The Boneless Mercies – April Tucholke

Hello bookish friends,

Synopsis (goodreads):

They called us the Mercies, or sometimes the Boneless Mercies. They said we were shadows, ghosts, and if you touched our skin we dissolved into smoke …

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are Boneless Mercies – death-traders, hired to kill quickly, quietly and mercifully. It is a job for women, and women only. Men will not do this sad, dark work.

Frey has no family, no home, no fortune, and yet her blood sings a song of glory. So when she hears of a monster slaughtering men, women, and children in a northern jarldom, she decides this the Mercies’ one chance to change their fate.

But glory comes at a price …


The Boneless Mercies was an interesting read. I could certainly see the inspiration from Beowulf and the research into old myths and oral tales within the planning and excecution of this novel. I have also never read a young adult book in the same vain before and i have nothing to compare it to.

I gave this book 4 stars as it was very good, just not my favourite in the year. I cannot fault the concept of this book and the language/world building was great.

As always, happy reading

Korie x


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