Prince of Dreams (Messenger Chronicles, #4)
“Oh what a tangled web we weave…”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 and Kellee a thousand light-years away, Kesh knows she 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 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?

Prince of Dreams (Messenger Chronicles, #4) Details

TitlePrince of Dreams (Messenger Chronicles, #4)
Author
ReleaseDec 14th, 2018
PublisherCrazy Ace Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Polyamorous, Reverse Harem, Fairies, Fae, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Prince of Dreams (Messenger Chronicles, #4) Review

  • Helen 2.0
    January 1, 1970
    I think the Messenger Chronicles has finally become my favorite RH series. It's official with this latest installment, Prince of Dreams. The series' two strongest features are its world and its character development. The world Pippa has built is a complicated mix of epic fantasy and gritty sci-fi: picture a galaxy in which mythical fae have planted the seeds of life in different star systems, creating sentient races (including humans) meant to someday evolve to serve their creators. However, hum I think the Messenger Chronicles has finally become my favorite RH series. It's official with this latest installment, Prince of Dreams. The series' two strongest features are its world and its character development. The world Pippa has built is a complicated mix of epic fantasy and gritty sci-fi: picture a galaxy in which mythical fae have planted the seeds of life in different star systems, creating sentient races (including humans) meant to someday evolve to serve their creators. However, humans fought their subjugation by developing tek, machines that are capable harming the immortal fae. The Messenger Chronicles takes place across star systems and so far we have visited human, fae, and in between planets. Each setting has its own secrets and complicated history, which the author reveals in slow bits and pieces. As for the characters, our leading lady Kesh is as multi-faceted as they come. So far she has adopted and shed many different identities throughout the plot: Kesh Lasota, the Wraithmaker, the nothing girl, the Messenger, and so on. What I liked about these many identities residing within one character is the way Kesh's inner dialogue and actions change depending on which identity she feels closest to. Living in her head is a wild ride, it never gets boring. Also, many of the love interests and supporting cast also take up different roles, or have done so in the past. A word about the rollercoaster relationshipsA common criticism I hear for this series is that keeping up with the erratic behavior of Kesh and the supporting cast is frustrating, especially when the main relationships are volatile as well. I agree that there was a pattern of trust and mistrust between the main characters in the first two books of the series, as the characters changed their minds about each other seemingly every two pages. At some points it seemed as though Kesh loved her men one second, and didn't trust them as far as she could chuck them the next second. However!! Trust has consistently built and bloomed between main characters, especially Kesh, Kellee, and Talen, since the third book. That trust has bloomed into relationships that I believe will last from here on out. Remember, this is a sloooooooowburn RH, but for those worrying that we'll never get to see love, it does begin to show in the latest books. Moreover, I actually like how all the relationships are complex. They are multifaceted and unstable, just like the characters. Just like the different settings and different races in the Messenger world. The entire series is thematically consistent. The more I read, the more I get the feeling that Pippa is not just telling a story for the heck of it; she's making a point about the world in which we live. (The exact point she is making is up to interpretation.) This thematic coherency is so rare in RH, but so vital to writing a meaningful story. It makes me happy enough I want to forgive any flaws I might otherwise find with the series. So, tl;dr: I can't recommend this series enough to those of my friends who love the RH genre but are getting tired of the fluff and repetitiveness that many new series entail. The Messenger Chronicles is a dark, slowburn fantasy/scifi RH that's written with a lot of skill and creativity. Give it a try!
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  • Pippa DaCosta
    January 1, 1970
    One word:Eledan. Are you ready for the Prince of Dreams?
