Book reviews

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke – Book Review


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 Mercies hear of a terrible beast rampaging through villages, they decide to kill this beast and leave their death trade once and for all. 

There is a reward for killing the beast and this would allow the band of Mercies to go their separate ways and live different lives. One little snag, the monster is immortal.

April Genevieve Tucholke has written an enthralling and enchanting tale of the relationship between Mercies, all young strong women in a harsh, difficult and poor world. While this is a Young Adult novel it is in no way childish and the Mercies may be young the story’s in depth and is really about hope and love and companionship,  you will be utterly committed to these young women and their tales. The world created is very atmospheric and detailed and you could easily get lost here. I loved this and hope there will be a sequel as I feel there is more to come.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Published October 4th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK