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Prince of Dreams (Messenger Chronicles Book 4) Kindle Edition
Kesh fled Faerie as a queen killer. Now she returns as the Faerie King’s secret obsession. But on Faerie, nothing is as it seems, not even Kesh herself.
With days to stop Arran’s execution and the stoic guardian, Sirius, as her constant shadow, Kesh must weave her lies deep within Faerie’s courts where magic and whispers combine and conspire. Soon, Kesh learns there is more at stake than Arran’s life. Faerie is dying. Oberon’s reign is crumbling. The time to strike against the fae is now. But with Talen, Kellee and Sota a thousand light-years away, Kesh cannot succeed alone…
Beneath the courtly politics, the glittering facades, and the King’s fragile hold on his people, the Dreamweaver is locked in eternal slumber, dreaming of the day his Queen of Hearts will set him free… because he knows, Kesh Lasota has no other choice.
Kesh survived the Dreamweaver once before. Now all she has to do is control him.
But Faerie's Dreamweaver has other ideas for the peoples’ Messenger. He knows who, and what Kesh really is and he has every intention of using her to make all his dreams come true.
He takes your mind, makes it his, takes your soul, makes you cruel.
Dare you answer the Dreamweaver’s call?
The "mind-blowing" fae-in-space bestselling series continues in Prince of Dreams, Messenger Chronicles #4
Authors note: This series is a true reverse harem. The harem develops during the series.
Reader note: The Messenger Series is professionally edited and proofread for your reading enjoyment.
Series Reading Order:
Shoot the Messenger, #1
Game of Lies, #2
The Nightshade's Touch, #3
Prince of Dreams, #4
Her Dark Legion, #5 - coming in 2019.
"Five stars is not enough."
"This book is nonstop action, can't stop reading, just leaves you craving more perfection!"
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 : B07HFBQCT4
- Publisher : Crazy Ace Publishing (December 14, 2018)
- Publication date : December 14, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2034 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 392 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #253,507 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #774 in Folklore (Kindle Store)
- #1,161 in Mythology (Kindle Store)
- #1,832 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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I want to say I haven't expected this...I mean, yes I haven't expected any of this EXACTLY as they are BUT I have dreamed about a couple of theories, a couple of possibilities. And I have expected a lot from the author. So let it be known here first and foremost that the story and the author DISHED. OUT. AND. MORE. To steal Oberon's words, “It is a dangerous thing to wish for the dark. It answers.” (In this context, the dark is the author herself LMAO. And my wish is to be annihilated and/or be completely fudged by the whole thing. JFC.) The Messenger Chronicles as a whole is everything I feel like I haven't really deserved but most definitely needed. I'm just nothing but smithereens of emotional messes and major, major book hangover. I'm done, I just am.
Lol, kidding. Obviously, I'm not done. Yet. I still have a whole lot to talk about. And speaking of things to talk about - the PLOT, jesus, mary and joseph, the freaking PLOT you guys. I think it's safe to say that I expect the twists, the mind-fudging word games. There is just something so exceptional with the way the author unravels the great picture that is the plot. The way she uncovers each layer while leading up to the (upcoming) end. It's crazy-genius level. As in mind-blown. The bigger picture is becoming less and less blurry as the plot unravels but holy wow, one can't just simply expect everything to happen like this-and isn't that the most fun part of reading? To escape, to delve and to discover.
Then there are the characters....no one's spared, not one out there is just to stand still and be pretty. Well, maybe Talen...but nah, that's just him being all mysterious and incognito and on the down low. But seriously, what I've been meaning to say beneath all the mumbo-jumbo is, every single one of them is so UNREAL that they're all basically REAL. You get whatever I'm saying? Nobody's a filler, no one's just an accessory. Everyone has a role to take and carry out. They're all raw and complex and just. So. Fudging. GD. Real! (Who's hysterical? NOT ME, OKAY)
Now onto the more fun part, since I can barely contain what I actually am thinking about this read, here's the spoiler-filled part of my review. (SPOILERS, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE. Consider yourselves THOROUGHLY WARNED.)
I will not get into the plot, the story itself because I have just realized I might as well highlight the whole thing. And let's be real here, I can't be any much more coherent if I'm to get into the insanity that is this series. The plot twists, the mindfudgery thing going all over and all throughout, all the foreshadowing that has happened but I have missed and just remembered again...see? I'm saving us all from the madness. So let's just not.
