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Distant Rumblings (Lords of Arcadia Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Goode
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Book Description

Lords of Arcadia: Act One

Kane Vess may be gay, but he is also extraordinarily ordinary—a crushing weight in Athens, Iowa, where a person’s worth is measured by his uniqueness. But when he meets the school’s newest student, Kane’s ordinariness seems to evaporate. He is desperate to get to know the mysterious stranger… and that leads him into danger.

Hawk is an exile from his homeland, an otherworldly traveler with impossible abilities and a changeling bodyguard. He’s generally disappointed in Earth, which seems common except for Kane. But while Hawk and Kane explore their mutual interest, the forces that made Hawk an exile are busy tracking him down. Kane’s newfound feelings pull him into Hawk’s shadowy fantasy world, where he learns he needs to grow up fast. Kane’s life may now be extraordinary, but if he isn’t careful it could cost him everyone he holds dear—including Hawk.

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  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (March 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KMXY1S
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing, collision of realms/worlds tale. March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Average town, average people, average life and then all hell brakes loose.
Figuratively speaking, opening Pandora's box has never been so delicious. While you are clutching tightly to the box your feet are sinking down through the quicksand. Absolutely no time to gather your thoughts.
Ever wondered what happened after Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"? I did. The end of Chapter Nine sent my brain into overdrive, complete with saucer-size eyes.
There are so many pieces of the puzzle that scattered through the book that I'll be sure returning back to again and again. I keep wondering how the big picture will look like once I get them all in the right order.
Never underestimate the fantasy genre, there are lots of references of places and names, little details that cannot be seen by the naked eye but play the important role in the dramatic revelations. Don't try to figure them out all at once, but keep track of them, it'll fall into the right place when the time is perfect.
I don't want to give away the plot and ruin the surprise but I have to tell you that combined with fantasy and history and mythology and fairy tales and irony/sarcasm of the modern day life - you'll never look at the reality the same way ever again.
It's a cliffhanger ending. You are unmistakably falling down a rabbit hole and the thrill is overwhelming. And there ain't no parachute that they can make for this...
It's an m/m world's fairy tale, tentative and gentle romantic touch of a Young Adult fiction.
Oh, God. I need the next book right about NOW. I highly recommend it.
Five stars, no doubt about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Story! March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have begun this review 4 times. Each time I tried to think of a clever way to pull together all of the elements that made this book shine. In one, I began to tell you of a talking cat (think changeling), or better yet a talking ruby--and please don't make the mistake of offending him by calling him a diamond. I began to tell you how this cat--well this changeling, for cat was only one of its many forms, was the bodyguard of the Prince. But more than that, he was in love with him...however, the love was a jealous and twisted love, much like the true form of this changeling itself. Then there was the ruby, also a Prince in his own right, but given to the elves. He was an elemental--taking the form of a gem and his ofttimes sarcastic responses gave this reader more than a few laughs along the way. But then I thought, no...they were phenomenal secondary characters but not really main characters.

So, I scratched that and went in for the world building aspect. This time I waxed prosaic on the small town of Athens, Iowa, the original hippie kingdom where shops have insanely funny names like "Donde Esta da Bean" (the local coffee shop) and spoke of its inhabitants who all loved and accepted one another, even those who dared to be different--cause there in Athens, different is the norm. I wanted to express to you how a piece of me desired to visit there, sit in the shops, get to know the people. Mr. Goode had drawn them in such a way as to make them funny and appealing and sweet all at the same time. But the, the town was not the real story here, either. So, I sighed heavily, hit the delete button and started again.

This time I attacked the aspect of the new fantasy world that we are introduced to in Distant Rumblings. Arcadia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot makes for a good ya read April 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I found Kane to be an engaging main character. Growing up in a small town I can empathize with his desire to get away. I like that he read like a teenager, and that he was far from perfect. I found Hawk harder to take, and while he does makes some good points about human society, his arrogance, and high handed manner really grated on my nerves. That's when this book really worked for me, because instead of just giving into the boy he's falling in love with, Kane takes Hawk to task for his poor treatment of others, and for his rotten attitude. It was refreshing to see that no matter how much he felt drawn to Hawk that Kane wasn't blind to Hawk's faults, and often struggled with that sense of bonding. It made their quickly developing connection easier for me to take.

The plot seems to be nicely complex, and I like that there seem to be a variety of characters involved for a multitude of reasons, and motivations. I especially liked the dark elf assassins. They were a nice touch, and quite different than I thought they would be. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, and seeing how the plot unfolds, and the characters continue to grow and mature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy March 23, 2013
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I was so impressed with John Goode's "Foster High" novels that I had the urge to read more of his work right off, and I started with "Distant Rumblings."

Here we have a story where the realms of Faerie and the mortal world collide. It's been a while since I read a novel about the Fae--I generally enjoy these sorts of stories, and this one was no exception.

The tone of the story is a bit lighter than that of the Foster High books, with some humour on display as Kane tries to explain the mortal world to the sometimes snobbish Hawk (who is, in fact, son of Titania and Oberon). And the boys have some interesting conversations as they compare and contrast what counts for true worth, what is really important, in each of their worlds.

I appreciated the comedic elements, though the book certainly isn't all sweetness and light. There's danger and adventure to spare here---after all, there are people tracking down the protagonists to kill them, for goodness sake. And there was one plot development that I found to be quite heartbreaking---matter of fact, the more I think about it the more upsetting it is for me, though the author didn't dwell overmuch on this aspect of the story.

The book ends with a cliffhanger, so I am immediately jumping into the sequel, titled "Eye of the Storm." Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Jewel stopped me cold....
When I opened this book, oh did I want to like it. I loved the bumbling main character that doesn't know anything about food or how to cook it but knows what tastes good. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rabid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to Put Down!
Having enjoyed Goode's Foster High novels, which are firmly grounded in reality, I was intrigued as to how he would tackle something more fantastical. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jamie Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome fantasy
This had everything- hum or, action, romance. It is a great riveting read that I really don't want to end. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Gem (Readers will get this pun)
Loved this story, while a bit slow to start and a you're wondering where things are going occasionally the plot is sound and there is no end to the suspense. Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by Brax
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequal
I don't often write reviews for books that I have read, especially if I have enjoyed them. I read far too much in order to constantly write reviews.
This book was wonderful. Read more
Published on October 4, 2012 by Morpheus814
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 needs to come out yesterday.
I'm saying this right up front, I normally don't review books but in this case, I felt compelled to do so. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Robbie Halliwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky. Witty. Fun
Kane Vess is the only openly gay teenager in Athens, Iowa -- or also well-known as Hippieville :). Kane's voice is quirky and funny. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by ASavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great world, great characters, great book
The problem with Athens, Iowa was that it was not normal enough for Kane Vess. That's a funny thing for a young gay guy to think, but it's true. Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by Tom W
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