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Shoot the Messenger

(The Messenger Chronicles #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  286 reviews
"Lies aren't her only weapons against the fae..."

In the Halow system, one of Earth’s three sister star systems, tek and magic—humans and the fae—are at war.

Kesh Lasota is a ghost in the machine. Invisible to tek, she’s hired by the criminal underworld to carry illegal messages through the Halow system. But when one of those messages kills its recipient, Kesh finds herself
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published February 22nd 2018 by Crazy Ace Publishing
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
I must confess, I went into this book a little apprehensive as I wasn't sure what to expect. But I wound up loving it so much, I bought the next two books in the series before I had even finished this one! This really convinced me why it's good to be open-minded and be willing to try books that are out of your comfort zone.

I'll write a full review when I have time. For now, I'll say that Pippa DaCosta did a brilliant job weaving together elements of fantasy and science fiction to create a unique
Helen 2.0
SO it turns out I never actually reviewed this beauty? *Side-eyes past self* Oops!

Anyways. Shoot the Messenger is amazing, a solid 4.5 stars. It's everything I could ever wish for in speculative fiction.

(^^^ me @ all my friends)

First off, fae! In motherf*cking space! F*ck yeah!
Shoot the Messenger is magical fantasy, dystopia, and space odyssey all wrapped up in one book. The story begins on a small mining planet populated mostly by human outlaws and criminals. Many centuries after a gruesome wa
Sh3lly (
Buddy read with Reverse Harem Revolution.

Author Q&A and author giveaway at Dust Off Your MacHalo blog.

Pictures taken from the author's Pinterest page.

Here is Talen, the fae.

Here is Kellee, the marshal.

Kesh is on the cover, duh, but here is more inspiration for her look:

This book was amazing and may be my new favorite Pippa book. Kesh is a messenger who grew up a slave of the fae. The fae in this world come from another star system and are aliens. Kesh is set up to take the blame for an assas
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
YES, this is a Pippa DaCosta book. YES, it took me nearly two months to write a crappy non-review for it. YES, I ONLY rated it 3 ridiculously lame, pathetic little stars. YES, I hate my repulsive little self a teensy little bit because of it. And finally YES, I obviously read the book BLOODY SHRIMPING WRONG.

Shoot the Messenger has ALL the trademarks of a Most Wondrous Pippa DaCosta Piece of Awesomeness (MWPDCPoA™): gloriously original world building (fae in bloody shrimping space, anyone?) + scr
Pippa DaCosta
Re-reading in preparation for Prince of Dreams.

Shoot the Messenger is now available in ebook to buy from Amazon or borrow in KindleUnlimited. Paperback also available.

The official launch is still going ahead on March 2nd with the help of the MacHalos blog including a Q&A. SEE YOU THERE!


“What’s your name?” I asked again. “Your fake human one doesn’t suit you.”
He closed the distance between us in a few strides, picked up the glass, raised it to his lips and drank
Maria Dimitrova
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1st re-read (November 2018):

With less than a month until the release of the fourth book in the series I thought it was high time to go back to the beginning. And I was lucky enough that the audio version just got released as it let me experience the book on workdays. If I had to stick to normal reading it would have taken me at least a week of stolen moments in the mornings and evenings. The audio quality is incredible. I loved Annie Ellicott and Jeff Hays narration and the sound effects were si
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
You know when you are all good and then the ending just really sucks? It ruins the book. Here, let me tell you what happened:
(view spoiler)


This book has some cool stuff happening. It's total Sci-Fi with a big old helping of Fantasy mixed in. Fae Fantasy. So, let's call it Sci-Fae. That works. It's better than Space Fairies, my first idea. But, don't let the pretty name fool you. Fairies are assholes. They
Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shoot the Messenger (The Messenger Chronicles #1) by Pippa DaCosta is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I love this author's fantasy books anyway and this is a start t a fun new series. The world building is great with fae and other creatures living with humans. The plot has twists and turns and plenty of surprises! I like her writing style, makes the characters come alive.
Marguerite (M)
Rating : 5 stars
(and one more star for the cover)

Holy shit.
My heart has been ripped out and my brain short-circuited.


Complex. Heartbreaking. Astonishing.
Fucking mind blowing.

Shoot the Messenger is a lie, in a lie, in a lie, in a lie. Pippa DaCosta went all Inception and destroyed my last grey cell.

