“Picked up this book late at night and thought i would read a chapter or two, 3 hours later I could barely put it down. Great page turner. Characters you really get to know. Exciting and fast paced..” -Amazon review
Kelsey Rae Barthel’s debut novel, Beyond the Code, combines a covert shadow war, high-paced action, deep-seated conspiracies, and remarkable superpowers!
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Beyond the Code by Kelsey Rae Barthel
To the common world, Aurora Falon is merely the pampered daughter of a rich and influential family. But to the secret world of The Order, she is Luna, the powerful and formidable warrior knight, under the rule of her master, Cole Iver. Together, they strive to bring down Damon Lexus, a wicked master who uses her knights in cowardly and dishonorable ways for her own selfish desires. But when they obtain evidence that may bring Damon Lexus under the judgement of The Order’s ruling power, The Hand Council, Damon makes a rash decision and orders the assassination of Cole Iver.
By pure coincidence, Luna catches Damon’s knight in the act but is too late to save her master and kills the assassin in a moment of grief stricken rage. Luna knows the one with her master’s blood on her hands is not the one she killed, she seeks the assassin’s master. But after a failed attempt at revenge, Luna is pulled from the depths of her dark anger and put on a better path by the Hunter who was ordered to kill her. Together, they will work to break away from being mere tools for the powerful and become heroes.
“Knights, Ladies, Kingdoms – and mysterious plots and incidents color this very impressive debut novel, presented by a lady who seems to be ready to join the forces of escapist adventures.” -Amazon review
“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.’ ” -Amazon review
“This epic sword and sorcery novel by Kelsey Rae Barthel is a bright addition to the fantasy genre.” -Amazon review
About the author
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.
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