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Game of Lies: A Paranormal Space Fantasy (Messenger Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
Trust doesn't come easy for Kesh Lasota. She survived life as a slave, survived the Dreamweaver's touch, but surviving Marshal Kellee and the mysterious Talen is a whole other game, one she's not sure she's ready for.
When the three are captured by a bloodthirsty fae general sweeping through the last of Halow's human colonies, the only weapons they have left are lies. And so Kesh must pretend to be the gladiator they all expect, while Kellee is forced to fight against her, and Talen is... Well, just who is Talen when he can command soldiers with a glance and move among the fae elite as though he belongs?
Trust doesn't come easy for Kesh Lasota, neither does love. She must survive both, or everything she's fought for will be lost forever, including her men.
The enchanting & mind-blowing Messenger series continues with more action, more romance, and more exciting twists!
PLEASE NOTE: The Messenger Chronicles is a slow burn reverse harem. The reverse harem elements develop during the series.
Genre: Paranormal science fantasy.
Messenger Chronicles reading order:
Shoot the Messenger, #1
Game of Lies, #2
The Nightshade's Touch, #3
Prince of Dreams, #4 (Coming December, 2018)
Her Dark Legion, #5 (Coming 2019)
About the Author
Pippa DaCosta is the USA Today bestselling author of the Veil series, the Soul Eater series, the London Fae series, Girl From Above and more.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07BS2375X
- Publisher : Crazy Ace Publishing (May 18, 2018)
- Publication date : May 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2206 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 326 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #358,717 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #977 in Folklore (Kindle Store)
- #1,530 in Mythology (Kindle Store)
- #2,232 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Kesh...I admit Kesh is proving it hard for everyone to connect to her, to empathize with her. I do have a difficult time but ultimately my heart breaks for her. Her whole life is just so full of lies, she's so full of lies that I think she herself is having a hard time differentiating the lies from the truth. What I will never, ever, do is judge her for it, though. I personally see she's now more determined to get out of her previous life; she truly means it when she says that she's with them. But of course, her past actions are catching up to her so she has to deal with the consequences-the men in her life not being able to do anything but to not trust her. Yet. Hopefully, it won't take them forever.
What I hope and ask for is the men's patience, more patience, if they are really in it for Kesh, too. She's been alone and she's been surviving through it all that her solitary walls are blinding her to the help and support these men are trying to show her. She just doesn't know anything else. She's not good at being a member of a team, of a group. Again, I hope the men can show her the ropes.
Overall, I love this read. I have thought book 1 is a mindfudge. Well, color me wrong. This is a literary embodiment of lies on top of lies on top of lies. Of twists and of games.
S/o to my fellow readers who willingly throw their emotional state on the shipwreck/trainwreck that is this read. And s/o to the author who is so freaking creative and evil-two words that shouldn't ever be in one sentence or else you're fudged. I mean, I am fudged. Thoroughly. Sheeesh. Gdi
One of the best things about all of Pippa DaCosta's books is the way she writes them. She has such a knack for describing things and setting the scene. She has this uncanny ability to draw you in to the story, to make you a part of it. You feel as though you are there with these characters, that you know them and what happens to them matters to your life.
I don't like to write my review with any spoilers which makes reviewing any specifics about this book quite difficult but I can say this.....Kesh is the main character but most likely not the best liked character. Her lies, her abuse by the Far, her continued nightmares from the Dreamweaver have all made her volatile, rash and quite honestly....INSANE! You can't trust her, you aren't sure if you can put faith in her, and I honestly hated some of the decisions she made but I (and probably you will as well) found myself still hoping she could make things right even though I couldn't see how that was possible. A true anti-hero at this point.
I highly recommend this book to everyone!
I actually connected with Kesh right off, but as the series has gone along that connection has grown dimmer and dimmer. I don't understand her reasoning for some of the stuff she does in Book 2. Her logic is really twisted, which I get is from how she was raised (a slave raised to fight others to the death) and her cray-cray experience from a certain Evil Fae from book 1, but still...Yeah, I wasn't feeling the love for her in Book 2.
We do finally get some answers, especially about Talen--about who and what he is, which is pivotal to the plot of Book 2. So far Talen is my fav character in the series. I used to like Kellee, too, but after his actions in this book that sort of fell by the wayside. I get the reasoning for why he did a certain scene toward the end, but it still grossed me out and made me think he was Grade A jerk. In fact, that seems to be a running theme so far with this series...the further I get the less I like anyone. But I still keep reading...because the world-building, details, and yes even the twisted depths of the characters is intriguing and at times downright mind-boggling. Each book twists and turns in a way I never saw coming and that keeps me hooked. Although I do hope we see some redeeming qualities emerge in the main characters soon so I can start connecting with them better.
Top reviews from other countries
Captured by a bloodthirsty fae general, she has no defence except for her supreme ability to lie. But what of her men? Are they lying too? Where does she stand with them, and can they all save each other, or will one of them need to be sacrificed?
This extraordinary blend of SF and fantasy - faerie in space - works so well I’m flabbergasted, and DaCosta’s writing is the icing on the cake - you’ll never find a boring turn of phrase, or a mundane description, I promise. If you embark on this series you’ll be utterly caught up in the twists and turns of a supremely devious mind. Both Kesh and the author qualify for that tag.
I was also very happy to see the resurrection of Sota, the battle drone. I missed his snarky comments after Kellee disembowelled him, but Sota blasts his way back into the frame with style in Game of Lies.
I’ve already bought the next one, just needing to find available time to get sucked in again.
They were quick to distrust Kesh, repeatedly telling her so, due to the events of book 1, despite the fact her actions saved multiple lives. And yet when she expresses distrust in them, because of the way they treat her, the get all upset and pretty much gaslight her. Heck, a character is introduced towards the end, who has every right to distrust and hate Kesh, and yet actively tries to help her, despite the danger to himself.
Usually I find it a sign of good writing if an author can elicit a response due to the actions of the characters, but in this case I’m not so sure. It was almost as if the Dacosta wanted to create tension between the trio of leads, and felt the easiest way was to have none of them trust each other, even if it makes them seem hypocritical, and somewhat cruel.
I know it seems as if I’m being super critical, and perhaps I am, but don’t let this stop you from reading what is an excellent book by a superb author. Just don’t be surprised if you are a little frustrated by the end ☺️