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The Boneless Mercies

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,559 ratings  ·  522 reviews
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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Nina Levine There is some romance in the story but it is not the main event by any means. As to the comparison with Six of Crows, I didn't find it particularly…moreThere is some romance in the story but it is not the main event by any means. As to the comparison with Six of Crows, I didn't find it particularly similar. Both are adventure/survival stories, each with an ensemble cast but beyond that... not so much.(less)

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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
C.G. Drews
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, for vengeance sometimes too because men suck. And OH yeah also some witches and some monsters. \_(ツ)_/ Basically they are badass assassins who are also actually kind of sweet.

(Also I've only read Wink Poppy Midnight
Hannah Greendale
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 Vorse saga.

In their hands they held four weapons, freshly ripped from the grave.

I smiled.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
It was okay enough!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Four female mercenaries kicking butt and slaying monsters? I am in!
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Jan 13, 2019 is currently reading it
me: i've never read beowulf

this book: i'm a dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory

me, suddenly: beowulf?? i love it. me, and the epic story beowulf? get along like peanut butter and jelly. best pals. big fan. love the Old English Epic of Beowulf
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as dnf-paused
Shelves: from-publisher
This one just wasn't for me. :(
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 three.

The Boneless Mercies is, at its heart, a story about friendships. Mostly about friendships between women, but there are some relevant m/f ones too - the only thing that this book lacks is a romance, and I really di
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, and enough money to leave their old lives behind.

But more than that it's about the world Tucholke creates, which sings with glimpses of mythology and history and plant lore and dead kings and lost goddesses and lo
Susan Kennedy
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 found pleasurable. This was a story full of adventure and with girls as the main characters. They were brave and strong and together they were a family even though they were as different as night and day.

I enjoyed gett
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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.


I was interested enough to keep reading but at times I could feel my eyes glazing over and there were times I would look at the book and think Do I really want to pick this up .

I did get bored and push myself through some of this... skim read some of it *shru
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So Soooo good!! Full review soon!
A.G. Howard
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 another without any sort of definition; there is a fair amount of fast-forwarding in key scenes, and a little too much telling without showing.

The world-building isn’t bad, but with the narration being so incredibly humdrum,
Dec 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
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.
Vicky Who Reads
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, wishlist
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 say I read this book.

The premise is just so awesome. A genderbent Beowulf? Like hello there please come and let me read you. It's about a group of female assassins who do the work that men aren't willing to do (truth) and
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ampersand, arc, ya, lgbtq
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 romantically, it was clearly a different kind of affection, but it didn't diminish the power of their friendships.

They called this book a gender-switched Beowulf, but I think that sells the story a little short. S
Amy (libraryofamy)
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 year. I've seen little to no conversation about this book, which leads me to believe it is severely underrated and y'all are missing out by not picking this up.

I adored The Boneless Mercies. It's beautifully written, p
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
This is a book about strong women and their friendships and ambitions and yes yes yes that’s what we need


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

This review (when it comes lol) will also available on my blog
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-dirty
"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 suspense whatsoever and everything got boring pretty quickly.
The Boneless Mercies dragged and nothing exciting happened, tbh. The plot was just bland, which is really bizarre. This book is filled with death and gore and blood and murder, an
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 it to be a bit more darker but oh well🌚 I am glad that shit eventually went down in the second half and I was hooked again and it even managed to rip my heart out in a couple of places so here we are! The female empowe ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
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 witch wars.

*I won this ARC from Goodreads FirstReads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

*Read this for 2018 AMMP Trim A Tree
*Read this for 2018 AMMP Gifts for the Wild
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 + Norse) setting of snow and blood and the absolute bond of those who had to find their family.

Frey and her band of Mercies are a travelling group, dispensing mercy killings to those able to pay for the release. It'
The Nerd Daily
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, Juniper, and Runa are the Mercy Killers. They each have their own troublesome tale of how they joined a trade that included killing the innocent and suffering. However, our protagonist Frey wishes for more, a bigger, more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review to come
Hannah L (Reviewer)
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 suspense. This is a first. As she and her team pursue a way out of killing the weak and suicidal (which is debatably a horrible thing to do, but the morality of this is never addressed, which could have been very dee
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Short is the main word stuck in my head upon finishing this. Short and rushed.
This was cool, but not like, mindblowing. Fun and enjoyable, although nothing remarkable. It contained some cool ideas, writing and setting, but sadly there wasn't so much of them.

“I felt her heart against mine, and it sang the same sad song.”

It had a really charming atmosphere; dark and enchanting. I loved how warm everyone was to one another, how close the friendships were. And I mean what’s not to lik
Lia  (a paper pigeon)
Oct 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
ymm, excuse did I not know about this book????
⚔ Silvia ⚓
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: own-audiobook
DNF @ 58%

I just didn't care about anything :(
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April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Between the Spark and the Burn, and Wink Poppy Midnight. She also curated the horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She has received five starred reviews and her novels have been chosen for the Junior Library Guild, Kids' Indie Next picks, and YALSA Teens Top Ten. When she's not writing, April likes wal ...more
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