The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC review)


TITLE: The Boneless Mercies

AUTHOR: April Genevieve Tucholke

RELEASES: October 4th 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK

GENRE: Teens + YA Fantasy

A dark and gorgeously drawn standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Won in a major six-house auction!

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.

Wayfarers, this just might have made top reads of 2018 for me! It’s been marketed as a genderbent Beowulf in alternative Scandinavia. Now, having never read Beowulf, I can’t say how true that is or not. However, I can say this story delivers all the things I love: soft-hearted boys, strong-willed girls, and an epic adventure to save a village. DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are ferociously driven girls who give no fucks about what the world thinks of them, and I love it! They navigate their world with their own moral compass, staying true to each other and their own minds.

I also really loved Trigve. He’s so kind hearted and sweet. He really adds a certain element to the story. I did think his relationship with Frey was a bit odd, though.

Their journey brings them into contact with so many interesting characters. It’s a brilliant novel that is extremely well written. I’ll definitely be reading it again.

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster UK for providing me with a proof copy. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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2 thoughts on “The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC review)

  1. I know the moment I see the cover that I want to read this book and I don’t even know what is it all about. But having read this, and it’s a genderbent of Beowulf like you said…I am definitely up for this. Beowulf is one of my favorite story when I took up literature and it’s incredible! I actually watched the movie too.😊


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