  • Maria Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that the last book’s ending was brutal but Prince of Dreams slayed me. The ending is very different yet it packs a similar emotional punch. In fact for the most part of this book my heart was pounding so hard (both from fear and pure unadulterated lust) that midway through I gave up on trying to finish it sober and went for the bottle of wine I keep for special occasions. I’m not sure what impact the alcohol had on my perception of the book but I know for sure that I would have had a l I thought that the last book’s ending was brutal but Prince of Dreams slayed me. The ending is very different yet it packs a similar emotional punch. In fact for the most part of this book my heart was pounding so hard (both from fear and pure unadulterated lust) that midway through I gave up on trying to finish it sober and went for the bottle of wine I keep for special occasions. I’m not sure what impact the alcohol had on my perception of the book but I know for sure that I would have had a lot of trouble accepting the ending otherwise. You see, this is not the typical series where the main character, while flawed is completely trustworthy. Kesh is a basket case due to her upbringing and that makes her unpredictable and not always in a good way. But she’s trying and at the end of the previous book there was finally some progress on the trust front with Kellee and Talen. She was finally throwing off the Fae’s poisonous influence on a deeper more meaningful level. So watching how Oberon and Eledan were undermining her progress and doing their damnest to entrap her in their beautiful lies, to turn her back into that nothing girl, that empty shell from the beginning was painful as hell. At the end of The Nightshade’s Touch I was terrified not for Kesh but for what it would mean for her relationships, the one with Kellee in particular. He’s the most difficult to win over and she had finally managed to crack some of his armor. So seeing him fight so damn hard to get her back and that he didn’t doubt her devotion was a relief. I love the violent vakaru and I want him to have some happiness in his world. He deserves it more than anyone else of Kesh’s men. And that final scene with him was so sweet it melted something deep inside me, something cold and frozen and cynical that doesn’t believe in love and happy endings. Now I want that happy ending for him and Kesh, and Talen and Sirius. But I’m afraid as I know that Pippa is not really into the HEAs and there’s a big chance that someone (if not most of them) will end up dead or somehow separated for eternity (I still have not forgiven Pippa for what she did with Muse and Akil). Talking about Sirius, I’m pretty surprised at how things turned out. Oh I was pretty sure that beneath all the snark and disgusted looks he had a thing for Kesh but I never expected that haughty Fae to have a heart, yet alone to do what he did. But I’m glad he did surprise me as I found him particularly interesting and want him added to the Messenger’s harem even before he showed up his true colors. Besides there’s one dream I’m really keen to see play out for real ;) I’m just not sure how he will fit in with the rest of the guys but considering the latest revelations he deserves a place in Kesh’s life and her revolution.Now for those of you who have not yet read this book, I suggest you skip the next paragraph as I\ll be sharing my thoughts on an event that is a major spoiler. I’ll talk about Arran and his betrayal. (view spoiler)[ Arran was never my favourite and I resented his showing up. I tried to like him because as Aeon he laid the groundwork for Kesh to become the Messenger. But when he became Arran… well for me that was an incredibly selfish, stupid and dangerous thing to do. And I proved right as Aeon would have never betrayed Kesh and the Messenger myth the way Arran did. Seeing Kesh make deals with the devil to save him from his own stupidity made me so angry but at the same time it made me proud. Proud of the woman Kesh became over the course of these 4 books. I’m not going to lie – I’m glad Arran is dead (if he really is, one can never know with Pippa) and I relished his sacrifice. It was the one good thing he did and the only way to atone for his misguided attempt to please the Fae. I know it caused Kesh incredible pain and I’m afraid that it will make her even more determined to push the guys away, but I truly believe that in the long run this is a good thing. (hide spoiler)]Okay… this turned out to be a lot longer than I expected. And I wasn’t done but it’s doubtful anyone is going to read something this long. Anyway, a few words about my favourite character Sota. He undergoes quite the metamorphosis in this installment which will make things even more interesting. While I was reading that scene I couldn’t help but remember one of Pippa’s extra “scenes” (she shares those in her private Facebook group so join to see what I’m talking about) and now I can’t stop thinking about ‘leg-fingers’. Oh how I hope she’s going to publish those out-takes. They deserve to be more than Facebook posts.Last paragraph. I promise! There’s only one more book left in this series and knowing what happens in this one I have to say I don’t know how Pippa will manage to wrap all things up in only one novel. The situation is quite tangled and there are even more questions that demand answers now than when The Nightshade’s Touch ended. I can’t wait to see how everything will be resolved. Thankfully Pippa’s a fast writer so I won’t be waiting an year or more to get my answers.
