The Nightshade's Touch
Be careful which star you wish upon... The unseelie--banished by Oberon long ago--are stirring awake, and there's one name on their dark lips: Nightshade. Kesh is beginning to settle into her role as Halow's messenger, saving people from the fae with the help of Kellee, Talen, Arran and Sota, but if she has any hope of making her wrongs right, she must trust those around her. Without them, there is no messenger. Friends, lovers, more. But one has a secret. A secret so dark it threatens to change everything Kesh believes in. A secret that could change the fate of Faerie, Halow, and all of humanity. When the fae abandoned the stars long-ago, they left behind more than fairytales. They left behind their monsters. The fae-in-space "mind-blowing" bestselling series continues in The Nightshade's Touch, Messenger Chronicles #3

The Nightshade's Touch Details

TitleThe Nightshade's Touch
Author
ReleaseAug 31st, 2018
PublisherPippa Dacosta Author
ISBN-139780995711341
Rating
GenrePolyamorous, Reverse Harem, Fantasy, Fairies, Fae, Science Fiction, Romance

The Nightshade's Touch Review

  • Helen 2.0
    January 1, 1970
    I swear Pippa looked into my mind and saw all the directions I wanted this series to go, all the hopes and dreams I had for the characters and world, and made them all come to fruition in the third installment of the Messenger Chronicles. Two points specifically made me happy in this book – the expansion and clarification of the Messenger Universe and the romantic developments between Kesh and her team. The first two books of the Messenger Chronicles have enormous potential. Fae – in space - thi I swear Pippa looked into my mind and saw all the directions I wanted this series to go, all the hopes and dreams I had for the characters and world, and made them all come to fruition in the third installment of the Messenger Chronicles. Two points specifically made me happy in this book – the expansion and clarification of the Messenger Universe and the romantic developments between Kesh and her team. The first two books of the Messenger Chronicles have enormous potential. Fae – in space - think of the possibilities! Pippa created a world with endless possibilities for fantasy, scifi, and romance elements to mix together. And so far she’s absolutely taken advantage of that potential and created a universe with a million moving, interlinked parts, all of which are revealed to Kesh and to the readers as the books progress. After finishing Game of Lies, I was left a little confused and disappointed with the lack of clarity in how the interlinked parts are explained. The world of Faerie and Halow, especially its politics and magic system, are complicated enough to warrant several big explanations from the author to make readers understand the larger context of the plot; these explanations were incomplete or missing up to the third book. Oberon & the fae court, magic and its sources, the different fantasy races inhabiting these star systems, all of these were nebulous concepts that I had trouble wrapping my mind around. The Nightshade’s Touch is no less fast-paced and twisty than the last two books, but it takes a breather between action sequences to explain big aspects of the world. Specifically the history of the fae (seelie & unseelie) and the races they created, as well as the personal history of many main characters. I was so happy to finally get some insight into Talen & Kellee’s past and identities. What a relief to finally feel like I understand what’s going on behind the plot.Both me and my reading buddies complained earlier in the series about the lack of development in romance surrounding Kesh. By the end of book 2, Kesh has three gorgeous men in her team, all showing at least some romantic interest. I was continually frustrated with the romance. I love a good slowburn, when feelings develop slowly and love interests are reluctant to accept those feelings. But Kesh and her men take slowburn to a new level, to the point where I genuinely thought they all hated each other at various points in the plot. Each character lies, betrays, and schemes against the others at seemingly every opportunity, which doesn’t exactly create an environment conducive to romantic relationships. I was beginning to wonder if Kesh and her harem would ever fall in love. If you had the same concerns, let me reassure you, this book makes huge leaps and bounds in terms of relationship development. Kesh finally starts to recover from her destructive loyalties to Oberon and the fae, which earns her respect and trust from her harem. They reward her with honesty and affection. This is the first book in the series that contains an equal mix of action and romance. Overall, I started Nightshade’s Touch with hope and apprehension for where Pippa would take this series; I ended the book relieved, satisfied, and totally excited for book 4. This book is the best in the series so far, by far.
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  • Pippa DaCosta
    January 1, 1970
    Do you think you know Talen, Kellee and Arran? Kesh does, but she's about to discover she wasn't the only one hoarding secrets. The unseelie are stirring. A forgotten war is remembered. And the Messenger has a choice:Would you free the darkness to save the light?