What I want though is to psychoanalyze my most beloved and most favored characters. Starting with the heroine of the year, Kesh. Just, WOW. Started from the bottom, a simple messenger from Calicto; and now we're here, GD wraithmaker, queenkiller, kingkiller turned THE Messenger. I really think she's one of the most developed heroine out there, if not, the most well-developed character. Period. She's strong, crazy smart, and so fracking beautiful it always hurts to think of my literary life without her. She's got one of the bloodiest and most tragic history and metaphoric baggages. Then when she decided to bat for the right side, she built herself even more passionate ideals. But for all her strength and fire and ice, there's a fragile not-saru/not-fae/not-human underneath. As in one crack against those things and people and ideals, which and whom she all holds dear to her heart, and this amazing female will either go batshirt crazy or crumble helplessly.
Imagine identity crisis with the additional weight of doing what her conscience is telling her to do. And her conscience has taken a brutal beating. So let's just say guilt upon guilt upon more guilt. All those times she, almost, wants to just throw it away and be done herself, I cried. All those times she's being haunted by the mistakes and sins and wrong decisions she made, I felt it all. Her emotions are so tangible I just want to give her a freaking hug. And a break. And a breather. And for all the negativity directed at her (the fear, the hate, the suspicions and distrust from basically, everyone), I see her. I see Kesh. Yes, I've seen the wraithmaker, the nothing girl, the Mylana...but those pieces of her aren't her everything.
There is also Kellee, whose POVs has been provided in almost every other chapter. At first, I'm like 'I must've been real good in my previous lives to earn this' then I'm like, 'oooh, can I get ones from Talen or Sirius or Eledan or Sota?' (Give the girl a piece and she gets greedy.) And honestly I'm kind of still reeling from his POVs because I. Have. No. Freaking. Idea. Whatsoever. Just how taken he is with Kesh. And boy is he taken with the messenger real bad. The image of this frustrating marshall (whom I might have wanted to kiss in the face with five fingers ala Kesh style) is such a jarring one because deep inside he's a big softie. I feel like I've had a whiplash from the Kellee in Kesh's perspective to the actual Kellee without the messenger. Ughhh (I feel like joining his fan club is equal to being caught with one hand inside the metaphoric cookie jar.)
Then there's Talen, still as quiet and as mysterious as before. Only, since Kesh is not around her man-toys, Talen and Kellee are forced to act more civilized with one another. All the meanwhile, they protect each other against common enemies (in fear of Kesh's wrath in case the other one's lost or left behind.) I most definitely love this side of Talen. Is it too much to want his POVs too? (commence staged ugly sobbing here)
Sirius...yep, that guardian. The one who is just as frustrating and as judgemental and just so freaking hard on Kesh as Kellee has been before. Maybe even worse. And of course, in the end, I do understand why he's wired like that, why he's acting like that to Kesh specifically. But even during my second reading, I still want to punch him for all the hurtful things he has said to Kesh. He's like Kellee and Talen wrapped in one, which is such a frustrating thing because, hello? Stubborn + mysterious = the death of me. But yeah, he has pulled through. Esp that very adorable and very special moment with Kesh during their stay at the knoll? I freaking melted and sizzled like butter on a hot pan. Ugh, stupid and stubborn males.
Eledan. This one, I may have not survived. It's more probable for me to walk in the moon than for me to have any insight to Eledan's mind. With that said, he's the most interesting one and def deserved this whole book.
And Arran. I'm butthurt too with what he's done but jesusfchrist he has the most tragic storyline here next to Kesh. It's times and circumstances like this one when all the love in the world can't be enough. There are too many external factors surrounding him and Kesh, outside the safe haven they built for themselves in the past, to ever survive each other. Yes, there are people who needed and deserved help. But not every one of them will be wanting it. And with the idea of him finally being at peace, I have to let him go. The idea that he won't hurt anymore, or that in his final moments, he saved his loved one (Kesh)...I really have to let him go. Even if it freaking hurts like a mf.