After reading Muse's fantastic story, I should have known what to expect. Mind games, conflicted characters and emotional violence. Incredible world building, weakness, betrayal
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Shoot the Messanger is the first book in a new series by Pippa DaCosta. There are a few things I’ve learned about books by Miss DaCosta.

– She is not afraid of having her main Characters do horrible things.

– She loves to wrap the emotions of her readers around her fingers and make them dance like puppets.

– Normal love lines aren’t necessary. She will bend and twist the road to romance anytime she pleases. Because who says there even need
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
✨ Read with the Reverse Harem Revolution (RHR™) Cult #eatallthecake ✨

Note: To be honest I started 5 days before the rest of the cult officially started. I saw my friend Maria reading it and my brain clicked so I got it on the very spot and started inhaling. And then I joined (yet another) cult so I thought I would cheat a little by adding this as my first read within my new cult. None of this matters to any of you but it does to me #notreally

Now to get on with my thingy which is going to be a GI
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
Why is it that as soon as I am motivated enough to write a review that something comes up and I have to keep procrastinating? I have finally carved out some time to write this review because honestly this book is far too good to just leave with an itty bitty paltry review.

I embarked on this buddy read with my dear friend David the Awesome as our first buddy read together. He is not a devotee of the reverse harem genre as I am and I think he went into it pretty skeptical. However, it is described
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Pippa Da Costa never hangs around- her books are fast paced, non stop action. Strong characters and lies within lies. A very entertaining read.
1st read - February 2018
2nd read - May 2018

I'm a huge fan of Pippa DaCosta, she's yet to write a book I didn't love and the way she's always coming up with new ideas and trying new genres keeps her books fresh and exciting. As soon as she mentioned a new series with the tag line "fae in space" I was sold but then she threw in reverse harem and that just sealed the deal. I honestly think that Shoot the Messenger is her best book yet and that's really saying something considering she's written so
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
3.5 stars

The fae have long since faded from human experience, gone for over 1000 years, but even though the brutal wars are over, the tek protection systems for the Halow colonies remain, fully controlled by a tek megacorp. (If this set up doesn't scream: IT'S NOT GOING TO LAST LONG, I don't know what does) Fae magic and tek are supposed to be an anathema to each other, but there are anomalies: Kesh is a ghost in the machine, able to whisper her way through tek, and her abilities have more than
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
First Sentence:
"You have eighteen seconds to live.”

Sci-Fi/Dystopian (RH)


Cover Art:
Not only is the cover art gorgeous it's also accurate.

Excisting set up for a potential future romance between Kesh, Talen & Kellee. Expect some light flirting & maybe a kiss. The "romance" in this series doesn't seem to be the main plot.

Halow System (One of Earth's sister systems.)

My thoughts:
Tight plot, excellent character development, the author did a fantastic job
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ✶Rachelle✶ by: Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

Oooooooookay then

I can honestly, 100% say that I have never read anything like this before

Shoot the Messenger takes place in the future (kind of), with a fantasy aspect (kind of). It actually felt like if The Cruel Prince and Star Trek had a baby, it would be this book.

I never realized how many plot twists could happen in 285 pages. I started to feel whipped around by what all was happening, and I had to go back and reread some portions in order to understand what w
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shoot the Messenger is a complicated one to review because there are so many plot twists.

It definitely kept me on my toes. Non-stop action.

It's the most un-haremy reverse harem I've ever read (not that I've read many but most were very silly and contrived). Action and plot takes a major front seat in this book. Romance so far in this series is almost non-existent.

So it's basically a kick a** sci-fi space adventure with bits of fae and otherworldly creatures mixed in, hinting at more romance i
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Great Review Catch Up of 2018! (Review: 5/20)

This was a ton of stuff packed in one little book and I'm kind of apprehensive because something like this can only go two ways: spectacularly awesome or dramatically wrong.

First of all, look at that cover... It's GORGEOUS. It's everything fantasy/science fiction covers should be like. It's what I wish Ilona Andrews covers would be like. I want to give this book all the starts because of that cover.

Then there's the world building; in one word: ama
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
4.5 Stars

Brain meltingly good!

Wanting something unique, a series that blends futuristic dystopian sci-fi with Fae lore fit the bill perfectly.

