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Blurb (from Gooreads):
The games continue in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s sequel to Messenger of Fear: a haunting tale for fans of Stephen King that combines fantasy with real-world horror stories.
Mara has learned to punish the wicked as the Messenger’s apprentice. Those who act out of selfishness and greed, and others who become violent because of prejudice and hate, pay the ultimate price. But Mara is constantly reminded that Messengers are serving their own kind of punishment—for every person who is offered justice, they wear a tattoo that symbolizes the heart of the crime. As Mara delves deeper into her harsh reality, she will discover that in spite of all the terror she and Messenger inflict, caring in this world is the hardest part of all.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“Why do people do evil things?”
Messenger’s answer stunned me. “Why did you?”
This was a good second instalment, and I enjoyed it much more than ‘Messenger of Fear’.
I felt sorry for Mara in this story, as she saw how hard her life would be, and how loveless her life would be it seemed to have a real impact on her, and I think she finally started to understand what being a messenger would be like, and how she was being punished by having to punish other people.
“I ask for the judgment of Isthil.”
The storyline in this was pretty good, we got some intolerance of different cultures, and some outright murders in this book, and the punishments seemed quite fitting also. The romance angle went a bit wrong for Mara, but that wasn’t really the main focus of the book. I also loved the joke about Mara complaining that the research books should have kindle versions so that she could search them easier!
“We stood there in silence, the boy in black, and the girl who loved him.”
The ending to this was also pretty good, and it will be interesting to see what happens to Mara in the next book in the series!
7 out of 10