Last but DEFINITELY NOT the least, SOTA. I want to take the humor and laughter where I can and the 'where' is with Sota. OMFG, I dare every reader out there to not fall for this tek-extraordinaire. I know no one's surviving that challenge. I happily admit defeat for that one. His bantering with Kellee and Talen. His shyness to Kesh when he's had his upgrades. He's practically the source of joy and dark humor from this read. A total win istg...so, so curious if he's joining team messenger in a romantic sense lololol whynotdoughnut
So yeah. /stares off into nothing because WHAT THE HECK TO DO AFTER. I'M FOREVER RUINED.
PS So I have read the latest newsletter from the author and Her Dark Legion, the last book in the series, will be released some time in April 2019. And that she's working on another series, a dark one apparently, featuring LGBT characters.
First of all, WHAT THE HECKENING HECK? THE. LAST. BOOK????? Oh no, nope. Not going to touch that bit of info. ffs I'm prepared to read about Kesh's grandkids from the 129th book. Nope, no no no, la la la.
Second thing, DARK SERIES? So what the heck have I been reading all this time? FLUFF??? (The messenger chronicles: Am I a joke to you???)
PPS There will be a time when I won't fall for these sadists hiding in the form of genius author and heart-breaking characters and strong, very on-point plots...alas, this will not be the day huhuhuhu
I normally love the books in this series and I've given a 5 stars to all of them but for this one there were some things that I just could not get over.
*** Spoilers ***
True to the series' description, this is a reverse harem series of books. I am normally not a fan of this at all but Pippa makes it work so damn well. Until Sirius. I feel like if Kesh wanted to have any of the men around her, she could, and quite easily. Pushing Sirius into the love equation was a little too unbelievable for my liking. It seems like Kesh is unable to maintain a just friends attitude with any of the men. It feels like Kellee and Talen would take up her whole heart as they are enormously powerful in their own. 2 dominating men like that are more than enough I feel.
Now that Sota is hosted within a "mandroid" (and I had a good giggle at that}, I hope that he is ALSO NOT a contender for Kesh's heart. At this point it would be just plain silly and almost tacky.
I have a sinking feeling that Talen is only drawn to Kesh because of the Polestar piece within her. And that is going to hurt her AND us readers! Speaking of the Polestar, if I were Kesh or anyone else who knows about the piece within her, why aren't they addressing the elephant in the room? What happens to Kesh when the piece needs to be removed? Does she die? Does she lose her bit if fae power? I most certainly would want to know if my life was on the line!
As I progressed through the novel I found it became more and more convoluted. I ended up skimming some parts (and I ABSOLUTELY HATE DOING THAT TO NOVELS I LOVE!) because there was too much confusion about what and who Eladen really is and what he has exactly done.
Midway through the novel you realize that Kesh realizes she is 100% okay with being a sacrifice in order to save all the saru. Admirable, but she can do and has done so much more. Maybe she's having an existential crisis.
I don't know. This was still an enjoyable read as Pippa weaves her tales with vivid imagery that make you feel like you are there with Kellee and the crew. I am also wary of the upcoming and final conclusion to the series. I feel like some sacrifices are going to have to be made. Hearts will be torn. Tears will flow. And blood will be shed.
In this book Kesh is back in Faerie trying to manage Oberon and save Arran. We spend a lot more time with Sirius, the Autumn Fae, who joined the crew in the last book. This time around the story jumps between Kesh’s POV and Kellee’s POV and this worked very well for this story. It was fun to see inside of Kellee’s head.
There are some very interesting developments around Sota and Sirius in this book. We also get to learn more about the Wild Hunt and the battle fae marks that Kesh has been forced to endure. Many pieces are starting to come together regarding the mystery of the Unseelie and the polestar. I continue to love the blend of faerie mythology with a sci-fi setting.
This series has had an increasing amount of detailed sex scenes as it progresses. The sex scenes are well done and creative but also increasingly descriptive; so just an FYI for those who either love or hate that. I appreciate that the sex scenes never take over the story but are instead part of the story.
Overall I am continuing to really enjoy this unique blend of fae mythology in a sci-fi setting. The characters are engaging and the story is entertaining. This is a sci-fi series with a very urban fantasy feel to it, there is a lot of action and magic in here as well. I would recommend to sci-fi lovers who enjoy a faster paced urban fantasy feel to their stories.
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Can Kesh trust the bargain she makes with the Prince of Dreams? Or is it all illusion?
