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From the Author
- Print length : 441 pages
- Publisher : M. S. Dobing; Revised and Updated May 2016 edition (November 16, 2015)
- Publication date : November 16, 2015
- File size : 1558 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0184PNP22
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #833,097 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The book lacks editing. Seriously, if there is anyone who claimed to edit this book, they should be beaten with a high school grammar text until some of it sinks in. I don't think the book was even given a basic spell check. It's a bit distracting.
I expect that this author will become MUCH more enjoyable once a decent edit happens.
After the exciting, intriguing opening, you get hints of the depth behind the unfolding narrative. The shadow creatures possessing people are Sheol, the trained warriors battling them are the Brotherhood and others, they are using their "sense" to interact with The Weave and challenge the "Consensus". You get hints about the Aware, Latents, the Unaware, the Observers. Magi and Runic Script. It was immediately obvious that the author had a fully realized mythology for the reader to uncover through the plot. The real-world setting is northern England, which is wonderful because most UK-set urban fantasy takes place in London and this was a refreshing change. But there is an entire universe behind this one, and in fact there are multiple universes with a rich history and the vast scope and ambition is pretty astonishing. The impressive thing is that everything fits together perfectly.
Our route into this world is Seb, a young guy with a latent gift who may or may not learn to use his power and his is the classic hero's journey. But this is a multi character narrative and we get interwoven chapters from the perspective of Caleb, Sylph, Cade and Marek who each have their own roles, objectives and secrets. It's unclear at times who are the good guys and who you should be cheering on.
Another thing I really liked was the action. It was all really well described, not too long or too short and it was exciting and very visual. I am left with a lot of great images from the story and I feel like most of them are from the action scenes. There is magic combined with hand to hand combat, throwing knifes, gun fights and all kinds of awesome mental abilities.
All in all a good book and I can't wait for the next in the series.
Can't wait for the next book!
It's a version of urban fantasy, but it's actually universe spanning. The concept is unique (won't say more) and there is genuine puzzlement in the beginning, which is explained quite well later on, and all the weird words and concepts make sense.
I do recommend this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Set yourself up for demons, mages, gods and much more with Message Bearer. Dobing has created a unique spin with his individual interpretation, and has combined mythologies in a realistic and compelling manner. I found myself hooked and as the pages turned the more believable Message Bearer became.
If that's not all, for anyone who lives around or near Blackpool, the first part of the story is set here, with references to real locations such as Stanley Park and The Promenade. Carlisle and the Lake District are also mentioned briefly. This book is set in the UK but don't let that put you off if you're unfamiliar with the locations, you are not required to know the places in detail to enjoy this novel. Dobing has ensured with his writing that anyone can easily imagine the locations in MB.
Nearly every chapter is bursting with action and suspense. Seb is the main character and main view point, but you are told the story from multiple points of view. Allowing for the reader to just be aware enough of the 'good' and 'bad' guys intentions, yet not enough to give away all the answers. MB is well written and has been thoroughly thought out, Dobing has a good writing style and a natural way with telling stories.
Message Bearer is a fun and exciting read. I've not seen so many mythologies combined this way before but I have been delighted at how Dobing has slotted them together. I was getting a Norse mythology vibe from this story, especially with the mention of Woden, however there are many mythologies mentioned and many more to come in the follow ups. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in mythologies and anyone who likes magic and action.
paranormal books, I couldn't get my head round all the "science" explanations about
the Weave, the Way, Shards, atoms, protons, changing reality, the Observers, the
Seb presumes he is human, but he is really an untrained mage. When he tries, and fails, to help Sarah
(a non-human but not sure what she was) escape a Demon, he is injured. Before Sarah dies
she passes a memory to Seb's mind, which he cannot unlock.
He is helped by Cade, who has yellow eyes, but otherwise looks human, and who drives an Audi and
uses a mobile phone. Cade is hundreds of years old and is a member of an ancient Brotherhood - part
human and part demon (sheol). The Brothers are enhanced warriors and protect the magi against sheols.
There are two factions of magi - and traitors in both camps. But all of them want Seb to learn to become a mage
so they can unlock the secret that Sarah left in his mind.
I enjoyed the fight scenes, but not the many explanations of how all these beings - mage, sheol, brothers, etc. -
came to this planet. This could be read as a stand-alone, but the ending is left with issues which will
probably be solved in the next book. There was no sex, romance or swearing in the book.