The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tuckolke

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Boneless Mercies

Author: April Genevieve Tuckolke

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Pages: 384

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence and gore)

Synopsis: A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.

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.

Review: For the most part this was a good book. The plot was interesting and the writing was amazing. It was a fairly good Beowulf retelling.

However, I did think that the characters weren’t well developed in this book and the world building was lacking. The fighting was also really simplistic and I wish the book challenged it’s characters.

Verdict: A decent retelling.