JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday


I’m thrilled to unveil the trailer for book two in Donna Galanti’s fantaJoshua-and-the-Arrow-Realm-ebook-663x1024sy adventure Lightning Road series, JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM, arriving August 30th. The Midwest Book Review calls book one, JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD, “a heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.”  Grab book one for just $.99cents now through September 20th.

Be sure to enter the fun giveaway package at the bottom of this post that includes a paperback of book one, poster of the Lost Realm, bookmarks, and a $25 B&N gift card (U.S. only). Sign up for Donna’s Thunderclap book release campaign and help her zap the world through social media with her lightning message!

Wow! And here are my thoughts on this second adventure…

Last year I reviewed the first book in the Lightning Road series, Joshua and the Lightning Road.  I’m always a bit leery of sequels as the second book often falls short of the lofty heights set in the first one. No worries here. JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM increases the momentum with an exciting non-stop story line of Greek heroes, hungry beasts, and betrayal from the past and future.

From the first chapter I felt like I was on a roller coaster never knowing when the next twist or turn would happen. You can’t get off, nor do you want to. Joshua is faced again with who he is and how he belongs. Just what is his destiny? He just wants to be a normal kid… but he also knows it’s not possible if what some people are saying is true. He is the one who can bring peace to both this new world and his own… the oracle.

You could jump right into this one as the past adventure is explained throughout, but you’d miss out on the world building and character arc so gracefully laid out. I’m highly anticipating the next road Joshua travels.


On August 30th take the lightning road back to a world of beasts, bandits, and heroes in book two of the Lightning Road series. Join Joshua in a new fight for power in the Arrow Realm. Can Joshua and his friends conquer an unstoppable evil?

Joshua never thought he’d return to the world of Nostos but is soon called to the Arrow Realm to free his imprisoned friend, King Apollo, kidnapped as a power pawn in Queen Artemis’s quest to conquer every realm. With his loyalties divided between our world and theirs, Joshua wonders whether he alone can restore magic to the twelve powerless Olympian heirs and save all those enslaved. But when he finds himself abandoned in his quest, he fears he cannot only save those imprisoned—but himself as well.

“Fast-paced and endlessly inventive, Joshua and the Arrow Realm is a high-stakes romp through a wild world where descendants of the Greek gods walk beside you, beasts abound, and not everything—or everyone—is as it seems.” ~ Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series


  1. I hear the same word from kids describing books they do not like. “Boring” is not something that could ever be uttered about Joshua’s tale. It’s smart, gripping, and one thrilling ride.
  2. French speaking Charlie is the perfect friend for Joshua as they both embark on this adventure. Charlie speaks in honest terms no matter what danger lies ahead.
  3. Family is an important element throughout. Joshua is not sure who his father is or if he has a sibling. Are they even alive? They mystery will continue.
  4. Joshua internal thoughts about his abilities are portrayed in a believable way. He’s scared and curious at the same time. Very typical of an early teen.
  5. High stakes for sure. There’s a world he doesn’t fully understand, near death at every turn, and trapped children Joshua must save. The entire experience will have your heart racing.



A faint rumble groaned through the whistling wind.


Thunder ripped the sky overhead.

Charlie reached the frozen pond, spinning across it. “Woohoo! I win! You Americans can’t beat us at speed!”

Lightning flashed. It zinged across the pine trees like brilliant sunlight. A seed of terror flickered inside me.

Boom! Boom!

Another flash scorched the sky.

Charlie’s smile fell to a frown as he raced across the ice, peering up into the swirling clouds.

We both knew what lightning could do.

Suddenly, sneaking outside for a moonlit sled ride before Bo Chez got home from his monthly poker game didn’t seem so smart.

The sleet turned to snow. Icicles flew off trees like glass splinters, shattering on the hard snow. As I shot toward the pond, a tree on the edge moved. Its branches swayed in the swirling snow.

It wasn’t a tree, but a girl! She stumbled through the mad flurry, arms outstretched.

“Charlie, look!”

Gusts snatched the words away as my sled hit the ice and careened out of control on the bumpy surface. The girl staggered and fell onto the pond. I twisted my sled away to avoid hitting her and smashed right into Charlie. With a yelp, he pulled me up, and we clumped toward the girl. We lifted her up, half dragging her back up the hill to the house in the pelting snow and sleet.

“Who is she?” Charlie yelled.

“No idea,” I yelled back.

He said more, but his words were lost in the wind.

My lungs burned with the cold and effort. There was only one reason someone would appear with lightning—to steal us. This girl might appear like a waif unprepared for a storm but I couldn’t trust that’s all she was.



DonnaDonna Galanti is the author of The Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and The LightningRoad series (Month9Books). She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship. She’s lived in other exotic locations, including Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse, and dreams of returning one day to a castle. Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. You can find her at



A Rafflecopter Giveaway


Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.


About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
This entry was posted in Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

  1. Congrats to Donna on her sequel. Glad you liked it so much. Sounds like something I’d like too.

  2. donnagalanti says:

    Greg, Thanks so much for hosting the Joshua and the Arrow Realm book trailer – AND for reading and reviewing!! Glad you liked it. I love being back on your blog!

  3. Pingback: Book Trailer Reveal for Joshua and the Arrow Realm + Giveaway! - Donna Galanti - mystery, magic and mayhem for all ages

  4. This does sound anything but boring. I think my grandkids would love this series. Thanks for the review. Please let someone else win, though. I am way behind on my reading.

  5. Joni K. says:

    I have some catching up to do. The series sounds exciting and just what my son would enjoy. Loved the excerpt.

  6. Pingback: Joshua and the Arrow Realm Book Trailer Sneak Peek + Sign up for the Reveal! - Donna Galanti - mystery, magic and mayhem for all ages

  7. jennienzor says:

    This definitely sounds unboring. It sounds like something my 11-year-old would love. I like the fact that it has a French-speaking character. Very cool.

  8. Popular book launch today! Interesting to read the different reviews. Sounds like a thrilling read.

  9. diegosdragon says:

    Love watching trailers, and yours showed great special effects. Great big BOOM when the lightning blasted the sentences. Good fortune on your sequel!

  10. Pingback: Winner of Joshua and the Arrow Realm Giveaway + First Reviews & Fall Events! - Donna Galanti - mystery, magic and mayhem for all ages

  11. Pingback: New cover reveals for The Lightning Road series by Donna Galanti! | Always in the Middle…

Place your thoughts here with a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.