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Excellence as usual. While I've knocked a star off because Kesh spent most of the book separated from Talen and Kellee, it did help her relationship with Sirius flourish. (Aside: Sirius is awesome. In fact, all of Kesh's men are. Lucky cow). We also got to see a ton of Eledan, which was great because I absolutely bloody LOVE him. The plot twists were brilliant and the cliffhanger is brutal - cannot wait for more! [Blog] - [Bookstagram] ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! Excellence as usual. While I've knocked a star off because Kesh spent most of the book separated from Talen and Kellee, it did help her relationship with Sirius flourish. (Aside: Sirius is awesome. In fact, all of Kesh's men are. Lucky cow). We also got to see a ton of Eledan, which was great because I absolutely bloody LOVE him. The plot twists were brilliant and the cliffhanger is brutal - cannot wait for more! [Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette, Dragon Lady, House of Slytheread
    January 1, 1970
    FOUR MORE DAYSI NEED THIS RIGHT MEOW.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Following on from the end of the last book Prince of Dreams sees Kesh back in Faerie with Sirius, trying to find a way to stop Arran's execution, while Kellee and Talen are still back in Hallow trying to figure out a way to get to Faerie to rescue her. With both Oberon and Eledan trying to ensure Kesh's loyalty her newfound resolve to be the protector of Hallow and free her own people is being severely put to the test but she's come a long way from the girl we met at the beginning of the series Following on from the end of the last book Prince of Dreams sees Kesh back in Faerie with Sirius, trying to find a way to stop Arran's execution, while Kellee and Talen are still back in Hallow trying to figure out a way to get to Faerie to rescue her. With both Oberon and Eledan trying to ensure Kesh's loyalty her newfound resolve to be the protector of Hallow and free her own people is being severely put to the test but she's come a long way from the girl we met at the beginning of the series and she's stronger than either of them imagine.This series is just getting better and better and I loved the chance to explore more of Faerie and get to know Oberon a bit better. He is definitely not a character to be trusted but he's had a huge influence over Kesh's entire life and he's very good at pulling her strings. Not quite as good as Eledan though and he is doing his best to play her again now as he makes a bid for freedom. Kesh will do anything to save Arran but she could be making a huge mistake by placing her trust in Eledan so things are definitely about to get interesting.I have to admit I missed seeing Kesh spending time with Kellee and Talen but I loved getting to know Sirius better. There is a lot more to his character than we first realised and I'm enjoying peeling back a few of those layers to see what is underneath. I also loved getting some of the story from Kellee's point of view and was glad to see him and Talen working together towards a common goal. They seem to have come to an understanding now and they're quite a formidable team when they're on the same page.There is so much going on in this story that I was on the edge of my seat while reading it. This series is full of plots within plots and you can never quite tell what twist Pippa DaCosta will throw at us next so it's always a little worrying but that also makes it more fun to read. Kesh's harem is growing and there has been some fantastic relationship development across the series but I'm a little nervous that not everyone is going to get the happy ending that they deserve. I know which characters I'm rooting for though and I hope I don't end up completely heartbroken in the end - I know there was already one heart stopping moment here that nearly broke both Kesh and me!I absolutely can't wait for the next instalment and I'm already a little devastated that it will be the final book in the series. I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to these characters or this world yet but I trust Pippa to end it on a high note.
