I gave this book 2 ⭐️, so beware – this is a rant review.
🔅What did “The Boneless Mercies” do good?
Well, probably the main reason, why I really wanted to like this book is that it has a interesting background to the worldbuilding. It is inspired by Norse mythology and Vikings, what I like a lot. Also the world in which the concept of “Mercies”, whose job it is to kill the sick, old and desperate is and interesting setting. The heroines of this book are not assassins, and that is, at least for me, an interesting twist to other books in this genre.
Yes, this book is supposed to be atmospheric, and to some point it is. It has a grim vibe to it, which I liked a lot. But does this “atmosphere” make up for the lack of plot? In my opinion it doesn’t at all. Mostly because it didn’t seem really atmospheric to me, but more boring and really slow-paced. And in the wrong times, it picks up speed and is unnecessary fast forward.
This is one of the main reasons, I really was disappointed so much. There is just a complete lack of innovation and suspense. To me it was a poor attempt on the quest journeys I know from “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” for example. There are just too many similarities to me, to let it pass unnoticed.
I never mind, if authors use existing mythologies, sagas or folklore to spice up their fantasy novels. I don’t mind it even when they use it directly without even changing names. But what I do mind is, when I as a reader see, what the author copied and it is so poorly changed.
And unfortunately this is a big issue with “The Boneless Mercies” and a big turn-down for me.
To bring you an example: The book takes place in a country called Vorseland. It is cold there (winter is approaching), a lot of small villages with wooden houses. Also they always claim, that something is Vorse, if it is heroic (in a Viking kind of way) or if it is a cosy home.
Well… You don’t have to be a gifted analyser to see, that Vorse = Norse. Just add a line to the V and you have it…
📖You can read an even more detailed review and more examples for the naming inspirations on goodreads. Find me as MissBlue.Books there 💙