Crusader is the hammer of the True Church. He crushes any heretic for the glory and honor of the True Church. He is numb physically and emotionally, the perfect weapon.
The next mission should be routine, like every other kill before, except he can't. There is something about Isolda Westin that breaks through the numbness. Now he has to unravel the mystery of Ms. Westin, risking the wrath of the Church, which leads to even more mysteries.
Numb ReviewCrusader is an interesting character. You know there's a story behind his numbness so you're just waiting for it to unravel. In the meantime the layers are peeled back showing a more complicated man. He's resourceful out of necessity and overcomes adversity as it is thrown at him by the True Church and other enemies, and even friends.
Isolda's story is tragic and she's someone that you pull for from the beginning. The reveal of the hold she has on Crusader is slow and done really well. Isolda brings a humanity to Crusader that helps to develop who he becomes and reveals who he was.
There are other characters that populate Otte's future world making it an interesting and dangerous place. The leaders of the church like Deacon Siseal, Isolda's friend Gavin, and Crusaders rival, Krestyanov are just some of the people we are introduced to, and none are what they seem.
Numb is an intricate story weaving in faith making an interesting tapestry. Otte finds a way to make God an important part of the story without it seeming like it is forced. Ultimately it is an age old tale about a personal relationship with Jesus versus the rigid, dead religion of those in power told in a futuristic environment. Otte shows that God is everywhere, even in space.
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