I love to read. One of my most favorite passions and hobbies is to read. I go through books like they are water. Chelsea Dyreng is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. She currently has two books, The Cenote, and The Last Messenger of Zitol. I was thrilled to receive a copy of The Last Messenger of Zitol and immediately sank my teeth into it. The Cenote was a wonderful book, although it had some sad parts. I was incredibly happy with the outcome and journey The Last Messenger of Zitol took me on. I LOVE Chelsea Dyreng’s writing! You fall into the story and become obsessed!
The Last Messenger of Zitol is about a group of girls who are kidnapped and taken to a faraway city. The Last Messenger of Zitol focuses on one girl, Rishi, although it does include the others and comes together full circle in the end. The Last Messenger of Zitol is a story told in first person from Rishi’s point of view as well as the prince of the city. It is quite interesting to see the different views on the same story.
The Last Messenger of Zitol does have a strong message of goodness, which is never a bad thing. I do love that although there are implied sexual scenes, they are never talked and walked through. I appreciate reading a book around others without feeling uncomfortable by its contents. The village Rishi comes from places a high value on virtue. There are many great pearls of wisdom weaved throughout this book. From virtue to education, money and greed, so many lessons can be learned from The Last Messenger of Zitol.
The Last Messenger of Zitol is a great book for young adults as well as adults. I would feel 100% comfortable lending this book to any teenager. In fact, this is a book that will sit on my shelves for my children to enjoy when they are old enough.
From the publisher:
When Rishi is kidnapped and taken to Zitól, she 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.
You can read some questions and answers from the author on The Last Messenger of Zitol here. You can purchase The Last Messenger of Zitol online for $14.24 in paperback or $7.99 kindle version. I prefer physical books to hold, but love that there is a digital option as well.