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Posted February 10, 2013
I want to start by saying that I absolutely adore Misty Provench
I want to start by saying that I absolutely adore Misty Provencher's writing. She is a truly gifted author whose words keep me in awe. That holds true for Mercy, A Gargoyle Story, though this one was a bit of a challenge for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I almost feel as if Mercy was two separate stories, and in a way it was. The book begins with the suicide of the main character, Madeline. This opening was extremely gripping, and difficult to read, which I think is a testament to Provencher's writing. The despair, the agony of death, and the helplessness that followed was well done.
But then, the Gargoyle aspect comes into play, and I never truly got on board with that aspect. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but I wanted to give this book a try. And I'm still glad I read it, the story was unique and I am positive that many fans of fantasy will love that.
So Madeline becomes a Gargoyle, and has the option of becoming the Queen. Like I said, I had a hard time following that storyline. Along the way, though, Madeline gets to see what happened to the boy who broke her heart, and her best friend. This part of the story broke my heart and was what kept me invested in Mercy. It was heartbreaking.
I feel as if my review is all over the place. I know it is. There are parts of Mercy that I completely loved and others that just didn't work for me. Either way, it's a gorgeously written book and there is no denying Provencher's talent.
I remember the boy's voice, like a Swiss Army Knife, useful, quick, and serrated. It was used for hunting, for trapping, for feeding me. He could slide his whisper right along my skin and separate me from my clothing with three clean words. ~13%