I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Assassin by Pamela DuMond
Series: Mortal Beloved,
Published by Pamela DuMond on January 1st 1970
Genres: Young Adult, Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
The Assassin is the anticipated sequel to the YA romantic time travel thriller -- The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One).
"I was a Messenger: I kept the memory of all our encounters, our lives, like a locket that brushes the skin and bones covering my heart. But Samuel was a Healer: he didn't time travel. His kind lived, died, re-incarnated, and he didn't retain memories from his past lives. Every year I landed in required starting our relationship over: from ashes, from scrap...
Every place I journeyed had beauty as well as darkness; all my time-travels were bittersweet." Madeline.
Madeline’s a Messenger: time traveling across lifetimes and delivering messages that could change one life or many. When she discovers that her true love, Samuel, is alive in present day, but doesn’t remember her from their past, she journeys to a deadly royal conflict in medieval Portugal hoping to rekindle his memory. Mortal assassins as well as dark-souled time travelers seek to kill her. Will Madeline and Samuel be together again in life—or only in death?
The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One) is optioned for Film/TV.
The Seeker (Mortal Beloved, Book Three) is publishing late 2015.
Author Pamela DuMond follows up her exciting young adult, romantic, time travel thriller, The Messenger, with the sequel, The Assassin. This novel picks up right on the heels of book one, and finds Madeline ever determined to reunite with the love of her life, Samuel. These two are fated to love throughout time, yet Madeline is the only one who retains memories of their love. Every time Madeline finds Samuel he is a blank slate, and Madeline finds herself having to get Samuel to fall in love with her all over again. No matter the difficulty Madeline is determined to rekindle his memory, each time hoping that it will be the last time, and the two will live happily ever after.
What I enjoyed the most about The Assassin, is that we already know the main characters, so the action picked up more quickly. In this book, Madeline meets Ryan. He’s another Messenger, who her mother sent to train Madeline. He was a great new character, that is handsome, older, and a bit mysterious. Part of me wonders if he’s being set up to be another love interest for Madeline, but I hope not. Love triangles are played out, and I find it’s unnecessary to have one in this series. Aside from Ryan, Madeline meets a lot of other new people when she travels back in time to medieval Portugal.
In Portugal, Madeline gets sucked into a deadly royal conflict. Not knowing what message she’s there to deliver, or to whom, Madeline doesn’t know who to trust. Like always, dangers lurk around every corner, as Hunters continue to hunt Madeline across time. Of course Madeline stumbles upon Samuel, and is torn between doing her duty, and convincing the man she loves to fall in love with her in turn.
Do I Recommend?
On the surface this book is very similar to Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series, yet it’s very fresh. Claire and Jamie never could forget the other, and the idea that Madeline has to form relationships with Samuel each time she meets him in a new time gives this story a new twist. Madeline also meets some new players in this time traveling game, the relationship between Messenger and Hunter gets explored, and new mysteries emerge. The ending left me fist-pumping, and I eagerly anticipate the third book and its upcoming 2015/2016 release. I would recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of romantic historical fiction, paranormal romance, or is a die-hard Outlander fan.
Readers can enter an international giveaway for the chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card, a copy of Pamela DuMond’s The Messenger, or a copy of her latest novel, The Assassin. The giveaway begins on September 28th and will run until October 8th. Enter today!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
- 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
- Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon