I got hold of this one on the recommendation of Lola at Lola’s Reviews – and I’m very glad I did.
Killers. Thieves. Pirates. Family. Mercy Kincaid is a fugitive from her own family. Her dangerous telepathic gifts make her a target. So is anyone she gets close to. When her best friend is captured and tortured, Mercy’s only hope is to reunite with the family that tried to murder her as a child. She trusts few among her blood relatives, but finds herself intrigued by an enigmatic and dangerous killer.
Reaper has spent a lifetime watching his people die. He’s vowed to kill anyone who jeopardizes their survival. Mercy’s gifts are the biggest threat they’ve faced in eleven years, since a biological weapon nearly annihilated the pirate colonies. But Reaper realizes her talents can either destroy them, or save them. He must decide if he’s fallen victim to her power, or if he can truly trust the beautiful woman and her compelling abilities. If he makes the wrong choice, everyone dies.
This one starts with a wallop. I love the fact that we are quickly on Mercy’s side as we watch her struggling against a thoroughly unpleasant antagonist. She is brave, twitchy and ultra-suspicious – and quite right too. She has spent her life on the run from her own family and when she finally is confronted by the whole clan, it’s small wonder that she’s overwhelmed.
I liked the fact that despite what Mercy is and represents, she doesn’t turn into a Mary Sue, where all goes before her. That there is damage and mayhem on the way. I also like the fact that we learn the bloodsoaked history of Mercy’s family and why she was being hunted from the time she was a tiny child throughout the book, instead of a large info-dump.
Reaper is the other main character and again, his personality is skilfully handled as his prime instincts to seek out the weakness in everyone he meets – just in case he has to kill them – is convincingly portrayed.
The story moves along at a fair clip towards a chilling climax. I really liked the denouement and am delighted that Himself has got the next book in the series – I’ll definitely be reading it!
Recommended for fans of character-led space opera adventure, with a side order of romance.
Definitely a book I’ll have to check out. I love the eye popping cover – purple is my favorite😊 Thanks for sharing!
You’re very welcome, Tammy:). It’s a cracking read.
Oh wow, this sounds so intense! I can already tell Mercy is a character I would love. I hadn’t heard of this book before so thanks for putting it on my radar!
Oh yes, Mercy is a great character – I love her. I have the other two book in the series waiting to read and I’m really looking forward to getting around to them.
Oh you had me at pirates. This looks like a fun start to the series I have a feeling I will like Mercy. Great review my friend!
You’re very welcome, Kimberly:). I’m looking forward to tucking into the second book very soon!
Yay! I’m so glad you liked this one! This is one of my favorite series right now, and the author is so skilled at world building. You’ll love the second book too. ❤
Thank you, SJ – yes, I’m really enjoying this one:). And I have the second book already, so it’s just a question to getting around to it:)
Purple cover plus telepathic pirates = me interested.
It’s a great space opera adventure:)
Telepathic space pirates. Not this sounds fun! Love the cover too!
It is great fun, Laura – and that cover is brilliant, isn’t it?
This sounds fun! I like Mercy already.
Oh, she’s very likeable, Wendy:))
The cover alone makes me want to pick it up immediately! And pirate stories are something I need more of in my life. I’ll definitely keep this one in mind!
I haven’t yet read the second and third books, but they are waiting on my TBR pile – I’m looking forward to getting to them.
I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this one :). I am currently reading book 2. I agree that Mercy and Reaper are great characters, I liked their romance too and I also like how the side characters come alive. And indeed it’s nice how you get to know more throughout the book instead of everything in one info dump. It’s fun seeing Mercy find her place.
Yes – she’s a skillful writer weaving a really enjoyable story. Thank you for the recommendation!
“Space adventure with a side of romance”? Sounds like a very pleasant, entertaining read. Thank you for the recommendation!