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  • Maria Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    Live today! Go grab it while it's hot!I finished The Nightshade's Touch a couple of days ago and I still feel like a wreck. It was brilliant and I loved almost every second of it. I wanted to say every second but the ending made me bawl like a baby. Or rather like a toddler that didn't get the toy she wanted. Because I didn't get the ending I wanted. Things were finally starting to make sense and Kesh was finally making some progress on the emotional front and then this happened! To be honest th Live today! Go grab it while it's hot!I finished The Nightshade's Touch a couple of days ago and I still feel like a wreck. It was brilliant and I loved almost every second of it. I wanted to say every second but the ending made me bawl like a baby. Or rather like a toddler that didn't get the toy she wanted. Because I didn't get the ending I wanted. Things were finally starting to make sense and Kesh was finally making some progress on the emotional front and then this happened! To be honest the only reason I'm semi-coherent at the moment and not a curled up ball of misery is the excerpt from the next book at the end. It gave me hope that maybe, just maybe, the progress she made will survive the latest curveball. What I really love about this series it how dysfunctional the characters are and that Pippa is taking the time to build their relationship up. It's a long and twisted road filled with pitfalls and thorns and sometimes it gets frustrating because I want them to all get together and be happy (please Pippa let this have a happy ending, please, I beg you!) and seeing the struggle to change, to grow, to trust is driving me nuts. But all of it makes it all the more real, all more meaningful to me. There's a lot to this story that can't be said without spoiling it for you. But I can assure you that Pippa is at the top of her game and you just have to give the series a chance and approach it with an open mind. eARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The Nightshade's Touch picks up Kesh's story not long after the ending of Game of Lies, Kesh is still trying to settle into her role as messenger and the hope of humanity that is resting on her shoulders. She's still torn between her loyalty to Oberon and her growing feelings for Kellee, Talen and Arran (formerly known as Aeon). Kesh knows what they want from her and she wants to live up to their expectations but she spent her entire life following orders from Oberon and she's still struggling w The Nightshade's Touch picks up Kesh's story not long after the ending of Game of Lies, Kesh is still trying to settle into her role as messenger and the hope of humanity that is resting on her shoulders. She's still torn between her loyalty to Oberon and her growing feelings for Kellee, Talen and Arran (formerly known as Aeon). Kesh knows what they want from her and she wants to live up to their expectations but she spent her entire life following orders from Oberon and she's still struggling with the way Eledan messed with her head. I'm not really going to tell you any more about the plot of this story so you're just going to have to read the book yourself if you want to find out.What I will say is that this book is just as good, if not even better, than the previous two. It has all the action that you'd expect but it also takes a bit more time to explain the world Kesh is living in, we learn more about Oberon and the seelie court as well as the unseelie creatures he has worked so hard to destroy. Most excitingly we finally start to dive into some of the many, many secrets that Kellee and Talen have been holding back all this time. We're finally starting to see some emotional pay off in terms of Kesh's developing harem too, this series has been really slow build on the romance side but with the amount of secrets and lies between all our main characters that is totally understandable and has made the slowly developing feelings so much more realistic. Now that Kesh is starting to be honest, not only with herself but also with her men, they are starting to build the trust that has been lacking between them previously and she is definitely rewarded for their efforts.This wouldn't be a Pippa DaCosta book without some shock revelations and a huge twist at the end but I loved absolutely every minute of it and this left me desperate to get my hands on Prince of Dreams! This series really is getting better and better and I'm very excited to see how things will turn out after that shocking ending.__________________I have an arc, I have an arc!! I'm so bloody excited to read this book!!!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    It may look like a mess but the messenger gang is just getting started; change really is comingI have read it first, weeks ago when the complimentary copies were given out and for all its angst and rollercoaster of emotions, I survived. Albeit, barely making through it. So this fool thought a reread will mellow it all out. Unfortunately for said fool, aka me, nope...the read was just as powerful and angsty and amazing as when I read it first. Maybe, even more. For all the awesomeness of the two It may look like a mess but the messenger gang is just getting started; change really is comingI have read it first, weeks ago when the complimentary copies were given out and for all its angst and rollercoaster of emotions, I survived. Albeit, barely making through it. So this fool thought a reread will mellow it all out. Unfortunately for said fool, aka me, nope...the read was just as powerful and angsty and amazing as when I read it first. Maybe, even more. For all the awesomeness of the two previous reads, establishing background stories and world-building, the real honest-to-God journey starts here. The come-to-Jesus moment wherein the Messenger squad begins to connect completely with each other.I usually do my rereads before or on release days so that I will be able to get a better understanding to the story and therefore deliver a better review. Still, no words, no review would ever suffice to give justice to this masterpiece. But I will def try my best.Again, I needed not to say this, but I just wanted to make this point across...this written piece is almost too much for my human mind to wrap around. And I mean that in the very best of way. It's like I have expected it to blow me away, but at the same time did not expect how much it will blow me away jfc.Aside from aforementioned impeccable and flawless world-building, the character development amongst most characters was just an inch short of perfection...lmao, who am I kidding? Character development was perfect. Kesh Lakota. Ugh, so many things I wanted to tell you all about her so please bear with me as I go through my points here. The very first thing is this whole misconception about her and her massive pile of lies. The thing is, after this read, beneath all those supposed lies, Kesh is nothing but a simple saru girl. At the end of the day, she's actually the one with the least amount of lies - or rather she had the least amount of truths being covered. And I mean technically, how can she lie when what she considered 'her' truths were mostly based on lies? And I believe that acknowledging her own vulnerabilities, that is admitting to still being tempted either by Eledan or Oberon, was the first step to the uphill battle that is change. Even Kellee and Talen respected her more after that.Speaking of change...it can be beautiful and amazing. But mostly in relation to the results of change. Because usually the first step to it can be the ugliest. The most difficult. For example, since a saru is made exactly to serve the Fae, to be loyal to them and to them only, to love them above all...it should be nearly impossible to change Saru as beings. Kesh is obviously battling every single day to overcome that innate part of her. Thus, always resisting temptations here and there. But I think that's the very evidence that she IS indeed fighting it. Temptation is only that - a temptation. Not a sure thing that the person being tempted is succumbing to it. And Kesh is doing her best to not succumb to it. That is what truly matters.Which brings me to this second point; I def still think she's the strongest character here, if not, one of all the strongest characters I've ever met. The way she handled herself throughout the read was nothing but amazing. She may have wavered at that point with Talen, but pulled through stunningly after. I think that was a moment of biting off more than she can chew...but who hasn't?Kellee...I think Kesh's assessment of him that anyone who has met him has wanted to punch him is definitely true. Lmao. Throughout the story, I wanted to punch him, sock him, shake him or curse him. But, I assure you all that all of those prickliness would make sense once you learn of his history. And his history? Let's just say I was a trainwreck both times I read of it. I realized he was just psychologically projecting to Kesh...I mean, I didn't like it, but when it comes to it, I do understand why. Kesh was willing to go under all those prickly layers and rewarded the guy a second shot at life.Talen...ugh, this fae def is a close fave right next to Kesh. And that's saying a lot since I def love that woman. Though he probably concealed the truth the most, I understand why he had to. I just want to hug him, or not. Kesh can do the hugging instead of course. I'm not crazy to get her after my butt. But you get the picture.Is it too much if I start begging for the next read? Also...please more povs from Kellee and Talen?
