The Boneless Mercies

The Boneless Mercies

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 A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Frey, Ovie, Juniper,...

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Title:The Boneless Mercies
Author:April Genevieve Tucholke
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Boneless Mercies
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Boneless Mercies Reviews

  • Elisa
    Oct 24, 2018
    It makes me kind of sad that I didn?t love this book ? it features strong, independent women, and the cover is gorgeous. (What. That?s important) But despite how I may have liked the characters, the story is just... blah. The pacing is off, with scenes just blending into one a...
  • Melissa
    Jun 15, 2018
    THE BONELESS MERCIES is a wonder, infused with the spare and melancholy magic of a heraldic ballad. It's the story of an all-women pack of paid mercy killers winding through a Norse-influenced fantasy world on their way to slaying the marauding Blue Vee Beast, thus earning fame, glory,...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Aug 19, 2016
    Four female mercenaries kicking butt and slaying monsters? I am in! ...
  • Rae
    Oct 13, 2018
    So Soooo good!! Full review soon! ...
  • TL
    Oct 04, 2018
    Characters: 4 stars Writing: 3 to 2.5 stars Plot 3 stars ---- What I loved: the atmosphere and the world the author built. The bond between the girls and Trigve. The Sea Witches home The mythology she creates, blending with some known ones. So-so's: I was interes...
  • Fiona
    Oct 02, 2018
    I've been reading much less YA over the last year than I used to. Thankfully though, there's some amazing YA novels coming out, and when I do read it I've been lucky enough to find absolute gems. That held true with The Boneless Mercies, a retelling of Beowulf set in a Vorse (Viking + ...
  • A.G. Howard
    Dec 02, 2018
    I will read ANYTHING by April. Her world building and characterization are always spot on. And her prose is always lovely, thought-provoking, and sensorial without being purple. ...
  • Hannah L (Reviewer)
    Jul 20, 2018
    A boring gender bent version of Beowulf, the Boneless Mercies is a tale of a depressed mercy killer named Frey and her group of friends. After killing a bunch of sick, depressed and weak people, they go to kill a monster... thats the story. A lot of death, a lot of darkness, yet no ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Oct 01, 2018
    This is so entirely atmospheric! It's the kind of book that you soak in, really, because it's here to absolutely enthral you with this gorgeously wrought world and deliciously described food...all centred around 4 badass girls who do "mercy" killings for the sick and dying. And, oh, fo...
  • Moa
    Dec 10, 2017
    Why are people rating a book that's not out for another year?? Add it to your To Read list if you wanna read it, don't go skewing the ratings. ...
  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    Mar 25, 2019
    3 Stars with some extra lil gold stars Hmmm honestly I thought this could have been better. Some parts I loved but somehow it wasn't enough at all. I wanted 4 POVs. I wanted more charactarization. I wanted more action. I wanted to get spooked. I wanted more info. Just more of ever...
  • Susan Kennedy
    Sep 20, 2018
    I would give this one 4 solid stars. It was well written and I enjoyed the story. I also enjoyed the character development. I wasn't sure going in what this one would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the characters. It was different and a bit dark, which I f...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Jan 16, 2019
    DNF @ 58% I just didn't care about anything :( ...
  • Dani
    May 11, 2018
    The thing that really struck me about this book was how effortlessly the author portrayed non-sexual relationships and closeness. Characters were bonded and demonstrated their affection with physicality but it never read as sexual and I really enjoyed that! When characters did pair off...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Oct 07, 2018
    It was okay enough! Mel ??? ...
  • Ishmeen
    Jan 14, 2019
    My feelings towards this book are a bit conflicting so I?m going to go with 3.5 stars. The start hooked me because the story is so unique and I haven?t read anything like it before. And then I started to get bored because it is slow paced and I was getting impatient. I also wanted ...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Dec 09, 2018
    This was a great book! The author did a spectacular job of reeling you into their world. I was disappointed when it ended because I wasn't ready to leave the Boneless Mercies just yet. I really hope a second book is forthcoming. I'd love to see what role they'll play in the upcoming wi...
  • Ana
    Jan 21, 2019
    The world was really interesting and I was curious about how the adventure would end, but ultimately I wish I cared more about these four Viking girls. ...
  • emma
    Jan 13, 2019
    you know that feeling of when you're reading a book and things start happening and you're like "oh, i must be around a third through" and then actually the book's almost over, it was just super slow? that's what this book was like, except things never started happening. the book jus...
  • Giulia
    Oct 17, 2018
    "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." TW: gore, death Unpopular Opinion Time I guess ?? This, to put it simply, did not work for me. There was no suspen...
  • شيماء ✨
    Oct 06, 2018
    ?a dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory?? EXCUSE ME IT IS MY GOD GIVEN BISEXUAL RIGHT TO HAVE THIS BOOK RIGHT THIS SECOND ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Nov 12, 2018
    Four fierce young women work a dark trade. They are death for hire, mercy kills on call. Highly recommend this book to fans of Norse myth, The Hobbit, or winding sagas steeped in lore. Four Boneless Mercies stood at a crossroads near a hangman's tree. It was like something from a ...
  • Acqua
    Oct 23, 2018
    4.5 stars The Boneless Mercies is a genderbent Beowulf retelling and the third book I've read by April Genevieve Tucholke. I liked Wink Poppy Midnight for its weirdness and had mixed feelings on Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and this one might be my favorite one of the th...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Oct 04, 2018
    This one just wasn't for me. :( ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Jul 01, 2018
    4 stars I really enjoyed this, and it's not just because of the two gorgeous covers this book has. This is definitely one of the better fantasies I've read, and it incorporates a lot of different aspects that makes this book really really cool. Like, if I wanted street cred, I'd ...
  • Amy (libraryofamy)
    Nov 12, 2018
    I am woman, wanderer, and warrior. This is not the end of my story. The Boneless Mercies is a standalone fantasy novel that is not only a gender-swapped retelling of Beowulf, but a completely unique and beautifully written story that is one of the best new releases I've read this ...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    Jul 17, 2018
    This is a book about strong women and their friendships and ambitions and yes yes yes that?s what we need (RTC) I received a copy in exchange for an honest review This review (when it comes lol) will also available on my blog ...
  • Lia  °booksnpenguins°
    Oct 21, 2018
    Once upon a time, in the final days before Salt and Marsh Witch War, four Boneless Mercies turned their backs on the death trade, and went west, seeking immortality. This freaking book broke my heart in so many ways I don't even know where to start talking about it. Badas...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Oct 04, 2018
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus "I am a woman, wanderer, warrior. This is not the end of my story." The Boneless Mercies trade in the art of death. Killing the old, sick, and wounded, their mercy kills are hired from all over Vorseland. Frey, Ovie, ...
  • Aaminah Ackerman
    Feb 19, 2019
    This book is based on such explicit Viking mythology, I'm surprised that it's labelled as fantasy and not historical fiction. And, I don't know, I found the twisting of Viking names a bit silly. Valkree instead of Valkyrie (omg, that Oneus song ?); Obin instead of Odin, etc., etc.. ...