Messenger of Fear

Messenger of Fear

Book - 2014
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Michael Grant's Messenger of Fear is a haunting narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human. Fans of Michelle Hodkin's Mara Dyer trilogy and Stephen King will love this satisfyingly twisted series.

Mara Todd wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead. She can't remember who she is or anything about her past. Is it because of the boy who appears? He calls himself the Messenger of Fear. If the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, the Messenger will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged.

It is a world of fair but harsh justice. Of retribution and redemption. And mystery. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger's apprentice? What has she done to deserve this terrible fate? She won't find out until three of the wicked receive justice. And when she does, she will be shattered.

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062207401
Characteristics: 260 pages ;,22 cm

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BWilsoned
Nov 30, 2016

Utterly predictable and not well executed. Grant seems to be trying to delve into deep moral questions, but the idea of these characters maintaining a balance is too ludicrous to suspend disbelief for me.
Try Jackie Morse Kessler's 'Four Horsemen' series, Hunger, Rage, Loss, Breath.

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FireTamer666
May 10, 2016

A interesting book with an even better sequel.

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Imagine_That
May 03, 2015

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant is a thought-provoking novel that tackles morality head on and leaves gears turning in the reader’s head long after the pages have finished turning. The book starts out as a mystery, giving clues as to what is really going on, but it is not until the satisfying conclusion that all of the pieces fit together. It is about a girl who doesn’t know who or why she is, other than that she is , apparently, to be the next Messenger of Fear. She is thrown into a harsh, confusing world. Can she really harden herself into a being which imprints fear into people’s very souls? Does she even want to? Does she have a choice? This novel made me question everything all over again.
Read this book to enter another dimension parallel to our own, and, possibly closer to it than you’d think. Grant’s writing style is descriptive, and makes even things the reader has not experienced feel as if you have experienced and understood them. This kind of relatability allows readers to read about and empathize with characters in almost any situation. It can get confusing, but I was glad I stuck around until the end. If you enjoy dark fantasy, and dramatic writing, then read this book and join Mara on her journey towards the truth.

mvkramer Feb 04, 2015

A co-worker recommended this, so I really wanted to read it - but I could not keep going. Everyone talked super duper melodramatically and I just could not handle it.

JCLChrisK Jan 20, 2015

Some thoughts I had while reading Messenger of Fear:

- This is very overwrought, overly dramatic writing.

- I'm very curious to know what's going on, and at this point have no idea (by design).

- I really disagree with the theology behind this book's fantastical elements.

- I can't buy this logically; about both specific moments and the book's overall premise.

- That was gripping and entertaining, and I enjoyed much about it.

- Many readers will only share with me the previous thought.

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tgabriel_0
Sep 05, 2017

tgabriel_0 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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