Review: The Messenger by Mindy Haig

Set in early 1960’s Georgia, The Messenger is a free short story that tells the story of Sammael, an angel cast from Heaven and how he meets and forms a relationship with Delilah, a bi-racial activist whose mission is to escape the constant judgement and persecution she faced on a daily basis because of who she was. This is a short, but powerful story that revolves around racism and its effects on the people who had to survive it. Sammael chased after The Reverend, (a character who I believed was based on Martin Luther King), a man fighting for his beliefs and values. It was believed The Reverend was used by The Messenger ( Archangel Gabriel) to spread the word of The Father. An important note to this story is that  I think The Reverend was portrayed brilliantly and fairly, with both the good and the bad and the story is in no way offensive or rude to anyone.  A huge bonus: unexpected plot twists!! 
Delilah has to be a favorite character in this book.  She is of mixed races, which makes her an easy target for every side of the racist party. She is very easy to relate to, smart, and full of undiscovered sensuality , a side of her that Sammael manages to bring out. 
The Messenger is a very good and quick read that I’d recommend to anyone and I’m definitely looking forward to reading Glory, another story featuring Sammael. 

“A small scream escaped her as we became one and she clutched me tight to her. Her breath was close in my ear. She pressed her lips to my neck as I moved inside her, whispering to me with each movement.
“I never imagined this feeling. I never want this to end. If this is being a woman, Carlowe, I am ready to be all that I have denied. I want to be a woman for you”
“She crossed her arms upon my chest and gazed at me. “Your eyes look like the sky at midnight, Carlowe. I think if I look deep enough I shall see past the stars all the way to Heaven.”
“I wish it were possible for you to find Heaven in my eyes, Delilah.” I sighed and I closed them picturing the place”

Note from the author:
“This story was intended to be part of my novel, Forsaken, the sequel to my upcoming novel, Glory which is due out in June of 2013. However, in writing this particular flashback, giving depth to these characters became so involved that the story itself was too long to use as a memory. I decided to keep it as it was written and publish it as a novella, as it would lose too much of the emotional nature if it were trimmed down to fit within the novel.
While this story takes place chronologically before Glory, it was written after that book was completed. The memory, or lack there of, is important to the climax of Forsaken and the ultimate resolution of the 2 book series. I hereby offer it to you as introduction to the characters. I hope you will enjoy it.”



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