Shoot the Messenger (1) (Messenger Chronicles) Hardcover – September 4, 2018
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- Publisher : Pippa DaCosta Author (September 4, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 334 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0995711356
- ISBN-13 : 978-0995711358
- Item Weight : 1.42 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,645,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
There’s this big but. She really doesn’t do anything that makes me think she’s the champion of any fighting... except maybe being champion at coming onto the villain. She does that many times. And she has also had some heated thoughts about the other two males in the story. So three males and she responds to all three, specially the villain.
I love Kate Daniels and Mercedes Thompson. These are the type of female characters that I love reading about. Wraithmaker seems so passive in comparison. I’m at about 85% and she hasn’t really done much. Of course she was also in a sort of coma for 9 months around this time while major events are befalling her surroundings.
I’ve already opened other books so I don’t think I will finish this one.
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This is a futuristic sci-fi with a fantasty twist set in a time when the fae have been hidden from the humans for over 1000 years since the last big war. As the humans created more and more tek to keep up with fae magic our world became harder for the fae to survive in and since the last battle they've retreated to their home-world. No-one is under any illusion that the war is over but so far the fae have kept their distance and the humans have started to feel safe. Kesh has a unique ability to hide from tek and she uses that to remain off the grid, she earns her money delivering messages for the underworld but her life is turned upside down when the recipient of one of her deliveries is killed and she is framed for the murder. She is determined to prove her innocence but her evidence has been stolen by a warfae, someone who shouldn't even be in the same star system, and she has a Marshal hot on her tail and ready to bring her in.
I really don't want to go into any more detail than that because this is one of those books where you just need to sit back and enjoy the ride. This is a book with layer upon layer of secrets, lies, betrayals and so much more. Every time you think you have something figured out Pippa DaCosta will sucker punch you with yet another twist that you didn't see coming. The story is told from Kesh's point of view but none of the characters you'll meet, including our narrator, are completely good or evil. They're all hiding deep dark secrets and I think we've only scratched the surface of what is there to uncover. Kesh is a badass character, she's a fighter who knows how to look after herself but at the same time she has a vulnerable streak and she's also not always the most trustworthy person to have around. Life has taught her to expect betrayal and that it's better to be the one holding the knife rather than the one getting stabbed in the back so she doesn't always make choices I'd agree with but I found myself understanding her actions all the same.
As far as the other characters go I'm intrigued by both Kellee and Talon but we don't know either of them well enough to have uncovered their secrets yet. Both guys have done things that make me question their motives but they're also pretty sexy in their own ways so I'm definitely looking forward to spending more time with all three of the main characters! I loved Kesh's AI buddy Sota too, he's not around for the whole book but he brought a lot of humour to the story so I'm hoping we'll see more of him as the series continues.
Shoot the Messenger is the start of an exciting new series and it's one I can't wait to continue. If you like stories with multifaceted, three dimensional characters and even more complex plots, books that will screw with your mind and leave your head spinning, then this one is definitely for you. Bravo, Pippa, bravo!
Kesh is a human messenger. She’s human but is something more, she can blend tek and magic, making her invisible to surveillance, something invaluable for sending messenger in secret. Then on a job someone sets her up for murder and it looks like it might have been a warfae something not seen in human space for a 1000 years.
Because there are so many plot twists in this book I find myself in the position of not really being able to give a more full review because to do so would reveal too much.
This story gave me whiplash. Every time you think you have a handle on what is going on, something shifts. There are so many lies and plots within plots it’s hard to make sense of things at times. However, I couldn’t stop reading it. I had to know what happened next and the writing was really good. The world building was superb and I lost myself in the book. I’m very intrigued to see what happens next.
I thought at first this book would be about Kesh staying one step ahead of the authorities while trying to recover Sota, and uncovering why she’d been framed for murder. And how there’s a warfae existing where none should be. I was right. And also terribly wrong.
At every turn this thrilling novel strips back layer after layer of Kesh’s life, exposing deceit upon deceit, secret upon secret. We meet the deliciously hot Marshal Kellee, terrifyingly beautiful fae prince Eledan, and enigmatic prisoner Talen, another fae. The plot deftly spirals into unexpected realms without ever becoming too confusing courtesy of the accomplished writing skills of the author.
If you are a touch confused about the genre (space fantasy), yes, this is a story about fae in space, with magic and technology seamlessly blended into an amalgamation of SF and fantasy. It is also billed as reverse harem, but there’s little of that here, and is more of a minor aside to the plot.
Oh, the plot! Hardly a moment to breathe, and I was totally blindsided by the final shocking twist. I truly had NO idea that was coming. If you are up for a completely new experience genre-wise, I’d urge you to read this gripping story. The second one is loaded on my Kindle ready to go as soon as I get some reading time, and the third is on the way soon.
Pippa DaCosta has woven together sci-fi and fantasy to build the richly complex world in which Kesh, Kellee and Talon reside. As the story builds we gradually learn more and more about Kesh, Kelly, the fae and tek. I preferred this to an 'information dump' as it added to the twisty plot, suspense and sense of unease.
The book is written first person and entirely from Kesh's point of view. Kesh is just a simple messenger, caught up in someone else's battle, or is she? Oh my word, this is an onion of a book, made of layer upon layer of amazing story, action, adventure and mind-blowing plot twists. The blurb really doesn't do the book justice BUT that's to ensure the element of surprise. And there are surprises galore in this book.
It's one of those stories that is impossible to properly review without giving away spoilers, and I really want to avoid them so that you get the full impact of the book, like I did. If you have read other books by this author then you will know some of what to expect, but this far surpasses any of her work to date. It takes all the best elements of her previous stories, polishes them up, adds extra glitter to them and twists them into something else altogether. If you haven't read her books (a) why not? you're missing some amazing stories and (b) this is really well written, drags you into the story and doesn't let you go, leaves your head reeling in the best of ways and will have you begging and howling for Book 2 so that you can continue the story.
A standing ovation to the author for this awe-inspiring, mind-twisting, a-m-a-z-i-n-g read. I need to go and lie in a darkened corner to mull over this book and recover from the book hangover I now have.