"What if all religions were stories, and all stories were true?"
Death of the Body is possibly one of those most unique stories I have ever read. From the first page I became fully engrossed in the world that Rick Chiantaretto created and I was not able to put it down until I finished it. It was so good in fact that I finished the book in one sitting.
Death of the Body is the story about Edmund and his journey from another world (or as the book describes it, another level) called Orenda. Orenda is a world of magic where Edmund is able to directly connect and even communicate with nature.
Tragedy strikes his world when his kingdom is conquered and betrayed by one of his own kind. Even though this betrayer does kill Edmund, he miraculously wakes up in Los Angeles, CA. All he has now to guide him is his father's ring, his magical abilities, and the vague letter from his father he found in Orenda before he was killed.
Now when I say that this storyline is unique, I really mean it. It touches on the subject of religion in a way I have never seen done before and I absolutely love that aspect of the book. It's one of those stories that really makes you think.
What I loved most about Death of the Body along with the unique storyline was the characters. Edmund, Nicholas and Xia are all fantastic with very distinct personalities that seem to jump off the pages as you are reading. Their banter back and forth between one another had me laughing out loud at times and I couldn't help but wish I knew characters like this in real life. The romantic relationship that develops between Edmund and Xia is also quite adorable.
Overall I absolutely loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an dark urban fantasy mixed in with a few (small) horror elements. I can't wait to read the next book in the series :)