‘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 …’
I listened to the audio book for this and was fairly impressed by the narrator even though at some points I really had to pay 100% attention to keep up with what was happening in the story. It felt like if I broke concentration for a few seconds, the whole crew were some place else and I found myself lost a few times. I enjoyed finding out more about the characters back stories and really liked Juniper’s story and we actually get to meet her people during the book. Some parts were quite graphic, obviously as there are a lot of deaths, some involving children. Most of the story felt quite slow and indecisive and then more action packed towards the end and the final battle.
There is also a male only clan called The Quicks that we get to learn about and meet that was quite interesting. I liked how each of the main female mercy characters were all so unique and different and they addressed each situation and dilemma differently. It is a stand alone fantasy book but may have benefitted from being a more in depth series as I felt there could have been a lot more done with this world and the characters. Perhaps I would have been more engaged and enjoyed this book more if I had read it physically but for an audio book it was still very entertaining.