The Assassin (Mortal Beloved #2) by Pamela Dumond

The Assassin by Pamela DuMond
(Mortal Beloved, #2) 
Publication date: July 5th 2015
Genres: Time-Travel, Young Adult

“All the excitement of Outlander if it was a YA series.”

THE ASSASSIN IS the anticipated sequel to the YA Time Travel romantic thriller — THE MESSENGER.

The Messenger has been optioned for Film/TV.

The Assassin will be featured in Glamour UK Magazine September 2015 edition.

Time Traveler. Messenger. Beloved. Spy.

“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 SEEKER (Mortal Beloved, Book Three) publishes Winter 2015/2016.

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They say time heals all wounds. However, they never took in to account a time traveling messenger that must rekindle a fated love story within each lifetime she travels to. Every time she moves into the next life, her mission is to fall in love with Samuel, a healer. Those that say time heals all wounds also say that ignorance is bliss. It would seem that the ever illusive they seemed to get one of these statements correct, at least in the case of Samuel. Since he is a healer, he does not carry his past lives with him, therefore all that he was slips through the cracks of time, only to be caught by Madeline. Tasked with the mission to win the heart of Samuel and fulfill her birthright as a messenger, she finds herself in the midst of insurmountable tasks, left to her own devices and the power of her memories to overcome her circumstances.

I have always been a fan of time traveling stories, so when the opportunity came up to review a new series in this genre, I jumped at the chance. While there are many works that include time travel elements, rarely are they done well.  I am pleased to say that this book and its predecessor blew me away. The plot was so original and yet also relatable that I found myself drawn within the pages of Madeline’s world within minutes of starting the books. Her thoughts became her thoughts and her tasks my tasks. Every emotion was so well depicted that I could see everything that occurred in real time, whenever that time may have been.

I really enjoy that Dumond brought in so many defining details in this book. Madeline travels to very specific times, and those times are impeccably researched. Not once did I encounter a detail out of place, which is very rare in modern books. The time Dumond took to ensure that her tales were not only well crafted but accurate is a detail that does not go unnoticed.

Additionally, the voice that Dumond breathes into Madeline is exceptionally compelling. Far too many heroines in recent works have a voice that is unsure, insecure, and timid. Madeline, while relatable, is a strong female character that I never tired of. Many times when reading a book, or even a series for that matter that is written in this style, I grow weary of being inside the mind of the character. To my delight I never once became exasperated with Madeline, and I even found myself wishing I could know more and more about her.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. This work in incredibly original in a sea of books that can easily be interchanged.  I found myself unable to put it down, and am very eager for the next installment of this series to be released. This was truly a pleasure to read, and I firmly believe that we will be seeing even more from Dumond in the future.

Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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