Crusader is numb. He feels neither emotion nor pain, a divine gift that allows him to be the Ministrix’s best assassin.
Whether it’s heretics from within or heathens from without, Crusader is the sword in the True Church’s hand. And if he remains obedient to his superiors, he will be able to let go of his guilt.
But then he’s ordered to kill Isolda Westin. It shouldn’t be a problem. A target is a target. When Crusader sees Isolda’s image, though, something strange happens. He experiences a moment of panic, a wave of emotions–the first he’s felt in as long as he can remember.
In that moment, he realizes he can’t fulfill his mission. He can’t kill Isolda Westin, even if it means he’ll be condemned as an enemy of the Ministrix.
Soon Crusader and Isolda are on the run. Will they be able to learn why the Ministrix wants Isolda dead? Or will they both soon face the harsh justice of the “True Church”?
Reviews & Endorsements:
John Otte writes Numb with a powerful efficacy, weaving technical, emotional, and spiritual threads with incredible ease. I cannot remember the last time I devoured a book in a matter of hours—absolutely enthralling! Deep characters and otherworldly complexity contained that “magic” which brings about total immersion in the world’s complexities. Don’t blink—or skim—in Numb because you’ll miss amazing genius! ~ Ronie Kendig, Christy award winning author
Otte has seriously launched himself onto my list of favorite authors. His stories are deep and thought provoking while being fast paced and fun. The characters engage in struggles that sort of take our natural everyday struggles to the extremes to both teach and enthrall us. Otte clearly loves the genre he’s writing in and understand how to build a universe without getting bogged down in the details. In short, you simply cannot remain numb to Numb. The characters, the storylines, and the theme all converge to tell a great story with a compelling message. ~ Josh Olds, reviewer at Life Is Story
Accolades: Finalist for the 2014 Christy Awards
Cover design by Alexadre Rito