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Death of the Body (Crossing Death Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Chiantaretto
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Book Description

I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead.

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

Editorial Reviews


"This is a fully realized world that rivals Anne Rice or William Gibson." ~Christopher M. Jimenez (

"Death of the Body wasn't what I expected it to be, it was so much more! It honestly scared the daylights out of me." ~Helena Ison (Accepted Wisdom Book Blog)

"This was rather different than any other story I have read before." ~Emma D. (Bitten By Books)

"This was one of those books where I ignored my family for a day so I could just sit and read it straight through." ~Autumn Jones (The Bearded Scribe)

From the Back Cover

"Death of the Body is a roller-coaster ride that will leave you questioning reality, religion, and everything you thought you knew. Be ready to lose yourself in this amazing story." ~Rebecca Ethington, author of the Imdalind and Glass series

Product Details

  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda Press (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8II60I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,278 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Marie
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given the opportunity to receive and review an ARC of this book. I am still a little on the fence about this book to be honest. I finished it a couple days ago, and I have spent that time mulling over what I just read, and how I feel about this book.

It was in no way a "bad" book, it just flows differently than most book. It starts with our main character, Edmund, as a ten year old and ends with him being 21. The thing that is odd about this is, that he remains just as mature at the end as he is at the beginning. Not to say that he behaves like a 10 year old when he's 21, but more the other way around. I still am also trying to grasp what genre this book it. It falls in the Paranormal/fantasy genre, but there is also a good dose of darkness in this book. Not something for young teens that's for sure, at least in my opinion. There's a bit of some pretty sick gore.

Another thing that I think some people might not like about this book is how it rips on religion as a whole. It's not just the Christian religions that are mocked, but most all of them. If someone is easily offended at having their beliefs mocked, then this book really isn't for you.

One small thing that I really didn't catch onto, until it was flat out said, was that one of the supporting characters is gay. I didn't know the character is gay until the part in the book when he flat out says he was having sex with a dude, it was established that he was a horn dog but I just assumed that he was a straight horn dog. It's not that the character being gay bothers me, its just that it was never really even hinted at in the first place, or maybe it was and I just didn't catch it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark and twisty tale... December 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I don’t feel like I am giving away any spoilers (it is mentioned in the book’s description) when I say that the book’s main character Edmund dies in the beginning at the age of 10, killed by one of his own. For most stories death of the main character comes at the end, but for Edmund it is just the beginning. He wakes up in another world and struggles to make sense of his new surroundings and a life he doesn’t remember living. He has memories of his life before his death but now people are calling him by another name and his mind is filled with new thoughts and ideas he doesn’t know the origin of. As Edmund struggles to make sense of everything something happens and we are again transported to another time and place.

Edmund ‘s college years bring on new challenges and a new understanding of who he is and where he has come from. But understanding doesn’t necessarily make things better. With the help of his friends, roommates and a cute girl he begins to put the pieces of his past together with sometimes terrifying consequences.

I really enjoyed the magic of this book. Edmund has special abilities that allow him to commune with nature in a way that is unique and original. I have a feeling that he (and we) have only brushed the surface of what he really can do with his abilities. It will be fun to see what happens in the next books.

As some other reviewers have mentioned there are quite a few religious undertones to this story. It is apparent that the author has done some research of several religions and their beliefs and practices. As someone who has studied and explored various world religions I enjoyed this part of the story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By red115
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"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 :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatbook
Whenever a book can make a person use their imagination and they can actually feel the story, that is a great book written by an excellent writer.
Published 12 days ago by S.A. WILSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a quick read.
I enjoyed this book and it was an easy read. It flowed well and had a unique story line. I suppose my main complaint would be the ending. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Roberta Walls
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even on a boring day.
Prologue had potential. It started ok, but then it all went downhill. I couldn't nor did I want to finish. What a waste of time. Thank goodness it was free.
Published 27 days ago by S. Maha
2.0 out of 5 stars CLV
It was an interesting story, a bit slow to take off, but I enjoyed it once I got into it.
Published 1 month ago by christil
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book
A lengthy read but when I finished the book I wanted to read even more. I'm definitely going to be reading book 2.
Published 1 month ago by Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Interesting
Kind of sick and twisted, yet kind of a wondrous magic. Kind of anti-religious, yet very spiritual. Kind of quirky and weird, yet that weirdness allowed it to be very unique - I've... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bret
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of the Body is just the beginning.
{{** Slight Spoiler Alert **}}As the description tells the story is of a young mage, in-tune with magic and the earth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T.Vogt 'Kindle Addict'
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: From Author Unpublished
Death of The Body by Rick Chiantaretto was not exactly what I expected, but it was certainly a fascinating read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cary Morton
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much Preaching
meh ... a LOT of religion when I wasn't expecting it. the story was all over the place and hard to follow at times. most certainly not my cup of tea, you know?
Published 6 months ago by Laura Little Read Riding Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I will admit in the beginning of this book I was a little unsure. I had heard nothing but good thoughts and read very positive reviews, so I trudged on dutifully knowing not all... Read more
Published 8 months ago by White Abbit
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More About the Author

I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average person my age but if I were completely honest, I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.

So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.

I have some books published and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where's the reason to rush?). I've been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.

I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.

Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.

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