Katherine Tegen Books
September 23, 2014
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I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.Michael Grant's Messenger of Fear is a fun start to a new series from the author of the Gone books.
And then the games began.
The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.
But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .
When Mara wakes up, she's unsure of nearly everything - including whether her name is, in fact, Mara. When the enigmatic young man she encounters introduces himself as Messenger but refuses to provide any other answers, her journey begins.
At first she's sure it is all a dream, but soon, Mara knows she could never dream such things. What Mara's part in it all is and how she came to be there are still to be discovered.
While Messenger of Fear is a quick read, it's not a particularly light read. The Messenger's job is not one of fluffy kittens and rainbows. It is one of darkness, death and fear.
That Mara is not given answers to her questions about her presence or the Messenger and what he does, pulls the reader into the story that much more. As she struggles to come to terms with her present situation and what it requires of her along with why it is all happening, we learn more about her and Messenger. It is much more rewarding than having the answers simply doled out upon request.
It was easy to predict the 'revelation' that was coming towards the end of the novel. Yet, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story or the path the characters had to take to that revelation. While we are just introduced to the characters in this first book of the series, we begin to see enough of who they are that I'm eager to read more about them and discover more of their characters in the next books.
Though it is a quick read, Messenger of Fear, will leave you with something to think about long after you have read the last page. I look forward to seeing where things go for the plot and the characters in the next book.
Other books you may also enjoy: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade and Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
thank you to the publisher for my copy of the book