Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Last Messenger of Zitol by Chelsea Dyreng

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The Last Messenger of Zitol by Chelsea Dyreng
My rating: 4 .5 off 5 stars
Source: Received from the Publisher to Review
Genre: Fiction

Book Description:  Taken captive to the magnificent kingdom of Zitol, an ancient American city with a passion for food, gold, and human sacrifice, Rishi is forced to decide between betraying her virtue or being sacrificed to the city's pagan gods.

My thoughts: This book was not what I expected. That is a compliment to Chelsea Dyreng. She has once again surprised me with her writing and story.

Rishi is a young woman living an idealistic life on her island home with her family. She has everything she needs and wants, except an adventure to Zitol. She listens to her Grandfather's stories about the city and imagines it to be a wonderful place. She quickly learns the truth when she is kidnapped from her home and taken to the city. It is not a place of wonder, but a corrupt society that thrills in human sacrifice.

She makes an unexpected ally in the narrator of the story. This book is an adventure of an ancient past. I love the fictional setting that explores issues that the people of ancient America lived. This book also has a Cenote, a thing I was unaware of until Dyreng's first book, The Cenote.

Dyreng is an author that I will look forward to reading in the future. She has a way with words and description. I could imagine her setting and the people. She has amazed me once again.

The book contains innuendo, a non-graphic rape, and violence.

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About the Author:  Chelsea Bagley Dyreng is the author of “The Cenote.” She was raised in Wyoming and Idaho and earned her BA at Brigham Young University. She worked for several years as a librarian before moving to North Carolina where she and her husband are raising five God-fearing, book-loving, adventure-seeking kids.

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