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  • Jeanny
    January 1, 1970
    First Sentence:"As a gladiator, there'd been no need for dance in my life, unless I counted the killing dance I'd performed for years in the arena."Genre:Sci-Fi/Dystopian (RH)Editing: Pippa advises all editing errors will be corrected by release date. (Remember my version is an eARC) Cover Art:I'm in lust with this series gorgeous cover art. Hat's off to the artist. Romance:Substantial progress was made.World: Hapsters, Halow System.Valand, Valand Galaxy.Faerie Land.My thoughts:In my review for First Sentence:"As a gladiator, there'd been no need for dance in my life, unless I counted the killing dance I'd performed for years in the arena."Genre:Sci-Fi/Dystopian (RH)Editing: Pippa advises all editing errors will be corrected by release date. (Remember my version is an eARC) Cover Art:I'm in lust with this series gorgeous cover art. Hat's off to the artist. Romance:Substantial progress was made.World: Hapsters, Halow System.Valand, Valand Galaxy.Faerie Land.My thoughts:In my review for Game of Lies I quoted Humanist Manifesto II (1973) & commented Pippa's Kesh & Talen practiced Secular humanists tendencies in that they held that ethics is consequential, to be judged by results. As I admired the cover art in book 3 I wondered how Pippa would manage to move the relationship story arc forward while maintaining character integrity. I worried she'd commit an author sin... if Kesh & Talen miraculously communicated as if they had years of intensive relationship therapy, worked cohesively, & dispensed with the secrets as easily as a gum machine I'd have accused Pippa of a case of the body snatchers & readied my mask for the purge. (Read: figuratively not a death threat). Luckily Pippa managed beautifully. *neatly folds mask back in underwear drawer* After reading Game of Lies hopefully we can unanimously agree Pippa has woven moral ambiguity & Arcanum throughout the series & war is central to the plot. Well, nothing has changed. OK, I'm mirroring the fae's version of the truth with that blanket statement. Although clandestine behaviors continue, some truths were revealed. As with all things, not all truths are pretty things or for public consumption. With the abundance of perfidious characters, Pippa seems to have had a manic writing session revealing many ugly truths throughout this book. I see no end to the moral ambiguity & to be fair I enjoy a good antihero. As for war well Pippa manages to accomplish a momentous the red viper vs the mountain-ish worthy battle scene. EPIC! We meet King Oberon & after stepping foot in fae soil, I can confidently say I believe change is amongst them. Will I continue the series?After that cruel ending, I don't see how I'll manage to wait for the release of Prince of Dreams. *faints* Kesh killed the queen & made Prince Oberon King. I look forward to the end of his reign. *puts fairy ear prosthetics on* So you see in The Nightshade's Touch I can truthfully say both nothing & everything has changed. Recommendation:I'd recommend this book to fans of slow burn non-traditional romance, antiheroes, subterfuge, magic, space, the fae, Artificial Intelligence, war, assassins, double agents, & dystopian worlds. Rating:5 starsDisclaimer:eARC kindly provided to me in exchange for a review.This book counts towards Reverse Haram Revolution's Bingo book challenge: "Dark & Brody Hero".
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, thank god they dialled down the drama! We start getting some answers in this book, we also start seeing the "harem" we've been expecting, and so far... it is underwhelming. Kesh is maybe in lust with Kellee, but I don't see that relationship going nowhere. And Arran? Well, no matter how much the author tells me that they have history, and that she loved/loves him, I just don't feel it.The only love interest that I like so far is Talen, and that my friends, does not a reverse harem make.The p Oh, thank god they dialled down the drama! We start getting some answers in this book, we also start seeing the "harem" we've been expecting, and so far... it is underwhelming. Kesh is maybe in lust with Kellee, but I don't see that relationship going nowhere. And Arran? Well, no matter how much the author tells me that they have history, and that she loved/loves him, I just don't feel it.The only love interest that I like so far is Talen, and that my friends, does not a reverse harem make.The plot was ok, but very predictable. I'm thinking the twist from the first book was the major revelation of this series, and I'm not really going to be surprised going forward. (Please please PLEASE prove me wrong, dear author)Still, I'm kinda curious as to how and why is Eledan back... And if he's going to be a love interest. I hope not, because I don't think there's any explanation that would make me forgive him after what he did in book one. (Again, happy to be proved wrong)
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Oh this one was better- secrets revealed, resolutions found, perhaps even true bonds finally formed.
