Shoot the Messenger - Pippa DaCosta

Shoot the Messenger

By Pippa DaCosta

  • Release Date: 2019-05-13
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4
From 93 Ratings


Lies aren't her only weapons against the fae...

In the Halow system, one of Earth’s three sister star systems, tek and magic—humans and fae—are at war.

Kesh Lasota is a ghost in the machine. Invisible to tek, she’s hired by the criminal underworld to carry illegal messages through the Halow system. But when one of those messages kills its recipient, Kesh finds herself on the run with a bounty on her head and a quick-witted marshal on her tail. 

Proving her innocence should be straightforward. Until a warfae steals the evidence she needs. The fae haven’t been seen in Halow in over a thousand years. And this one—a brutally efficient killer able to wield tek—should not exist. But neither should Kesh. 

As Kesh’s carefully crafted lie of a life crumbles around her, she knows being invisible is no longer an option. To hunt the warfae, to stop him from destroying a thousand-year fragile peace, she must resurrect the horrors of her past. 

Kesh Lasota was a ghost. Now she’s back, and there’s only one thing she knows for certain: Nobody shoots the messenger and gets away with it.

Reader note: This series is professionally edited and proofread for your reading enjoyment. 

DragonCon Award finalist for Best Fantasy (Paranormal) 2018

Messenger Chronicles reading order:
Shoot the Messenger, #1
Game of Lies, #2
The Nightshade's Touch, #3
Prince of Dreams, #4
Her Dark Legion, #5 (coming late 2019)

Shoot the Messenger is a full-length novel: 80,000 words.
Genre: Science-fantasy. Paranormal in a sci-fi setting. Slow-burn alternative relationship dynamic.


  • Shoot the Messenger

    By PalatableDinner
    This was a really good read and I found it well worth my time. It’s scifi-fantasy-thriller with a dash of romance. It stands well enough as a stand alone and I recommend reading it as such, since I found each book that follows is a step down from the one before in this 5 book series. It’s worth noting that there is a decent amount of cussing and graphic imagery which I’m aware isn’t for everyone. While the premise of people being genetically engineered to be attracted to another set of people is a very lazy and fan fiction way to get them to bang, it wasn’t center stage and the plot more than made up for it. There is, however, some queerbaiting and I question the logic of masters giving slaves collars that make them less susceptible to magic. Still, Kesh is a very empowering character and following her journey, her fall and rise, was captivating. As far as the rest of the series goes, however, Kesh gradually transforms into a victim of forces beyond her control as almost all the agency that made her awesome in book 1 is stripped from her or given to other characters as the story shifts to a “chosen one” narrative. Her streams of consciousness repeatedly recaps information to the point where I felt I was reading the same thing over and over, and by the end she seemed less 26 and more 18. Everything in general gets closer to fan fiction. Having said that, if you’re looking for a polyamorous romance it might be worth the read, since it focuses heavily on it, though I remain unimpressed.
  • Messenger Is Perfect

    By math wizard
    Awesome excellent book! The title is very interesting as we would normally say don’t shoot the messenger but Pippa’s title is perfect! You have an excellent mystery with lots of subplots and twists. Kellee, Kesh and a surprise Talen. Such an unusual partnership but it works! The action of the story will keep you riveted and it will be hard to put down. Questions to ask yourself will friendship be strong enough to overcome the conditionings the elves have place in Kesh? How much is Stockholm syndrome and will she be able to fight it and become the person or saru she needs to be to help save so many? I like the bits of romance coming out and look forward to seeing it grow. Too bad about her companion, Sota, as it did play a interesting part in the story but there was humor from him and a bit of humor is always good in the story! I do recommend this book and the next should be just as excellent! Ten stars, Pippa!