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Jane Shambler – :
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*
rebeccakbarrus2 – :
*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.
Betty Harmon – :
I missed reading The Power of Mercy (The Superheroine Collection #2) by Fiona Zedde when it was published in 2017, but when I heard that a sequel to this novella was coming out in April of this year, I decided to read it first. I am very glad I did because I really enjoyed this story.
The tale revolves around Mai Redstone, who is a meta-human (human with super powers) from a powerful meta family. Mai’s problem is she has minor powers in a family of very powerful people. Her family views her as weak, and this causes Mai to have a fear of her family. Regular humans see Mai in a different way. To humans, Mai is Mercy, a superheroine who helps them when disaster strikes. When her uncle, a very powerful meta who made Mai’s childhood a horrible nightmare ends up murdered, the police ask Mercy for help. Now Mercy/Mai must decide between family and her own life.
This is not one of your bright and cheerful superhero stories. It is rather dark and deals with some disturbing subjects. There is violence and mention of abuse. There is also a hint of a love interest, though I think that may be covered more in the sequel.
This is a well-developed story, especially for it being a novella. The plot is complex and intriguing. The characters are well-developed and even with super powers, they are believable. There is definitely chemistry with the possible love interest, and the sex (yes there is sex) is quite hot.
I’m very glad I read The Power of Mercy, and I look forward to the sequel.
I received this book as an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.
Word Saviour (verified owner) – :
We all know the power of words, the pictures they can paint on the canvas of your mind, the emotions they can mine out of the depth of your soul, but Fiona Zedde has the power to do something more, her well-composed sentences will touch 𝙖𝙡𝙡 of your senses. She can describe the sound of a woman walking in oh so many ways, that you will hear it and feel it like you’re walking right beside her.
This is the story of a victim who becomes a heroine as well as of a heroine in need of a saviour.
And never was power so movingly beautiful.