By: J. B. Arnold
Where do I start with this book? I grabbed an eBook and couldn’t wait to read it. Of course, being a mother of two, it took me longer to read, which I am not a fan of, but every time I opened up that eBook, I was sucked right back into the chaos known as Floria.
A city full of life, from peasants living on the streets, begging for food or money for drugs to the rich Lords who live behind their walls to keep themselves “safe” from those in the lower classes. Markets full of people looking to buy things they need. Aromas of food swiftly bombard noses of customers, especially for one of J.B.’s characters. Items promising help in everyday life in some way just to get the customer’s money. A tavern with an Inn that provides comfort and company.
A place where one man hoped to escape his past. A sad past that hurts his heart every day. Odin, the main character, has to navigate through a new home, but luckily, he isn’t alone. He was at first until he met Simon, a sailor on the ship he traveled on. Not knowing they’d become great friends who had each other’s back, Odin at first shrugged off their first encounter and chat on the ship. Then Odin found a new friend in the tavern’s beautiful, strong, and witty barkeep, Lilly. Could there be more? Or has his past ruined love for him? What is his past? (Sorry, but I won’t say. You’ll just have to get a copy and read.)
He thought finally life can be normal, he can escape the pain of his past, and he can just live. Oh but J. B. had other plans for our friend Odin. Cue the scary alley that Odin decides to go down after hearing some pretty scary sounds one night.
This is the first time Odin meets the ghost? The demon? The monster? The creature? He can’t put his finger on what he saw, but I as the reader can tell you, I am no longer comfortable with alley ways. I actually went to a coffee shop not too long ago and there was an alley way beside the shop. I took one look and shivered, thinking of the red eyes.
J.B. describes Floria in such a way, you are transported there. And then when he describes the pure fear that comes with the creature he has created, you start to feel your heart thump harder, you pulse racing, and your palms sweat.
His book is a great read. Following Odin as he does his best to let go of his past only to realize it is a dangerous weapon. Following Simon who only wants his food and fun but follows his friend to find out what is happening to the people who go missing in Floria. And following the lovely Lilly who is worried about his father and actually falling for Odin, the feeling slowly becoming mutual.
I won’t give too much more away but this was a fun book to read. If you love the books that fully immerse you, then grab a copy. I loved it! 5 out of 5 stars for sure.
P.S. J.B. is in the process of getting another book ready for publication. I’d find him on Facebook if you’d like to follow his progress with is books. Look up Author J. B. Arnold and follow his author page.
J.B. keep up the great writing.