Prophecies are not always clear. That is what seventeen-year-old Silas Ainsley learns when he finds himself in a realm called Marenon. The people of Marenon are nearing the brink of war and many of them claim that Silas is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Each group wants to use him for their own purposes, and he doesn't know who is trustworthy. With the help of a lawless band of mercenaries, Silas must journey to uncover the meaning of the prophecy before Marenon falls to ruin. The only way to get to Marenon is to die, and Silas has just arrived. (-synopsis from Goodreads)
The Deliverer is a moderately paced action fantasy book that is told from several points of view. The book revolves around Silas, a seventeen-year-old boy who dies trying to keep a medallion his grandfather gave him safe. Suddenly he's propelled into a strange world that is full of fighting and people that don't look anything like him.
While trying to find his grandfather, Silas meets a group of people who are going on a dangerous mission and need a fifth person. He agrees to go as the fifth only if the group will then help him find his grandfather. They travel to a town full of strange colored people and the fighting begins. Will Silas make it out alive? We he find his grandfather and fulfill the prophecy?
I enjoyed the fast paced parts of this story. I found the fighting scenes to be action packed and fun to read. There's a lot of sword-fighting, magic using, and fists flying throughout the book. I also enjoyed the fact that there were a few women involved in the fighting. This isn't always the case but in this book there are 2 women involved in the war.
However, I felt as though there were a lot of wordy, unnecessary passages in between the action. I also had some difficulty keeping the names of the people and the names of the places straight. Many of them were very similar which made it confusing at times.
Some of the details also left me wondering. When Silas dies he doesn't seem to care about anyone but his grandfather. He doesn't think about anyone he's left behind or of trying to find his parents. I was also left wondering about how one gets into Marenon. Obviously when a human dies they have a chance to get into Marenon but there is also a mysterious gate that leads to Earth. I'm not sure why the characters didn't just use this gate to get back and forth instead of having to die to get there.
In all, there are enjoyable parts and parts of this book that seemed to drag on. I can see teenage boys that enjoy reading and action liking this book. I'm not sure that younger teenagers would be able to get through the book though with it's long, descriptive passages and unique names.
I give this book 2 ½ stars out of 5.
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