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    This review contains minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.This series has seriously captured my heart. It brings my love of fantasy and my love of science fiction crashing together to form something truly unique. The mashup of genres is like drugs for me. I get so excited just thinking about the fantasy and science fiction aspects that compliment each other splendidly. My fangirl heart just won't rest. One thing to mention about this series is that it is a reverse harem series. I am very new to This review contains minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.This series has seriously captured my heart. It brings my love of fantasy and my love of science fiction crashing together to form something truly unique. The mashup of genres is like drugs for me. I get so excited just thinking about the fantasy and science fiction aspects that compliment each other splendidly. My fangirl heart just won't rest. One thing to mention about this series is that it is a reverse harem series. I am very new to this genre, but I have learned very quickly what I like and what I don't like when it comes to these types of books. The one thing that I can't stand and that really ruins the reading experience for me if when the plot is exceedingly unconvincing or ridiculous. Pippa DaCosta knocks this out of the park with a truly convincing story. She does this very well with an interesting and compelling plot that doesn't feel smothered by the reverse harem aspect. I like that it is there, but it doesn't dominate the story. The reverse harem aspect has a slow-burn romance as well so that also makes it more convincing than a lot of other books that I have read by other authors in this genre. The last thing that really makes the reverse harem aspect great in this series is the complex characters and the way that they interact with each other. The chemistry between the characters is really top notch.There was a ton of development with the plot in the last book. This book seemed more character driven. There are some new developments with the plot that I really liked, but this book felt like the characters were at a crossroads. Kesh is on Faerie with Sirius trying to save Arran and Talen and Kellee are trying to get back to Kesh and find the pieces of the Polestar. Each side had decisions to make that put them at odds with other aspects of the story.I loved the character development in this installment of the series. In this book, we get chapters from Kellee's point of view as well as Kesh's, which was new. I liked seeing things from Kellee's perspective. Since this is a slow-burn reverse harem, the harem is being introduced slowly. We get to know some of Kesh's harem better in this book. We get a deeper look at Sirius, which I adored! His mysteries are slowly uncovered and I loved the journey from broody guardian to loving protector. We also get to see more of Eledan in this book. I don't know if he is actually a part of the harem or not, but I sure as hell hope that he is. His development in this was amazing! I have always liked Eledan, even when he was a creep and a dick. The chemistry and he and Kesh had is undeniable in my opinion. He is also so flawed, just as much as Kesh is, and I love that! All of the characters in this series are flawed in one way or another and I think that also makes this series so incredible. But, back to Eledan. He was still his usual cryptic self, but I loved the small things that he did for Kesh. He can come off as a little possessive, but he still gave Kesh the "gift" of having Kellee in her dreams. He may be a little twisted, but I am sure that he cares about Kesh. I am excited to see where their relationship goes in the last book. The romance in this is hard to explain. There is a slow-burn between Kesh and Sirius. True feelings aren't revealed until the end of the book, but it was awesome. Perfect, really. The relationship with Eledan is up in the air. He clearly wants her and makes the deal with her to be his. He mentioned to the Fae guards that she would be his queen, so yeah. Kesh and Eledan's interactions were much softer than in the past. They used to clash and now they seem to be comfortable with each other. Kelle and Talen are away from Kesh, but we get Kellee's point of view and we can hear his thoughts about how he loves Kesh. I loved his moment with Kesh at the end of the book once they find her. I love that he wanted to share his Vakaru customs with her when it came to being mates.Overall, this is a bloody fantastic series and I can't urge you enough to read it! If you appreciate real and flawed characters, intricate plots, and entirely unparalleled worlds then this is a perfect book series for you. There is only one more book left in this series after this book, and I am honestly getting a little nervous because I simply don't want this journey to end. I have been so taken with this series and it will hold a special place in my heart for years to come. More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
    January 1, 1970
