By Misty Provencher
Publication Date: December 8, 2012
Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy
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.
Opening and closing my mouth like a dying fish is pretty much the look I’m pulling off as I’m thinking about what to say about Mercy right now. It was really good – good enough that I’m not above begging Provencher for a sequel or a second book in the same world – but I don’t exactly know what this was. Parts of it were seriously gruesome and dark but it was introspective and had an uplifting moment or two as well. It was just…wow.