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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 ...

An epic YA fantasy set in a breathtaking new world, this is perfect for fans of V.E.Schwab , Leigh Bardugo , Laini Taylor and Melinda Salisbury


"Fierce and glorious, this story of outcast girls defying fate utterly bewitched me. Tucholke is a gorgeous writer."
-- LAINI TAYLOR, New York Times -bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer

" Its every page hints at a deeper magic at work; it contains a whole world and all its myths and histories within its skin." -- MELISSA ALBERT, New York Times- bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

"Ruthless and lyrical, heart-warming and blood-chilling, and beautifully redolent of ancient tales and history. It will sing to a new generation of heroes." -- SAMANTHA SHANNON, New York Times- bestselling author of The Bone Season

"I fell in love with this stunning novel from the very first page. Fierce and unforgettable, with gorgeous prose and a fantastic premise that more than delivers. Easily one of my favorite YA novels of 2018." -- KATHERINE WEBBER, author of Wing Jones and Only Love Can Break Your Heart

The Boneless Mercies Reviews | Toppsta

9781471170003
  • ISBN: 9781471170003
  • Pub Date: 1st October 2018
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Imprint: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 352

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11th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Boneless Mercies 9781471170003
4 stars
Boneless Mercies: nomadic women earning their living performing mercy killings - ending the suffering of the elderly, ill and wounded. As women with weapons, the Mercies are distrusted by their society, yet they do work that men won't - killing without prestige.

One group of Mercies have grown tired of their way of life and hunger for glory and riches. Ovie, Runa, Juniper and Frey (the group's leader and the story's narrator) - hear about a monster terrorising a nearby kingdom, and of the reward for killing it. The promise of fame and fortune seems like an answer to their prayers. But at what cost?

The Boneless Mercies is an atmospheric fantasy novel, heavily inspired by Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology, culture and folklore, and is a loose retelling of Beowulf. It features an array of interesting female characters (the story's main heroes and villains are all women or girls) and I appreciated the strong platonic male-female friendships - you don't come across this often in YA (don't worry, there is romance too!). One real strong point of the book is the relationships between the various characters.

The book starts quite slowly, and it took me a while to get into it, but by the second half of the book I was hooked - the action cranks up significantly at the end of the first part and doesn't let up until the end (except for a few 'calm before the storm' moments).

This is a book for older readers, but could be great to use in English classes that are looking at Beowulf. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to fantasy readers - especially fans of authors like Sarah J Maas. 

The Boneless Mercies is an engaging, atmospheric fantasy adventure with great world building, engaging characters and a satisfying conclusion.
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