Be careful which star you wish upon...
The unseelie—banished by Oberon long ago—are stirring awake, and there's one name on their poisoned 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
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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!
This book was pretty much a few hundred pages of rehashing trust issues and Kesh flip flopping her stance on anything and everything as she repeatedly recaps previous conversations and events. It’s like watching a load of laundry go round and round in a dryer with a couple of kinky shirts in it.
A part of this story is Kesh trying to lead as the mythological messenger that inspires the resistance as she aspires to be a harbinger of change. An interesting idea, but one that doesn’t make sense given the circumstances. Kesh is trained in subterfuge and most of her experience is in operating alone, whereas Kellee and Talen have centuries of knowledge and leadership experience. As previously established, they just need her as a figurehead. It doesn’t make sense for them to look to her for answers or let her make decisions especially with the lack of trust, but for some reason they do.
Also, for someone who complains about not knowing enough about Kellee and Talen she sure presumes a lot about them, while other knowledge she previously demonstrated disappear. (When to fight, how to deal with fae etc.)
There’s also problematic Indigenous tropes when it comes to Kellee, the vakaru, and Valand, and even more problematic rhetoric when it comes to not holding people responsible for “following orders.” When problematic practices are displayed and not addressed, they are reinforced and perpetuated.