  • Janita
    January 1, 1970
    Ok. So today I finished book three. And if I won a million right now, I would bribe Pippa to send me her final book. Because, damn… The story it just keeps growing, and in an amazing way! People I’ve wanted to meet are here for me to explore, and my nerves for the main character, help me.. Damn, don’t want to say too much. Just know that I did bit my nails down – so much for trying to grow some – and I did kind of hide from everyone in my house so I could read it. Aaaand I did kind of spend my d Ok. So today I finished book three. And if I won a million right now, I would bribe Pippa to send me her final book. Because, damn… The story it just keeps growing, and in an amazing way! People I’ve wanted to meet are here for me to explore, and my nerves for the main character, help me.. Damn, don’t want to say too much. Just know that I did bit my nails down – so much for trying to grow some – and I did kind of hide from everyone in my house so I could read it. Aaaand I did kind of spend my day-off stuck in my sofa with the book. So yes, I kind of read it two days Ladies and gentlemen, please let me introduce book three <3 Where the story is far from over, where lies give you the chills and make you hot at the same time. Enjoy!Stars: 5+J.B
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  • Erica Ravenclaw
    January 1, 1970
    ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ No spoilers and colorful language abound! Ugh, KESH. TALEN. YASS PLEASE. SO GOOD. Here for all of this! This is my first DaCosta series and I'm hooked. The writing is lovely, odd and enthralling. Excited for the next installment, and checking out this authors other works.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Kesh is torn trying to make it work between three men and being the savior the people need. She finds herself in a no-win situation; she can’t get answers needed from Kellee, she still loves Aeon/Arron, she’s bound to a fae she doesn’t understand and is number one most wanted by the fae King. The past two books, Kesh struggles with who she is. It isn’t until this book where she begins to shed the aliases she wears like a second skin. Wraithmaker. Kesh Lasota. Liar. Killer. Far lover. She’s re-le Kesh is torn trying to make it work between three men and being the savior the people need. She finds herself in a no-win situation; she can’t get answers needed from Kellee, she still loves Aeon/Arron, she’s bound to a fae she doesn’t understand and is number one most wanted by the fae King. The past two books, Kesh struggles with who she is. It isn’t until this book where she begins to shed the aliases she wears like a second skin. Wraithmaker. Kesh Lasota. Liar. Killer. Far lover. She’s re-learning her Saru nature and trying to nurture friendships and maybe even lovers, but fearful that she hasn’t evolved beyond her intended design. But her design may indeed save them all in the end. We learn more about the silver fae and Marshal Kellee. Things that are terrifyingly awesome and endear them to Kesh. The Dreamweaver is still an issue for Kesh as well - I think he’ll always be until he’s completely gone. And Arron. So sweet. So Aeon. So untouchable lest she hurt him again. The author keeps you constantly guessing where the story will lead, but it is impossible to try and outsmart her. There’s secrets and lies and where we end up is elusive, like sand slipping through your fingers. This book is dark, make no mistake, it will tear you up and only partly put you back together. There are unseelie monsters, and monsters hiding as friends. But in the darkness lies a pinprick of hope, like the stars in the darkest reaches of the galaxy. #teammessenger
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  • Tara Syrnyk
    January 1, 1970
    Pippa is so talented at weaving weaving such an intricate story. This book is intense. It is an emotional roller coaster like no other. I could not put it down. So strap in, you are in for one hell of a ride. She made laugh, cry, yell and gasp. We see so much happening in this book. We see the outcome of Aeions/Arrans decision to eat the fruit. We see so much more of Kelle and Talen. Secrets and hurts are revealed and it tears at your heart. We see Kesh becoming something. We watch her st Pippa is so talented at weaving weaving such an intricate story. This book is intense. It is an emotional roller coaster like no other. I could not put it down. So strap in, you are in for one hell of a ride. She made laugh, cry, yell and gasp. We see so much happening in this book. We see the outcome of Aeions/Arrans decision to eat the fruit. We see so much more of Kelle and Talen. Secrets and hurts are revealed and it tears at your heart. We see Kesh becoming something. We watch her struggle to make what she hopes are good decisions while she constantly doubts herself. This rag tag team on misfits are trying to come together to make change, to bring down the oppression the Fae have brought to every planet the touch. We meet more characters such as Sirius, who clearly plays a bigger part. I look forward to seeing how his relationship develops with Kesh. Oberon is front and centre with his machinations. The Dreamweaver is still in play. This little Saru who thinks she is nothing is going to change things. Shes already started. Nightshades Touch cannot be read without the other two in the series first. If you haven't read them already, you really should, you wont be disappointed. This is my voluntary review for an e-arc i was given
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  • Rhiannon Chillingworth
    January 1, 1970
    4.5.While there are still some fraustrating moments in this, there are some VERY welcome romantic developments between Kesh, Talen and Kellee.This feels like such an original series and there is the perfect balance (for me anyway) of plot, action and romance. The whole fae-in-space things is brilliant, as well.It ends on a pretty big cliff hanger, but thank good was for the excerpt for the next book, or I'd be a lot more annoyed!
