Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Book Review: Mercy by Eleri Stone


Title: Mercy
Author: Eleri Stone
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 6 September 2010
Source: eARC received from NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Carina Press, Amazon

Grade: 3.5 stars

Novellus bonus!

Goodreads appetizer: To the Yaguara, an ancient jaguar shape-shifting people living deep in the Amazon jungle, nothing matters more than strength. Iada is their champion; genetically pure, she has been trained since birth to fight. Her destiny is to become the next Queen of the Yaguara by winning the tournament of succession-a battle to the death.

Her opponent is Gabriel, a half-blooded outcast whose mother was human. To everyone's shock, he defeats Iada but does not strike the death blow-instead, he extends mercy, thereby claiming her as his mate.

Despite their enmity, the attraction between them is powerful, and soon they are mates in more than name only. Their mutual distrust serves only to fuel their passion-two champions bested only by their overpowering desire for each other.

But Gabriel has an agenda that threatens the most basic tenets of Yaguara society-and that will force Iada to choose between her people or her King.

My Thoughts: I picked up Mercy (besides its gorgeous and alluring cover) because the premise sounded interesting, and true to that promise, it was a good story with complex, layered characters. Both the main characters (Iada and Gabriel) as well as some supporting characters were interesting and 3D characters, showing great potential and depth, that unfortunately was not exploited as well as it could have been due to length limitations.

Maybe I'm s bit critical with Mercy, but only because after the first few paragraphs I expected the best of Eleri Stone's story. Her writing style did not disappoint, she proves that she is a great new author, whose writing style is fantastic: descriptive yet enthralling, the story had a few "holes" in it but I think most of them would be resolved by the opportunity of more length.

Eleri Stone shows great promise as her writing is fluent and entrancing. However, due to the shortness or rather length limitations of a novella, unfortunately neither the story nor the characters are developed in enough depth, but I have every confidence that with more length, Eleri Stone will iron out the smaller perplexing/confusing details and she will prove she is an author to watch.  

I only give Mercy 3.5 stars because I see the potential that it could have been were it a regular length novel, so that Eleri Stone could have dwelt more on her story and characters and given them more substance.

Plot: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Ending: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Cover: 9/10

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