    This whole series is like this for me I just want it to fit into my idea of RH which it just never will Every time I thought Kesh was taking a step forward she seemed to take 2 back instead. So frustrating, the grovelling (even if it was a lie) and kneeling to Oberon grated on my nerves the most. This instalment was broken in Kesh's story and we also it another POV from Kellee which was nice. Marshal and Talen were on their own mission apart from Kesh who was on Faerie Yes just as things were co This whole series is like this for me I just want it to fit into my idea of RH which it just never will Every time I thought Kesh was taking a step forward she seemed to take 2 back instead. So frustrating, the grovelling (even if it was a lie) and kneeling to Oberon grated on my nerves the most. This instalment was broken in Kesh's story and we also it another POV from Kellee which was nice. Marshal and Talen were on their own mission apart from Kesh who was on Faerie Yes just as things were coming together in the last book they were split up for the whole book Will they ever be a happy harem? In my most experienced RH opinion is But I love the new Sota so it might be worth going on to the last book just for him
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  • Jeanny
    January 1, 1970
    First Sentence:"Faerie was not how I remembered."Genre:Sci-Fi/Dystopian (RH)Cover Art:I'm in lust with this series gorgeous cover art. Hat's off to the artist. Romance:Change is afoot World: SOL Alliance (Earth)HaptersFaerie Land My thoughts:Unlike my previous reviews for this series, this review will be short in both length & details. Mostly because it's the fourth book in the Messenger Chronicles & as such most fans will have already become familiar with each character's personality, t First Sentence:"Faerie was not how I remembered."Genre:Sci-Fi/Dystopian (RH)Cover Art:I'm in lust with this series gorgeous cover art. Hat's off to the artist. Romance:Change is afoot World: SOL Alliance (Earth)HaptersFaerie Land My thoughts:Unlike my previous reviews for this series, this review will be short in both length & details. Mostly because it's the fourth book in the Messenger Chronicles & as such most fans will have already become familiar with each character's personality, the romantic interests, the overall plot arc & of course the inevitable twists we've come to expect from this series. Also, I'm determined not to hint to any plot twists or include the slightest spoiler bc it would take away from the amazing story. So I'll skip to what's relevant to fans of an established series. Rest assured fans the characters remain authentic to their established personalities, Pippa continues to play the evil author with Kesh's love life. I'm happy to report I continue to enjoy the anxiety & heart palpitations Pippa's twists cause in me & this book moves the overall arc forward. That said it does end in a cliffhanger.Will I continue the series?No doubt. I don't want to sour anyone's enjoyment of reading. Read often, as many books as you can because books truly have the ability to enrich your life. However, as a bibliophile, the reality is I read hundreds of books in a year making my ability to predict outcomes surprisingly accurate. The Messenger series is one of the few I can't confidently predict while reading. After I finish the book it always takes me a few minutes to mentally review the story... follow the series of events & author's logic to its conclusion. That's an incredible gift (from the author to us bibliophiles). Thank you, Pippa.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.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I will say this is an awesome story! Five stars is not enough and even 10 barely begins to cover it! There is so much going on in this book and such plot twist and surprises. Kesh, Kellee and Talen have been separated for most of this book. Deals are made , betrayals will occur but the secrets revealed will surprise you! But when Kesh, Kellee and Talen come together again you will get plenty of food for thought. Sota is such an interesting character but he has his strong moments and can be such I will say this is an awesome story! Five stars is not enough and even 10 barely begins to cover it! There is so much going on in this book and such plot twist and surprises. Kesh, Kellee and Talen have been separated for most of this book. Deals are made , betrayals will occur but the secrets revealed will surprise you! But when Kesh, Kellee and Talen come together again you will get plenty of food for thought. Sota is such an interesting character but he has his strong moments and can be such a funny character The mad prince/ Dreamweaver is such a slick character, he is not trust worthy. By the title of the book you know he is a key player but I would have said what he wanted to hear ( lie) and do what was necessary to get what I wanted done. Read this very interesting book as I do highly recommend it so you can see all that is going on and groan, laugh, and cry with the rest of us!
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