Seeing Kesh back on Faerie, struggling to cope with both the perilous situation, and the overpowering effect of the planet’s magic, is mind-blowing. How DaCosta guides her characters through the twists and turns of this convoluted, thrilling ride, is nothing short of masterful - or perhaps that should be ‘mistressful’, considering the reverse harem involved.
I loved seeing and learning yet more about Kellee and Talen as they mount a raid on Earth – a planet where Kellee has history, and the inhabitants haven’t forgotten. Human duplicity, and their misguided belief in the over-riding power of technology rings sadly too true, but the Messenger lads are more than a match, even without Kesh.
And then we have Sota, finally with a body. And fingers… for the sake of spoilers, let’s not go there yet.
The sex began to heat up in the last book, and continues to do so in this one, but always as part of the plot, not an adjunct. It’s always more about the relationships, and the depths of feeling evoked by their complexities raises this series to heights few books accomplish, in my widely read experience.
Can you tell I really love this series? The final book is just released, and I feel ambivalent – I can’t wait to read it, and yet I don’t want to, because I really, really don’t want to reach the end of this journey.
Damn! I guess I’ll just have to suck it up, and read it anyway. If you are even slightly curious about this extraordinary genre mash-up of science fiction, classic faerie tale, and urban fantasy, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you do the same.
Kesh, Kellee, Talen, Sota, Hulia, Arron, Sirius and Eledan return in this penultimate adventure of the Messemger Chronicles. Kesh, Arron and Sirius are on Faerie, playing a game of truth, dare or lie with both Oberon, King of all Faerie, and Eledan, the Prince of Dreams. Heartbreaking promises are made, truths are twisted and hearts are made and broken.
Kesh continues her battle to free all those oppressed by Oberon and the Fae, but without Talen, Kellee and Sota, will she have the strength to resist the temptation Faerie will weave? This is fast paced, action packed, full of intrigue, lies, plots, plans, highs and some shocking lows. Oh Ms Dacosta you are a cruel author who loves to toy with your readers emotions. Not only did she do that but she eviscerated them too.
The world building is phenomenal, the planning and plotting of both the characters AND the author will leave you spellbound. I wish I could say this was a one sit reading, but with its length of well over 6 hours, and the demands of life, I couldn't manage it in one go. That said, it most certainly held me hostage, living in my mind in between those times where I could immerse myself in this magnificent creation.
I loved getting more of Kellee's point of view, as well as seeing that the old adage of absence and the heart was true. Though there is yet more skulduggery by Ms D when she cruelly snatches away that which he has so recently only grasped ahold of.
Added into the mix we have some very lustful and steamy scenes that totally added to the emotional impact of this tale. By the end of this I was left feeling as though the Wild Hunt had ridden roughshod over me. I'm almost scared to read the culmination of this tale, not to mention sad that the story will be coming to a hopefully (though you never know with an author who obviously has a very devious and mean streak) happy and blissful conclusion.
But as Kesh has, to her great sorrow, learnt, nothing comes that easily.
I received this book as an Arc for an honest review. Buy it, Read it, you’ll love it, I did, and have preordered a copy.
Absolutely Brilliant, Kesh has been separated from her two favourite men, taken back against her will to Farie, by Aeon, and boy has he gotten himself into big trouble, least of all by Kesh, but Kesh can put that aside to try and save him. I love how we get to hear Kellies point of view in this book, he is a million light years away, but we still get to hear from him. Difficult to write this review without spoilers, so I’ll try and just let little tit bits in. The Prince of Dreams is back in Kesh’s life, and weaving his own magic on Kesh, or is it the other way around? Sirius is ordered to guard over Kesh, he can’t stand the idea, can he? This book is full of a lot of emotion, love,hate, disgust, laughter, cringing, sadness, And hope, just to name a few. I hated Sirius in the Nightshades touch, but in this one he is so much more than you first think, you’ll get to love him, just like all her men, and Elendad we get to see a couple of different sides to him, like a nice surprise he does for Kellie.
Enlisting the Dreamweaver for help is a OMG why did you do. But who’s playing who.
Pippa has a way of writing that really gets you into her characters. Brilliant Absolutely Brilliant
As Kesh and her crew fight Eledan and Oberon and the darkness overwhelming Faeries and her creations the story had me wondering when Kesh would get some happiness however the story kept surprising me and had me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the action, the evolving storyline and the harem with it's complicated males. I can't wait to read the next story.