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Frankly, Pippa DaCosta is a GENIUS.It took me a brief while to get back into the swing of the story, but considering how complex the plot is, it's a testament to her skill that I managed to pick it up again so quickly. Kesh, Kellee, and Aeon - now Arran, having willingly abandoned his memories - are stuck on the world of Hapters, waiting for Talen to come along and get them out whenever he feels up for it. Meanwhile, Oberon's guard Siri ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Frankly, Pippa DaCosta is a GENIUS.It took me a brief while to get back into the swing of the story, but considering how complex the plot is, it's a testament to her skill that I managed to pick it up again so quickly. Kesh, Kellee, and Aeon - now Arran, having willingly abandoned his memories - are stuck on the world of Hapters, waiting for Talen to come along and get them out whenever he feels up for it. Meanwhile, Oberon's guard Sirius is stalking Kesh ever closer in a bid to return her to the Faerie king. Everywhere Kesh looks, she sees secrets: about herself, her past, the others' pasts, and more. Pippa's pure technical writing ability is very on display in this novel. It takes a lot of skill to tackle a topic like Faerie in a way that does justice to it; only Holly Black and Karen Marie Moning have, IMO, managed it before. Here we get to see more of the stunningly original world that melds technology with faerie magic. So world-building: tick. Characters: tick too. Everyone is brilliantly drawn, neither good nor bad. Or bad even when they're good, like Kellee, and good even when they're bad, like Sirius. What I'm basically trying to say is that Pippa knows her characters very well and makes them act in believable ways. The slow burn also finally comes to a head with a guy or two. Honestly, my biggest complaint is that we didn't get to see Eledan. But considering the title and excerpt from the next book, my hopes are high...[Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    When you finish a book by this author, you generally don’t feel all warm and fuzzy. You feel flayed open, shocked, stunned, and all sorts of emotions you don’t expect, and that’s exactly how I felt at the end of this book. And, that’s a good thing, you ask? Yes, it is. This author is an expert at manipulating the reader’s emotions and writing such a fabulous story, you can’t help but be completely invested in the characters’ lives which are nowhere near a life of picket fences and warm apple pie When you finish a book by this author, you generally don’t feel all warm and fuzzy. You feel flayed open, shocked, stunned, and all sorts of emotions you don’t expect, and that’s exactly how I felt at the end of this book. And, that’s a good thing, you ask? Yes, it is. This author is an expert at manipulating the reader’s emotions and writing such a fabulous story, you can’t help but be completely invested in the characters’ lives which are nowhere near a life of picket fences and warm apple pie. On to this particular book. This book was a great addition to the series with Kesh rapidly approaching a point of no return. There is movement on the romance front, but if you are looking for a book full of romance, this book isn’t for you. I was stunned at the mini revelations in this book, and I can’t wait to see how Kesh is going to get out of this new wrinkle in her life. I’m sure she will because she always does, even if it’s with more scars, emotional and physical. This book is for you if you love great writing, spectacular characters, and so much emotion you can barely live with the book at the end. Don’t start this series with this book; start at the beginning. Love, love this series, and this book, and I can’t recommend them enough! Thanks to the author for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Christine Scotney
    January 1, 1970
    The third book in the messenger chronicles and they just keep getting better,I absolutely loved this book, it’s took me awhile to write this review, as I don’t know if I can do it justice. It’s hard to write without adding Spoilers. We learn a lot more about Kesh and her trio of lovely men, she’s also added another. All the secrets are revealed in this episode. You will find out a lot more about Kellie and Talen. You will laugh and cry along the way. Very fast paced. Pippa DaCosta has a way of t The third book in the messenger chronicles and they just keep getting better,I absolutely loved this book, it’s took me awhile to write this review, as I don’t know if I can do it justice. It’s hard to write without adding Spoilers. We learn a lot more about Kesh and her trio of lovely men, she’s also added another. All the secrets are revealed in this episode. You will find out a lot more about Kellie and Talen. You will laugh and cry along the way. Very fast paced. Pippa DaCosta has a way of truely getting you into her characters, one of which I could kick from here to timbucktoo, you’ll know who that is when you’re read the book. And SOTA, got to love that drone, biggest sense of humour, “Pass the popcorn” still makes me laugh thinking about it. Pippa you have done it again with another BRILLIANT masterpiece.I received this as an arc for an honest review.I have pre ordered the book, it’s that great.
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  • Louise Cromie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is intense! In so many ways! We really start to know the men in this story, although I’m not liking how Arran has turned out (I understand where he’s coming from, and why he does what he does but I still want to drop kick him... guess that what makes PIppa Dacosta such a god author, she creates character and stories that twist you up). The back story to Kellee (love how he got his name!) and Talen is just so emotional. This book was a lot more emotionally intense than the previous two. This book is intense! In so many ways! We really start to know the men in this story, although I’m not liking how Arran has turned out (I understand where he’s coming from, and why he does what he does but I still want to drop kick him... guess that what makes PIppa Dacosta such a god author, she creates character and stories that twist you up). The back story to Kellee (love how he got his name!) and Talen is just so emotional. This book was a lot more emotionally intense than the previous two... if you can believe that!I love how the characters have developed so much more in this book. I need to reread them all again just with that “inside knowledge” because I bet I’ll get even more from the stories.I cannot wait for the next book! (Really... I CAN NOT WAIT!)
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  • Janus the Erudite Artist
    January 1, 1970
    What a thrilling read! I was beyond ecstatic over getting the chance to read an advance copy of The Nightshades's Touch. I got into reading Pippa DaCosta's Shoot The Messenger because I wanted to explore the reverse harem genre. Little did I know that what started out as a mere curiosity would turn into one of the most exciting reading experiences I'd have! Many early reviewers have mentioned that this book is the best by far in the series, and I have to agree! Pippa is slowly giving her readers What a thrilling read! I was beyond ecstatic over getting the chance to read an advance copy of The Nightshades's Touch. I got into reading Pippa DaCosta's Shoot The Messenger because I wanted to explore the reverse harem genre. Little did I know that what started out as a mere curiosity would turn into one of the most exciting reading experiences I'd have! Many early reviewers have mentioned that this book is the best by far in the series, and I have to agree! Pippa is slowly giving her readers what they've been asking for and truly in a way that makes you want even more! I think I've already praised the world building, premise and character development of this series from the previous books so let me just say that this is no short of the amazeballs-ness (not a word but you get my point) writing style of Pippa. In fact it takes on an even deeper view of what lies beyond the world of this sci-fi faerie-esque story of our little saru/messenger protagonist, Kesh Lasota.Kesh is the kind of character where a love/hate relationship between reader and fictional character goes way beyond the norm. Her back story makes you want to hug and comfort her thinking maybe you could help take away all the pain she went through, but you gotta hate her for her frustrating stubbornness and unwillingness to trust. But flashback to her past and you kind of get where she's coming from but still... soooo frustrating!Anyway, I have to admit that getting into this series, I was a little frustrated that there was little 'action' (if you know what I mean! *wink, wink* if you don't, lemme give it to you straight, I'm talking about sex. LOL) from the previous books. Book two's scene doesn't count considering that's not the guy I want our heroine doing it with. But I gotta say, when it finally happened... IT. WAS. WORTH. THE. WAIT! I won't get into details as to avoid spoiling any of you but you're going to have to trust me on this.While normally I get pissed off over cliffhangers and having to wait for the next instalment, the ending of this book just got me way more excited to read the next book. And I don't want to rush the beauty that is Pippa's work, I'll say I'm willing to wait for book 4.
