The Power of Mercy (The Superheroine Collection) by Fiona Zedde

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Book in The Superheroines Collection

Author: Fiona Zedde

Description

To her family, Mai Redstone is weak. Her shape-shifting power is nowhere near as impressive as their abilities to literally alter the world around them. But when she puts on the costume to become Mercy, a rooftop-climbing chameleon with a thousand disguises and at least nine lives, she feels almost invincible. When a local politician is murdered and the police call Mercy in to help, the stability Mai has built out of past pain threatens to crumble. The dead politician turns out to be her uncle, a man who made her childhood a living hell. Caught between giving a medal to the killer and being forced to find the murderer for her family, Mai must make the difficult choice between family loyalty and self-preservation.

Mercy is a blade that can cut both ways.

Additional information

Publication Date

August 2017

Formats

epub, mobi, and pdf

Length

37,000 words

Language

English

ISBNs

978-3-95533-855-8 (mobi), 978-3-95533-856-5 (epub), 978-3-95533-857-2 (pdf)

Publisher

Ylva Publishing

2 reviews for The Power of Mercy (The Superheroine Collection) by Fiona Zedde

  1. Jane Shambler
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    The only down side to this book was that it was short. Too short. I have never read this author before but if she writes more of this I am so there. This book is part of the superheroine series with Shattered being the first.

    The main character Mai Redstone. She is the daughter of the most powerful meta in the world. Her mother is kind of mean. A nasty women who feels humans are beneath her. Her mother’s brother Stephen and nephew Ethan are real nasty pieces of work. Although Mai is a meta she hasn’t got any real power. Her mother despises her for this.

    Mai is a chameleon, and uses her speed that is part of all meta’s to help save humans. The name the humans have given her is Mercy. So, yeah, she’s a superhero. Mai is also a member of the Meta Enforcers. Kind of like a scary police force. The humans have called a serial killer Absolution because all his victims are found with a note in their mouths saying I CONFESS!. Anyway I’m starting to tell you too much.

    They find the killer and Mai finds her power. The rest you’ll have to read for yourself. Yes it is kind of dark. You actively start cheering Mai on. Mai was abused by the people who should love her. Makes her very nervous.

    I gave it 5 stars because the author caught my attention from the first sentence. She kept me interested right to the end. I am kind of hoping that the author has plans to continue Mai’s journey. After all she is next in line as the leader of the Meta’s. Enjoy!

    *ARC provided by publisher via Ylva Publishing*

  2. rebeccakbarrus2
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    *Note: I was provided with a free copy of the book by Ylva Publishing in exchange for a fair review

    Although superhero novels are not my usual cup of tea, The Power of Mercy is much more than that. It is one part murder mystery, one part superhero drama, one part magical realism, and all parts engaging.

    The setting that Zedde created—people of color with supernatural powers living in the gorgeous city of Atlanta—was one of my favorite elements. She introduced the world by degrees rather than dumping information on the reader in the first ten pages, which was good. It shows trust in the readers that they’re smart enough to put all the pieces together and patient enough to wait for certain details to be explained. Enough was explained that I felt like the world continued beyond what I’d been told, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it.

    The characters are compelling as well. Mai, the main character, is complex and pained without being unlikeable. Although the novel is short, she grows perceptibly by the end of the story. There are clear villains, but the heroes aren’t as clear-cut as they might be in other stories.

    Just a warning: there are some potentially triggering elements in the story, such as rape mentions and allusions to Mai being sexually abused as a child. There are no explicit descriptions of it happening.

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