If you are looking for a female empowerment book, look no further than The Boneless Mercies. This book is both beautiful and badass.
A dark and gorgeously drawn standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Won in a major six-house auction!
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.
Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.
I’m just going to let you know now that this review is going to be short and sweet because I refuse to say any spoilers! But the moral of the story is you really need to read this book.
Okay, to the review.
You know those books that have you wishing you were some awesome hero on your own epic journey but instead you’re just…boring? This is that book. These four women are fierce, strong, empowering, and unapologetically themselves.
This book is a historical fantasy packed with action set against a backdrop of mythology and magic. Sounds pretty wonderful, amirite?
Frey and her band of Mercies have decided to quit the death trade and search for something bigger and better. I absolutely love that these women want glory and aren’t afraid to go for it. Though reality and this book are wildly different, I think that is a lesson we can all take to heart. We all deserve our time in the spotlight and our heroic story to be known, so make it happen!
The only downside to the book for me was the lack of connection I felt with Frey, our main character and narrator. I really admire her and her actions, but I felt like I didn’t know a lot about her. That definitely added to the mysteriousness of the book, but I really hoped for more of a connection.
Overall, though, I really loved the book. The plot, the characters, and the intricate and fantastical setting made the book really good. Add this to your TBR list and get your hands on a copy as soon as you can! After that, send me a message on GR or IG or leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!