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  • The Mysterious Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Pippa DaCosta is one of those authors who I pretty much automatically click “download” on whenever I see she has a new book out, as I always know I will get an enjoyable read out of it. Her Messenger Chronicles series, of which The Nightshade's Touch Is book 3, is the perfect example of why. Leah is a superb, perfectly crafted, character and the imagination behind this truly "mind-blowing" paranormal fae-in-space novel, with its unseelie baddies, is just amazing. Added to another wonderfully plo Pippa DaCosta is one of those authors who I pretty much automatically click “download” on whenever I see she has a new book out, as I always know I will get an enjoyable read out of it. Her Messenger Chronicles series, of which The Nightshade's Touch Is book 3, is the perfect example of why. Leah is a superb, perfectly crafted, character and the imagination behind this truly "mind-blowing" paranormal fae-in-space novel, with its unseelie baddies, is just amazing. Added to another wonderfully plotted and written story and the result is a real winner. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend.
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  • D. Messing
    January 1, 1970
    This was by far the most epic story out of this series so far! Pippa is the kind of author where we want to wrap her characters up and put them on a shelf until she learns to play nicely, the things she puts them through, she delights in tormenting them! In all seriousness though this is a fantastic story full of pitfalls, betrayals, realizations, and enough twists and turns to turn you inside out. The world building is so epic and expansive that reading these books is like watching a technicolo This was by far the most epic story out of this series so far! Pippa is the kind of author where we want to wrap her characters up and put them on a shelf until she learns to play nicely, the things she puts them through, she delights in tormenting them! In all seriousness though this is a fantastic story full of pitfalls, betrayals, realizations, and enough twists and turns to turn you inside out. The world building is so epic and expansive that reading these books is like watching a technicolor movie from a page, and each one builds off the one before and just gets that much larger and in depth. Utterly fantastic series and thank you so much for the opportunity to review this jewel!
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  • Cheryl Liacos-Halstead
    January 1, 1970
    This is not a five star book but a ten star book! The story made me think a lot and therefore I took some breaks. Now how to tell you this is an awesome book without giving anything away and spoiling the story! You will get a lot of information about the characters but some of it was expected and others were surprises! Kesh, Talen, Kellee and Arran are working together to bring about change. The story is full of action, romance and even humor! Plot twists , a lot and some were surprises! Oberon This is not a five star book but a ten star book! The story made me think a lot and therefore I took some breaks. Now how to tell you this is an awesome book without giving anything away and spoiling the story! You will get a lot of information about the characters but some of it was expected and others were surprises! Kesh, Talen, Kellee and Arran are working together to bring about change. The story is full of action, romance and even humor! Plot twists , a lot and some were surprises! Oberon wants the wraithmaker back. He sends out a guardian to bring Kesh back. Is there unusual surprises, oh yeah. So expect to be surprised and I expect you will be looking for the next book, Prince of Dreams, I am!
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  • Johanna
    January 1, 1970
    Pippa DaCosta quickly became one of my favorite paranormal romance authors along with the great likes of Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward and Gena Showalter. Each series she has created is a literary blessing. The Messenger Chronicles is by far my favorite in every way from world building, character development, plot twists, steamy pages and sleep stealing words from cover to cover. Kesh LaSota is an addiction that I am a proud junky of. I just need more!
