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Emissary

Emissary When unquiet ghosts walk the earth the servants of Atenas God of Death guide them to their final rest in His domain For six years Zerafine priestess of Atenas and her companion Gerrard have walk

  • Title: Emissary
  • Author: Melissa McShane
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When unquiet ghosts walk the earth, the servants of Atenas, God of Death, guide them to their final rest in His domain For six years, Zerafine, priestess of Atenas, and her companion Gerrard have walked the known world, bringing peace to the dead and fair judgment to the living Hated and feared as a death bringer by many, Zerafine has never regretted her decision to servWhen unquiet ghosts walk the earth, the servants of Atenas, God of Death, guide them to their final rest in His domain For six years, Zerafine, priestess of Atenas, and her companion Gerrard have walked the known world, bringing peace to the dead and fair judgment to the living Hated and feared as a death bringer by many, Zerafine has never regretted her decision to serve Atenas and never doubted her ability to carry out His will.Until now.An unexpected assignment from the Archpriest of Atenas sends Zerafine and Gerrard to Portena, the oldest city in the world, in pursuit of a kind of ghost no one has ever seen before spirits that vanish before they can be sent to Atenas s court, appearing and reappearing at random As emissary of Atenas, Zerafine s task is to discover the true nature of these ghosts and find a way to bring them peace But Zerafine s task puts her at odds not only with the rulers of Portena, but with the high priest of another God, and she soon realizes that all is not as it seems in the great city If Zerafine fails to learn the truth and put these ghosts to rest, it could mean disaster not only for Portena, but for the world.

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    1. Emissary is a fantasy with an ancient Greece type of setting, but (as far as I can tell after Googling several words with very little success) the setting, names of gods and goddesses, types of magic, etc were all created by this author, so more power to her for that. The setting, as well as the fact that the gods and goddesses are quite real and periodically get involved directly in the lives of the characters, reminded me somewhat of Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief.Zerafine is a thelis (a type [...]

    2. I've been debating for months what to do when this was finally published—rating/reviewing wise, I mean. I'm married to the author, so it's not like this is going to be unbiased or anything. At the same time, I truly love the book and believe it is as good as I'm going to say it is. In other words, Melissa wouldn't dream of pressuring me to write a good review and that's just one of the many things I love about her. And, I like to think of myself as honest, at least enough so that if I thought [...]

    3. Zerafine serves Atenas, the god of death. She has traveled around for six years with her guard, tall, blond Gerrard, consoling ghosts, that is, helping them pass through Atenas's archway before they can do great harm in this world.She's sent to the ancient city of Portena to investigate a weird sort of . . . apparition, because surely they cannot be ghosts, as they don't behave like ghosts. Here she and Gerrard meet votaries of some of the other gods, and the ruling Council of the city, as she g [...]

    4. I really liked this ^^ - the gods reminded me of the interactions in Michelle West's Essalieyan series (the magic of the words of power in her Elantra series), the banter between Gerrard and Zerafine a bit of Martha Well's Wheel of the Infinite (although Zerafine at least is much younger).I don't mean stuff was copied, but deftly interwoven into something new in a way that reminds me of my fun reading in the late 80s, early 90s. Mercedes Lackey's first trilogy, for example. This story is fully d [...]

    5. So, this is OUR Melissa, you guys! I got to read this a while ago, and back when I was writing the title and author down in my reading notebook over a year ago, knew it was a winner. But that didn't necessarily guarantee its publication so that everyone would be able to read and enjoy it. Now you can read and enjoy it, and it's wonderful, so you really should.

    6. (No rating since I'm friends with the author.)I really liked this, especially the characters and relationships! The world building was interesting and everything wrapped up nicely.I was sorry to be finished with it. I still feel half in the world.

    7. Like so many of the books I've been reading lately, this one has been on my Teetering Pile since it was first published (I've been absolutely horrible about reading in recent years). The author is an old friend and so I'm rather sad I let it languish for as long as I did!The book was filled with interesting characters and some good world-building that made me want to read more in the same universe (although a quick look over the author's bibliography seems to indicate there's nothing else writte [...]

    8. Disclaimer: The author of this book is a personal friend. Even so I'm pretty sure if it sucked I'd tell her sod possibly run thereafter, but still. She'd rather I review it honestly, and that's the plan. Review: Emissary is the story of a priestess of Death, Zerafine and her protector Gerrard. Zerafine's job is to help restless ghosts find their way into the court of Atenas, God of Death, and it's a job she's very good at. Good enough that when ghost that don't act right start appearing in the c [...]

    9. I feel like I may be the only reviewer so far not connected to the author!Anyway - for me, this book felt a bit off balance. I thought the world-building was really creative and interesting, but I got way more information about some aspects of it than I wanted, and then way less than I wanted about other aspects.The narrative also felt unbalanced - way too much at the start and middle, when all the character is really doing is wandering around the city talking to people, and then when things get [...]

    10. Reminded me in some ways of Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion books, and of Martha Well's The Wheel of the InfiniteI enjoyed it a lot!

    11. There is a lot to like in this novel. It's fantasy novel of the clash of politics and religion in the presence of a potential city-destroying disaster. Zerafine is a priestess of the god of death which sounds like what you'd expect of an antagonist, but this is her story. The religion is welcomed yet feared, and her primary duty has been to "console" ghosts - helping them get in touch with what remnants of happiness they can recall and helping them on to their final destination.But in the oldest [...]

    12. Just as a disclaimer, I know the author. But if I hadn't liked it, there just wouldn't be a review. :)I really liked how the heroine Zerafine dealt with the everyday misunderstandings of her purpose among the common folk. It lent a depth of character that meant the story and characters were well thought out. She's dedicated even in the face of ignorant superstitions and undeserved fear.It was also interesting how the main story line developed and changed in unexpected ways. (No spoilers here, th [...]

    13. Great Debut!I was a little blown away with this book. I honestly can't say enough good things! The story was unique, the characters lovable (and believable), the dialogue witty, the world fully imagined, and the plot clever. Thank you to the author for jumping right in and not wasting a ton of time on back story and for trusting the reader to figure some things out on our own. I hate when authors force feed you every little detail to explain things that we can otherwise work out on our own. Than [...]

    14. Great story, over too soon!Wonderful characters, unique and fascinating world building, good dialogue, and a strong plot (though a little slow in the beginning and a bit rushed in the ending).

    15. I was really enjoying the book until I was disappointed by the ending, which felt cut short. The book needed an epilogue to wrap up all the loose ends and questions brought up in the story.

    16. It's official I like this author. She spins a great story with intriguing characters and worlds. I'm wondering if she's got more books than the ones I know about.The Review,the Cover: Eh, I could take it or leave it. Zerafine (which always translated to Serafina in my head even though I know the pronunciation thanks to the guide in the back) looks very cool and mysterious in her cloak and writhing blue smoke but If i was judging the book by the cover, I wouldn't have picked it up. The Story: Int [...]

    17. I liked the ideas of this book but it felt rough. Like there were sections where there wasn't enough description and a lot of the character motivations weren't fleshed out enough. Although you could tell what was going to happen, because most of the characters felt familiar, the lack of individuality in the characters didn't make it too interesting. Also there were a lot of character names and you weren't given enough time to learn who they were.

    18. Lots of things to like in this book but the romantic angst was a little off for me. I mean, you could tell it was coming but then all of a sudden it was in your face. I would definitely like to read something else by this author though.

    19. I need a Gerrard!A ghost hunter with a sentare. This book was so good for me. The story building and character building kept me enthralled until the end.

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