Distant Rumblings (Lords of Arcadia #1), John Goode
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Series
I have been a fan of John Goode since I started reading his Tales from Foster High series. At the time I wasn’t really reading Fantasy or Paranormal books. I told myself I would read his Lords of Arcadia series when I got more settled in the m/m genre. Told in first-person POV from Kane, it is told in third-person from other characters. I was blown away by this book.
Kane is the only gay teenager in Arcadia, Iowa, a hippie town. He lost his mother in childbirth and grew up with an amazingly supportive dad. His best friend, Jewel, and he are different, but they are still really close. He knows he’s gay and has accepted it. But there are no other gay kids in Arcadia. So when he sees a new kid in school, he takes an immediate interest in him.
I have to admit I loved Kane. He was a great narrator and his voice was really easy to follow. His first meeting with Hawk, the new boy, is different to say the least. Personally, though, I believe it’s what really drew me into the book. I don’t want to give too much away but the authenticity in this book made me love it even more than I would have. There are complex characters and situations that I just fell in love with. It wasn’t every character I loved, but I definitely fell in love with the two MC’s and a few of the secondary characters.
Once Kane and Hawk meet things start happening. Kane, of course, has no idea what’s going on. He finds Hawk to be just as strange as Hawk views him. Their miscommunications had me chuckling and sometimes even laughing out loud. I always find it cute when a character gets shy around the guy he’s crushing on. But here we had two characters that couldn’t seem to say how they were really feeling. It did change, though. Thank God! And the romance was just as great as the rest of the book.
Of course the book isn’t just a romance. It has another plot. A really good one. And all of that centres around Hawk being the Prince of Arcadia. He brings the bad guys into town and the mayhem begins. Spike was probably the only character I really disliked. It was pretty obvious to me he was a bad guy and I didn’t allow myself to like him in any way, shape or form. There’s also a talking ruby. Ruber. He… well, he rocked!
Cliff-hangers drive me bonkers and that is how this book ended. I didn’t know how to react, but it did make me crave the next book in the series more than I already had. It’s fun and action-packed with that cool magical element and I loved it – adored it even. But that’s the beauty of John Goode’s books. He always seems to make me want more and more.
Overall, I would say this is one of my favourite paranormal/fantasy books ever. It has a mixture of great plot, characters, and writing all wrapped into one book. I adored it and I can’t give it any less than five stars.
This book was provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.