Author: Chelsea Dyreng
Genres: YA Historical, YA Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Cedar Fort
“Messenger of Zitól,” he said in a booming voice, even though the girl was standing right in front of him. “Ask the gods to grant us another year of rain and sun for our crops. Beg them to protect our great city. Thank the gods for their preservation of our traditions and culture!”
The Messenger’s face was composed, but Rishi could see the violent trembling of her hands. Then drums began again, quiet and slow.
As a result of her brothers’ cruel prank Rishi and her friends are kidnapped from their island home and taken to the fabled holy city of her grandfather’s stories. But when she arrives in this place of towering temples, she finds that it is not at all what her grandfather described.
Rishi is chosen as The Messenger, and faces an unthinkable future: she is to be sacrificed to appease the gods. To survive in this place, where greed, lust, and fear eclipse compassion, Rishi befriends the selfish and ignorant king, only to discover that he may not have the power to save her after all.
In this gripping romance of ancient America, Rishi will have to help the king learn about restraint and true love if she wants to stay safe and alive.Rishi faces an unthinkable future… THE LAST MESSENGER OF ZITOL #yahistorical #yaromance @dyrengo Click To Tweet
This is great read with an lush setting, characters you want to root for, and a fantastic message. The story keeps a good pace and Rishi is the kind of heroine I identified with.