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Posted May 1, 2011
Review: The Messenger In The Mist
Dionne plunges readers into a mist-filled world. The novel's heroine - a messenger named Star - is an integral part of the world she belongs to. Star is the fastest rider of the Interkingdom Carriers, ferrying mail between the kingdoms of Evenspark and Ravencliff, all the while attempting to evade the dangerous creatures called the Elyndra, who live in the mist and attack riders. When a fellow messenger is killed, Star vows to find a way to destroy the Elyndra. She teams up with the treacherous Fallon Leer, a man she doesn't know if she can trust. Meanwhile, Star is struggling with her feelings for Prince Valen, who is betrothed to Princess Vespa. Star decides to try her hand at unraveling the mystery of the mist. But what can a messenger and a criminal hope to accomplish when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds?
Dionne's wholly believable fantasy world is a joy to travel into. With unique creature species, it is somewhat reminiscent of The Dark Crystal. The story is a thrilling fantasy adventure, and in keeping with her other stories, all of the characters have strong motivations for acting the way they do. Aubrie Dionne shows a true mastery of the uses of the English language as she weaves together beautiful sentences like, "Together they were converse entities, like midnight and the moon, the horse absorbing light and the girl reflecting it as if a thousand glimmering particles dusted her hair and skin." This book is a definite page-turner that keeps you hooked.
"Messenger in the Mist" is a tightly paced fantasy adventure set in a world where court intrigue and tragic romance operate in the shadow of a dire threat. Monsters lurk in the foggy skies beyond the limits of the cities. For Star Nightengale, every ride she undertakes to deliver mail between the kingdoms of Evenspark and Ravencliff is a race with death. But her fear for her safety is countered by her hope for love, for Star's independent heart has drawn her to Prince Valen of Ravencliff. When chance provides an opportunity to gain the trust of the royal family and the craved attention of the Prince, Star is pulled deeper into the politics of power. To her dismay, she soon discovers that feelings are secondary to royal alliances. With little left to lose, Star is driven to take rash action to confront the monsters that threaten both kingdoms. In the company of a rogue whose fortune has also suffered major reversal, she sets out on what may be her last ride.
Dionne has created a vivid world with unique problems and believable characters. The action moves logically and the dialogue is tight, providing an easy grasp of the plot and critical insight into the characters. The revelation of what the monsters are and from whence they come adds a rich depth to the tale. The 150-page "Messenger in the Mist" is a quick, but satisfying read. Fans of do-or-die adventure as well as those who appreciate a scoop of star-crossed love with their fantasy will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Posted March 12, 2011
Maiden in the Mist is a wonderful adventure into another realm; with a dynamic, brave-hearted heroine, fantastic creatures and a thought-provoking plot. This book drew me in, like a moth to a flame. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Not only does it appeal to the adventurous of spirit; as Star (the heroine) travels afar, facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, but it pulls on your heartstrings as well. I adored the princess's bunnyfly. The imagery of a fluffy bunny with glittery wings is so cute. I could just see Bellanina flouncing around the castle, with Flopsy in tow, doting on her beloved pet. As for romantic intrigue, this book artfully weaves a mosaic of events that leads the heroine to her true destiny and true love. Aubrie Dionne has once again captured my admiration with this thrilling tale. -Donna Waters: Author of The Gnome ChroniclesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.