What I liked:Never venture off course, Zetta’s voice screamed in her memory. Not for anything or anyone.
Both societies were caged and imprisoned within their own walls, threatened by all sides in a state of siege.
Valen considered her answer. Her was impressed that she would put the welfare of another in front of her own dreams.
“Fate has rewarded you. It must be your destiny.
Star, a messenger and member of the Elite Riders of Evenspark, proves her utmost loyalty to the kingdom in her deliveries between Evenspark and nearby Ravencliff. But she allows her professionalism to slip occasionally in her quest to seek the truth. Plus she dreams of meeting Ravencliff’s dashing Prince Valen in order to bring her fantasies to reality.
Star’s desire for truth and knowledge leads her down a path of danger when she learns more than she can possibly handle. Not only does she face losing her means of support and reputation, Star also faces physical danger when she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the kingdoms and from the eerie outside forces called the Elyndra. These evil creatures threaten to destroy everyone and everything in their deadly and misty path.
Star must undertake the most dangerous mission of her life to save others even if she risks losing her own life. But just when she is most alone, along comes the unlikely assistance from the mysterious Fallon Leer – will he prove to be one more danger on the journey? Will she toss aside her sensibility at the wrong time?
Author Aubrie Dionne’s Messenger in the Mist transports readers to a land of danger and a time of honor. Dionne’s writing works by twisting present day attitudes and timeless values into a tale set in a futuristic fantasy world where humankind struggles for survival. Star is the heroine whose taste for adventure and desire for love force her to make difficult choices as she sacrifices her wishes for the lives of others.
Book blurb: Two factions on the verge of war…A countryside overrun with beasts…A love tested against duty…
Star, a messenger for the Elite Riders of Evenspark, races through the misted countryside delivering correspondence to the bordering Fortress of Ravencliff. The route is haunted by the mysterious beasts that lurk in the moors. Star risks her life for the hope of relocating her parents, for the glory of her illustrious career, and for an unrequited love.
On one such mission, Star discovers she carries plans for the assassination of Prince Valen of Ravencliff – the man who has captured her heart. Weighing love against livelihood, she must decide what’s more important…the safety of her country or her love for the Prince, who is betrothed to Princess Vespa of Evenspark.
With the mist is rising, enabling the Elyndra to gather and threaten the borders of both kingdoms, Star must unravel the mystery of their existence and forestall a war.
Book excerpt: Suddenly, a giant flutter and a gust of wind soared above her head. Star looked up just in time to see the mist curl around a set of black spidery legs. She tried to calm her heart as it sprinted ahead, skipping a few beats. The beast would have to time the arc of its descent precisely when Windracer would pass underneath.
Star crouched in her saddle, searching the tendrils of mist hovering over her. As if drawing on Star’s growing fear, Windracer quickened her pace. Star wondered how long her horse would be able to keep up the faster gait, and if the Elyndra could calculate its plunge once again with the change of speed in mind. Slowly, careful not to fall out of her saddle, Star reached behind her and unsheathed her dagger. Next time, she would be ready for the attack.
Sure enough, several heartbeats later, the rush of air came again. Star ducked in the saddle, raising her arm with the dagger in hand. She felt a thorny appendage scratch her forearm, groping at her.
Tammy Elizabeth Southin