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  • Camila Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    This is quickly becoming a series that I loathe.I NEED CONCRETE SHIT. Not this dally-dally around with emotions and one minute she hates someone and the next she loves them. Kesh is absolutely idiotic.I am done. Done done done.Done with her ever changing emotions.Done with her constant moping and just-a-saru act.Done with her willingness to switch sides like a damn flipped coin.Done with her. Nope.Reading this was the opposite of book one. Read through the most of it in a matter of a day, and th This is quickly becoming a series that I loathe.I NEED CONCRETE SHIT. Not this dally-dally around with emotions and one minute she hates someone and the next she loves them. Kesh is absolutely idiotic.I am done. Done done done.Done with her ever changing emotions.Done with her constant moping and just-a-saru act.Done with her willingness to switch sides like a damn flipped coin.Done with her. Nope.Reading this was the opposite of book one. Read through the most of it in a matter of a day, and then the last 100 pages were rough.I'm just mad. Because this series is getting sloppy. We are finally introduced to the big and bad Oberon, who is poorly introduced for such a giant role he's played so far. I loved that Hulia kept bringing up the three men being Kesh's harem.Harem my ass.She hates them. She loves them. She can't trust them. She's shady AF.Not even excited for book 4.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Just as things start to look up, just as Kesh and Kellee and Talen and Arran are building bridges you do that to me?!!!GAH! Those cliff-hangers (because only Pippa DaCosta would be so cruel as to have more than one!) that you left us with. You give with one hand and then not only take with the other but hit us over the head too! The journey Kesh is taking us on is not a simple nor easy one, but it is one that is so very worth the time and effort. I read this book both wanting to know all it held Just as things start to look up, just as Kesh and Kellee and Talen and Arran are building bridges you do that to me?!!!GAH! Those cliff-hangers (because only Pippa DaCosta would be so cruel as to have more than one!) that you left us with. You give with one hand and then not only take with the other but hit us over the head too! The journey Kesh is taking us on is not a simple nor easy one, but it is one that is so very worth the time and effort. I read this book both wanting to know all it held in store for me, and yet not ever wanting to get to the end either. He had probably been looking for an opportunity to hit Kellee for centuries. Most people who knew Kellee wanted to punch him. Oh the secrets we learn, the lies that are told, the plans that are made and remade, the trust that is given or broken. This book has layer upon layer of story that is slowly being peeled away to reveal secrets and truths you would never even have guessed at. The heat level was ramped up, as was the intrigue, mystery and peril.Oh and Sota - he was just so funny and sarcastic! "Duly noted. Now can we focus on the Faerie map and not Arran's buns?""Is this a hypothetical question?" Sota asked."No!" I laughed. This isn't a stand alone book, it can only be understood after reading both previous books. Though be warned this series is massively addictive and so full of mind-f**ks that it has a deliciously dark edge to it too. Whilst this is a reverse-harem book, it most certainly isn't full of sex and erotica. There are several steamy encounters but they are an organic part of the plot, enhancing the story rather than being the story. I watched Kellee and Arran spar for strictly professional reasons. This author's writing continues to be amazing (and evilly twisted too), her tale held my attention from the very start to the end. You can't read this half-heartedly, there is far to much happening and far too many Easter Eggs to find, for that. If you haven't started the series yet, then go do it. This is my top fantasy/sci-fi read of the year. "How come I'm here and not your entourage of Buns, Dark, and Icy?""Buns, Dark and Icy?" I shook my head at her wicked grin. "Never mind, I don't want to know"...
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  • Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsThe Nightshade's Touch was an exciting sequel to Game Of Lies. I've been very eager to get my hands on this book since I had finished the previous installment and well, Pippa has done it again. This book totally slayed me! I really loved getting back into this world and I enjoyed every second of it. Kesh was pretty amazing in this book and also not to forget her harem Kellee, Talen, and Arran/Aeon. This whole book was a roller coaster ride bec Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsThe Nightshade's Touch was an exciting sequel to Game Of Lies. I've been very eager to get my hands on this book since I had finished the previous installment and well, Pippa has done it again. This book totally slayed me! I really loved getting back into this world and I enjoyed every second of it. Kesh was pretty amazing in this book and also not to forget her harem Kellee, Talen, and Arran/Aeon. This whole book was a roller coaster ride because a lot of secrets were finally revealed in it. This series is getting better and more exciting with each installment, and I need the next book right now.The story picks up from where it was left off in Game Of Lies. After killing thousands of Fae, Kesh has finally taken her role as hallow's messenger with her group Kellee, Talen, Arran, and Sota. While they're celebrating in the backwater Colony called Hapters, Oberon's forces suddenly descends upon them which makes them flee from there, but unfortunately the humans were taken captive by the Oberon's personal Guardian Sirius. Kesh and her group plans to rescue the prisoners but with her group keeping secrets from her, it's not going to be an easy task.  Kellee still has hard time trusting Kesh, and Talen is hiding dangerous secrets that he's reluctant to reveal. Aeon aka Arran on the other hand has full faith on her, but he isn't the Aeon of her past, he doesn't remember of their past and her betrayal after eating the star fruit. When the Fae abandoned their stars, they left something dark behind. When the Unseelie monsters starts to appear in hallow, Kesh decides that it's time for her to get all the answers that she deserves.I loved all the characters in this book including the new ones. I was a little frustrated with Kesh, Kellee, and Talen in Game Of Lies, but this book made me love them even more. Wraithmaker Kesh Lasota has finally comes to her senses and she's not the Oberon's loyal toy anymore, but sadly no one is ready to trust her because she'll always be his beloved loyal saru. Marshal Kellee is still being cold towards Kesh but he can't deny his attraction towards her. I really miss his old self who was so much fun. Talen is my favorite character. He's the mysterious fae in the group who's holding many secrets and when his guarded secret was finally revealed, I was totally blown away. Arran/Aeon is like a loyal puppy who adores Kesh and totally trusts her. To be honest, I really wish he hadn't ate that Star Fruit because I want the Old Aeon back. Well Sota was Sota. He's an android with a great sense of humor . I'm glad that he was in this book. The Dreamweaver/Mad Prince Eledan was pretty much absent in this book which is a bit disappointing but i'm so glad to hear that the next book is about him. Sirius was a nice addition to the plot and I can't wait to know more about him. Oberon was an intriguing villain. His kingdom is falling apart and he needs Kesh beside him but it seems like she's far more important to him than a loyal Saru.I loved the Plot! It was entertaining, action packed, and engaging throughout. The story moved in a fast pace and there's never a dull moment.  There are a lot of plot twists and shocking revelations that'll blow your mind away. We're going to get more information about our characters, more details about this world, and the conflicts between the Seelie and Unseelie court. While some of our questions were answered in this book, it left us with more questions. Finally, there's some progress in the romance department and I can't wait to see how it develops in the next book. The whole book was written in Kesh's first person POV. The writing was addicting, I loved it! The fae magic and the world building was fantastic! We need more Fae-in-Space novels. Pippa has done a great job with this series.  Overall, I absolutely loved this book! It's a total entertainer filled with right amount of kickass action, adventure, fae, and angsty romance. The ending part kinda reminded of ACOMAF's ending and the surprising twist left me wanting for more. Anyways, I'm super excited for the next book because my favorite mad prince is finally going to make his comeback. I can't wait to read it!
