Tuesday 31 August 2021

The Haunted Cathedral - Antony Barone Kolenc - The Harwood Mysteries Book 2

The Haunted Cathedral
The Harwood Mysteries Book 2
Antony Barone Kolenc
Loyola Press
ISBN 9780829448122
eISBN 9780829448139

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but I enjoyed this one even more. 

I need to state that this is an excellent read. And I really look forward to reading the third volume in the trilogy. Second I need to state that books with the same titles were released by this author in 2013, those ones were published as a series called The Chronicles of Xan. The author has stated that the books, though carrying the same title are substantially rewritten, Tony has stated:

“The prior series is entirely overhauled, including new plot lines and new major characters, as well as an entirely different writing style. So, yes, there are major differences.”

So even if you have read the earlier version, it would be worth picking up this version, as it is a great read. And if you love this one, do not wait pick up book three as soon as it is available. Now that you have the back story, back to this specific novel.

This story is historical fiction set in medieval England in 1184. Xan has found out that he has a debt because of being a serf. He is separated again from someone very important to him. And He is struggling with anger and desire for revenge against Carlo the leader of the bandits who orphaned him. The description of the book is:

“An ill-fated journey, a long-lost uncle, and a mysterious cathedral mark the next chapter in the life of Xan, an orphan in search of his destiny. For a year, he has lived in the care of Benedictine monks at Harwood Abbey. Now he learns that he has an uncle, said to live in the far-off city of Lincoln.

Will Xan survive the trip alongside the prisoner Carlo and his cruel guards?
Will he find Uncle William?
And why is Xan drawn to the spirit that haunts Lincoln Cathedral—could a ghost reconnect Xan with his dead parents?

Join Xan and his friends to solve the mystery of The Haunted Cathedral.”

Xan’s has realized that his life is not his own. And he is trying to figure out who he wants to be, and who God is calling him to be. But it is not an easy road before him. Carlo’s has an old ally trying to find out where his treasure is kept. And Xan is caught in the middle. But the Abbot, a monk and a priest are all praying for Xan and trying to guide him along a right path. But only Xan can decide how he will react. 

Pick up this book and join Xan with friends both old and new on a high stakes adventure. Not only are lives and freedom at risk, but maybe even eternity.

The book and series is marketed for Middle grade readers but would also be great for tweens and teens. I am in my fifties and I loved it. It is a well written novel and one that will leave you excited for the final book in the series. Antony ‘Tony’ Barone Kolenc is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. He currently teaches law. In this story, he has shown that he has great skill as a story teller. It is a story certain to entertain, reader young and old alike. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Antony Barone Kolenc:
The Harwood Mysteries:

Shadow in the Dark
The Haunted Cathedral
The Fire of Eden
The Merchant's Curse
Murder at Penwood Manor

Harwood Short Stories:
The Lucy Mysteries:

The Chronicles of Xan:
Shadow in the Dark
The Haunted Cathedral
The Fire of Eden

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