of Westhavenfieldbrook turning into something else?

When a monster out of everyone’s nightmares attacks, Sebastian must quickly figure out what is happening to him and how to use it to defend the people he loves.

Moon & Shadow is the first book in The Channeler Trilogy. A finalist in the 2021 Best Book Awards and a second place winner in the 2021 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, J. Steven Lamperti’s Moon & Shadow is an enchanting fantasy with sweet romance, quirky characters, and engaging humor.

Final Judgment: 4.5 Stars out of 5

Lamperti creates a quaint fantasy world filled with adorable citizens who unfortunately are in trouble–the magic kind. With his Tolkien-esque writing style, Lamperti guides us on a journey to find the trouble and defeat it before it can harm anyone else. And our hero? An average, lonely farmer boy, who just happens to get a bit of (magical) help.

Fans of Tolkien’s The Hobbit will find this story similarly intriguing. The characters each have their own endearing idiosyncrasies, breathing an entire life and background into each, even the seemingly minor characters. And as for the magical elements of the story, the citizens seem to take it in stride, dropping the reader into a world where we must suspend our belief of what is real and what isn’t.

The pacing is much quicker than that of The Hobbit, and reads fairly quickly, especially with the help of the many chapters that average 1-2 pages. With these bite-sized chunks of chapters, the plot never lags and we are given a glance into different characters that otherwise may have gone overlooked.

A fantastic story, full of wonder and childlike innocence.  Short and easy to read. Perfect for JRR Tolkien fans. This is the first in The Channeler Trilogy, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel!


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