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  • Kreela
    January 1, 1970
    Pippa Da Costa:================Nightshade’s Touch: I am having trouble finishing this novel, if only because I want to savor each bittersweet morsel. Revelations fall like pearls off a necklace, pearls mixed with colored glass. Do you remember loathing a required reading assignment in English? The Illiad or The Odyssey was so unreadable (due to its stilted, ancient forms of English) that I resorted to Cliff’s Notes. War, mythology, fantasy, and exploration are all ways of exciting me into readin Pippa Da Costa:================Nightshade’s Touch: I am having trouble finishing this novel, if only because I want to savor each bittersweet morsel. Revelations fall like pearls off a necklace, pearls mixed with colored glass. Do you remember loathing a required reading assignment in English? The Illiad or The Odyssey was so unreadable (due to its stilted, ancient forms of English) that I resorted to Cliff’s Notes. War, mythology, fantasy, and exploration are all ways of exciting me into reading, but the themes have to be done well. I wish English teachers would substitute the older forms with....Pippa Da Costa’s novels. Yes, her novels are so deep and rich you can eat that chocolate cake without guilt. This book may be classified as a “reverse harem” but it is not the typical trope. Each man is unique, with his own secrets and willfulness. The MC is marbled with guilt and battle scars from Faerie. Trust is the hidden cherry at the cake’s center, and still a questionable find. Obviously, you will want to slow down to read this properly. It is no summer read. I would rate it intense, exciting, full of deal-making, back-stabbing, and people who want to elevate above their criminal pasts. A novel where the team of superheroes are aiming towards redemption. This novel is timely. There is a real need for redemption and honesty and public discourse again in America. These are dark times, and I need a novel like this, where imperfect individuals that mimic real people are reaching to better themselves and the world. A warning, though: if you just read this novel without reading the previous one, you will miss some of the layers and all of the icing. The first novel was fabulous, too, so buy both....unless you just like Disney versions of fantasy.
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  • Aracelis
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC. Right after I read this I really didn’t know how I felt about this book. As always, with Pippa’s books It was well written and you heart starts going and then she stomps on it. This book had all my emotions all over the place. Pros: we finally get to know Kellee and Talen! I knew I loved Talen and his crazy self and what he really is.And finally, Kesh and Talen open up to each other (mind you towards the end of the book)Kellee’s past had me in tears damn it. What he went through Received an ARC. Right after I read this I really didn’t know how I felt about this book. As always, with Pippa’s books It was well written and you heart starts going and then she stomps on it. This book had all my emotions all over the place. Pros: we finally get to know Kellee and Talen! I knew I loved Talen and his crazy self and what he really is.And finally, Kesh and Talen open up to each other (mind you towards the end of the book)Kellee’s past had me in tears damn it. What he went through broke my heart and the fact that he had to relive it just had me in tears but with that being said it probably was for the better so he can start letting go. Kesh sees the real KelleeCons: Kesh gets me on my nerves in this book. She is all over the place. When she pushes Talen to open up and he does she runs away!!!! She second guesses everything. (Idk if I haven’t really paid attention before is she was like this in the other books) but in this one she annoyed me for it. And because she kept it up. I wanted to throw my kindle. Arron: I am just mad at his behind he is just a category on his own. I get it. I do. But why I was starting to like his new self until the end. In the end I have a love/hate relationship with this book.
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  • Michele Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!! Pippa Dacosta has done it again!More Kesh, Talen, and Kellee- more fighting against Oberon and the evil he tries to unleash against the human race, more Aeion, without his memories after voluntarily eating the star fruit and losing all of them in the last book. Some answered questions....finally...yet more pile up on top of these new revelations. Finally Kesh gets some love from one of her men (talk about a slow burn!!!) And the return of the Unseelie, the boogeyman of the Fae and huma Amazing!! Pippa Dacosta has done it again!More Kesh, Talen, and Kellee- more fighting against Oberon and the evil he tries to unleash against the human race, more Aeion, without his memories after voluntarily eating the star fruit and losing all of them in the last book. Some answered questions....finally...yet more pile up on top of these new revelations. Finally Kesh gets some love from one of her men (talk about a slow burn!!!) And the return of the Unseelie, the boogeyman of the Fae and humans alike. More betrayal, more trust, more love against impossible odds. The Messenger continues to grow its tale as the people’s savior (or saviors as is truly the case). I cannot wait to read the next one...we get a bit of a preview, but it’s still left on a huge terrible cliffhanger!! Until next time, if you haven’t read this series, you absolutely must! You will not be disappointed! It has Fae, humanoids across multiple planets in the galaxies, space travel, tech and magic and the impossible combination of the two that shouldn’t exist, and a powerful former slave Saru female lead who is just beginning to understand her value to the people and the value of the men she loves! You just have to pick this one up!!!
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  • Myreadbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Pippa DaCosta for this partnership.There is Kesh, Halow's messenger. Without her entourage, she wouldn't be here. There is a secret so dark that it could change the fate of the Faerie.I loved this third book, always with a captivating story full of suspense and twists. I love this author's pen, eager to read the book four.
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  • Hope Vest
    January 1, 1970
    I love the how good we get to know each of the characters in this series and this book didn’t fall short. New parts of their past come to light and I loved the twists. I’m already waiting impatiently for the next book to come out. This is one of my favorite series! I love it!!!
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