Author: Misty Provencher
Published by: Self-Pub
Publication Date: December 1, 2012
“My will to survive is the first thing to drown.
I know, because I hold it under myself.”
After facing severe tragedy in life, Madeline assumes her death will be easy.
But the angels do not come to take her to Heaven.
Instead, what retrieves her is something she never expected: a gargoyle.
Delivered to Truce, the King of the Gargoyles, Madeline now has choices she never wanted. She has the ability to take over the entire Gargoyle Kingdom, if she is willing to kill the king. However, looking to prevent takeover, Truce transforms Madeline, thereby granting her the ability to achieve the thing she wants most—death—if she can just find the human recipient for the Gargoyle Gift that she now has to give. It should be easy.
But lives, whether they are lived or not, are seldom simple, and Madeline’s past still stands in her way. Now, only a voyeur in the life of The Boy with the Golden Rod Voice, Madeline’s must reconcile her own life and death, if she ever hopes to have free reign of her soul.
I’ll be honest, this book is tough to write about. It’s nothing bad against the book, at all. In fact, it’s the opposite. Mercy is not a light, fluffy read. It’s dark, gritty, and I’m sure disturbing for some. Thankfully, I love all those things. But not only that, it’s also gut-wrenchingly beautiful. It’s definitely a book that makes you feel, and that’s why it’s hard for me to discuss.
I’m not usually a big fan of fantasy. So I was pretty hesitant when I read the blurb, saw it was a dark fantasy, and got the image of gargoyles in my head. Truthfully, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it at all. But Mercy was not at all what I thought it was going to be. I was happy to discover that it was set in this world as more of an urban fantasy, yet really unique.
Madeline decides to do the unthinkable, but wasn’t expecting what happened next. She is turned into a gargoyle, and must find the human that is meant to receive her gift of mercy and forgiveness before she can be granted the one thing she wants. Death. At first, it seems Madeline’s despair is just over some break-up, but as the story moves forward, we find out there’s much more to it. I don’t want to get into specifics of this story, because it feels spoiler-ish whenever I try to. I think it’s something you just need to experience for yourself.
Listen, just try it! It’s a quick read, but it packs a big punch.