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Shoot the Messenger (Messenger Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 1, 2018
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The plot left me bleeding my heart and mind out. It was gore and angst and just downright injustices here and there. It was beautiful and deceptive-mostly its beauty was deceitful. Everything I've read was...not what it had seemed like. It was a great buildup of the world/s. Although the faerie planet wasn't physically described, it felt like I was able to be there whenever the heroine had flashbacks.
I think the heroine was pretty controversial herself. Not only in her fictional world, but also to me as a reader. Since being a slave to the royal faes was what she's known all her life, if it all comes down to it, no one could really blame and shame her for the life she's led on and for the decisions she made so far. And she's a martyr so...she took matters on her own and acted alone. Still, not her fault. Her weakness, yes...but not really something to blame her for. And she had been living lies on top of lies on top of lies. It was very frustrating to read but I just couldn't bring myself to not like her, honestly. Instead...I felt for her. I just did. (Side note: I think it was darn funny that she made a fool out of everyone else, even if it included me as a reader.)
I wasn't sure what to feel for the two guys, though. I wasn't sure if they could be the anchor to stabilize the heroine.
But anyway, I'm really, really curious as to how the story would pan out after that ending.
The author was able to create a sci-fi universe while maintaining a fantasy realm and theme. The main character is complex and knows that she is conflicted; she knows shouldn’t trust anything and yet still succumbs. Just when you think things start making sense, the whole story is turned upside down to where the reader is confused and conflicted like the main character.
I look forward to reading the next installment of this series. If there is a reverse harem theme the develops over the course of the series, it might be bearable. However, I do feel that the author does a disservice to their writing by claiming “reverse harem”. This is an innovative blend of fantasy and science fiction that can stand without any additional marketing tactics.
Unravelling the mystery of Kesh is going to be a delight - but strap yourself in because this is a wild ride! This first book is awesome - and you will crave more!
It's a dark and twisted world. There are lies, secrets and illusions. And a bunch of plot twists that I hadn't expected. It's unique and the story multiple times went in a direction I hadn't expected. It's refreshing. It's sci-fi and a bit of fantasy. It's the Fae as you see them in paranormal books, but then in space. And by the end I wasn't even fully sure what was true and what not. And even with all the lies, the one at the end might be the one that hurts most as I am not sure how they are going to get over that one.
Kesh is a messenger. One day when delivering a message the recipient gets shot right in front of her face and that's when things start going wrong. She's the prime suspect and her proof that she is innocent gets stolen. She finds out that a Fae is here, on this planet, where he shouldn't be. Many people believe them legends and fae don't deal well around tek, so it's a mystery what is this fae doing. And she uncovers a conspiracy bigger than she even imaged. And that's only the start.
It's so hard to describe this book as so much happens in this book. It's quite a long book and there are multiple parts and every part is different, but also part of the same story. And the way the author flips everything you know and changes things up, was so well done. I liked the writing style of the author and really enjoyed the book, although there are some parts that were quite twisted and dark as well and could be a bit uncomfortable to read.
Kesh is a great main character, she build a life for herself, but it becomes clear quickly that she has a dark past she's trying to avoid or escape. And piece by piece you learn more about that and even at the end of the book I am sure there is so much we don't know yet. She's very tough, she survived a lot of difficult stuff and at times she could be a tad too cold and tough. But the great part is that there are also holes in that tough facade. She cares. First about her drone Sota and later about other characters the meets too. And that makes her relatable and realistic. And I like to see that even with how well she could handle everything thrown her way, she also was vulnerable. I also really liked her drone Sota, it's too bad due to events that happen there aren't as many scenes with him.
This series is marketed as a Reverse Harem and while there are hints that it will go in that direction, this first book has very little romance at all. It's definitely a slow burn. With both the characters that I suspect will be part of her harem things progress slowly. There is only a hint of romance in this book and only one kiss in the whole book. I think the romance and the pace things progressed very much fitted the story tough. And I am curious to see where things will go in the next book. I liked both potential love interest and I have the feeling there is much more we will discover about both of them in the next books.
I like how the author wrote the Fae. There were intriguing. They were despicable on the one hand and on the other hand they also seemed realistic. Like their actions made sense, because that was how they viewed the world. Human were their playthings as no one was on their level. And all the illusions and secrets. Just like in some other Fae stories, they can't lie, but they are the masters of the manipulation and illusion. It was creepy at times how they behaved and acted, but it also felt very much in tune with who there are.
To summarize: Shoot the Messenger was a great read. I wasn't sure what to expect from this space fantasy read, but it was exactly the type of read I was in the mood for. The world is dark and twisty. It's a sci-fi book, but with Fae. And there are a bunch of plot twists that were quite unexpected and I liked how they changed things and put things in a whole new perspective. The story was compelling and so much happens in just one book. I liked Kesh, how she was tough and capable, but also had her vulnerable side with how she cared. There is a hint of romance, but it's a very slow burn, but I am curious to see where things go in the next book. The fae were well written and I liked how the author brought them alive. How cold they could be and view human as only their playthings, how they could create illusions even tough they could not lie. They were creepy, but interesting as well. All in all this was a great start of this series and I am looking forward to the next book and plan to pick up more books by this author.
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Major plot twist!
I don't even know what is true and what is fabricated anymore.
Slow burn RH.Read more