The author has created a fantastical world at war. Tek vs. magic. Human vs. Fae. In its midst is Kesh Lasota, a street-savvy, whip carrying badass and illegal messenger of the Halow systems that hides in plain sight.

Told in the first person single point of view of Kesh, the plot goes off with a bang as she is wanted for the murder of one of her message
With Shoot the Messenger, Pippa DaCosta brings readers a brand-new series set in space with an interesting blend of sci-fi and fantasy elements, and the potential for a reverse harem (I know! Mind is blown.).

The action is immediate with the main character, messenger Kesh Lasota, embroiled in a delivery gone wrong. The recipient of the message is shot and killed right in front of her and of course he’s a bad-news-bear who happens to be the leader of a dangerous gang. Not only does Kesh need to c
Ninosy  (Wonder Woman)
3 stars
In the beginning of the book in my mind I rated it 5 stars but by the middle and until the end it dragged became boring and I kinda lost the plot or the action or whatever it is turned out sour ....
Fantastic setup with an intriguing character and excellent SF/Fantasy world-building that goes spectacularly off-the-rails in the second half.

Kesh Lesota is a messenger, a secret courier with special skills, use by criminal and secretive elements in the Halow system in human-controlled space. What most people don't know is that she also can use magic in combination with tek, something which should be impossible. When a job goes horribly wrong she encounters a warfae, an elite soldier of the alie
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Pippa DaCosta's Shoot the Messenger starts with a bang - literally! And it doesn't let up. DaCosta has managed to weave both mythology and science fiction into something magical. Tek and magic, fae in space. I wasn't sure about the mix, but Shoot the Messenger was riveting! In fact, I was up WAY past my bedtime because I HAD to finish it one sitting.

Anyone who's every read anything about the Fae knows nothing is EVER what it seems. But the layers and complexity that DaCosta has created in t
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Same Review Also posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

*ARC Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was Just wow! I freaking loved it! It has everything I ever wanted in a space fantasy book such as kickass action, adventure, magic, unique plot, interesting characters, handsome and dark Villain, fascinating world, and a slow burn romance. When I first saw this book on Netgalley, I was very intrigued with the fae in space tagline. It’s a weird mix that
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would have given this 5 stars but the ending left me feeling betrayed. It was meant to. I've never been fond of unreliable narrators. I don't like getting to know a character intimately through their thoughts and feelings to find out I have been lied to. It's totally different if they lie to other characters or themselves as long as it's understood that's what is going on. I prefer it when their thoughts are honest. IDK how to feel about Kesh. She was honest in her thoughts but not forthcoming ...more
Jan 29, 2019 marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me
DNF: 74%

Come on... FAE in SPACE! And a kick-ass heroine wielding a magic whip! And the plot twists that start way before the middle, epic fights and chase scenes, conflict between magic and technology! This book should've been my new ALL TIME FAVOURITE!! And I won't even talk about the perfection of the audiobook!

I don't know why it happened, but around the middle, I started losing interest fast. Suddenly the protagonist had this overly complicated backstory, and characters started acting strang

Okay, so, Shoot the Messenger started off pretty good. Then it took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Not the good kind either. No I went from bored to oh, this is exciting to back to being bored. I'm not going to lie, it did have some interesting concepts but I feel like I just motivating myself to finish it.

Kesh was an okay character but not my favorite. I also didn't see how this was a reverse harem kind of book either. Other than that, there's Kellee and Talen who I kind of felt bad fo
Well. *breath* THAT was a thrill ride I hadn't been expecting.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, another 5 star review for this book. Blah blah awesome blah well written, whatever. Yes it is all those things, but it's also a grab-you-by-the-ribcage-and-throw kind of book. Falling headfirst into the new world and wondering what's going to happen with every twist and bit of new information.

If you enjoy female lead characters, great world-building, a non-cliffhanger ending that still found me at the edge of my sea
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This was a really good book, so why the three stars? Well I did not believe the inception thing at the end, it just seemed very convenient.

I will be reading the next book because I'm curious and I really want to read about some smexxy times between Talen and Kesh too.

P.s A harem is not two people right? cos that will suck, we need four at least, so get to stepping, Pippa.
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Other books in the series

The Messenger Chronicles (5 books)
  • Game of Lies (Messenger Chronicles, #2)
  • The Nightshade's Touch (The Messenger Chronicles #3)
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  • Her Dark Legion (Messenger Chronicles, #5)