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The Boneless Mercies

The Boneless Mercies

Book - 2018 | First edition
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"Four female mercenaries known as Boneless Mercies, weary of roaming Vorseland, ignored and forgotten until they are needed for mercy killings, decide to seek glory by going after a legendary monster in this reimagining of Beowulf."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780374307066
Call Number: y TUCHOLKE 2018
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 26, 2021

I really enjoyed The Boneless Mercies. It’s often described as a retelling of Beowulf, but with a cast of compelling and strong female characters. The reader follows a group of hired mercenaries, who take on a large quest. I won’t tell you any more, because I went into it not knowing much and I think it made the book even better! Fans of fantasy as a genre should check this book out- the worldbuilding is pretty great, and you’ll for sure find yourself attached to the ragtag group of main characters. It’s hard not to root for them in the end!

CCPL_Teens Sep 23, 2020

An all-female cast of strong warriors in a supportive sisterhood lead this retelling of Beowulf. Set in a heavily Norse-inspired world, readers will follow these young women on their quest to earn glory and take down an unstoppable monster. This is a book you won't be able to put down.

Mar 12, 2019

This was a lot.... slower and boring than I thought. They decide to kill the monster on page 40, they get there page 300. The book is only 340 pages. The pacing felt.... weird.

That said, I liked that there was no romance and the writing was really pretty.

Dec 05, 2018

How far would you go for glory? Four girls, outcasts in a lush fantasy world, vow to kill the terrible Blue Vee beast or die in the attempt. Read this winter tale in front of a roaring fire! --Lizzie B

DPLSaraQT Nov 26, 2018

Inspired by Beowulf but with female warriors. The author populates her Norse-influenced world with so many strange and fascinating groups, it makes me wish this could be a series. You want strong women? This book has 'em all. Definitely violent, but highly recommended.

Nov 02, 2018

I adored everything about this amazing book: grim beauty, hardcore girls, tragic monsters, sea witches...there really wasn't a dull moment for me in Boneless Mercies. I picked this book up based solely on its gorgeous cover, so it took me until about page 50 to realize that it's a feminist retelling of Beowulf, set in a rich world that's half fantasy, half reimagined history.

If you're looking for something dark but full of heart to get you through the long winter, I can't recommend Boneless Mercies highly enough!

OPL_BreanneS Sep 13, 2018

This book is definitely not for the squeamish! Between the mercy-killings, the battles, and the creepy pig-intestine-divination scene, you'll find that almost every page of this story is blood-soaked. But if you can stomach the gore, you're in for an absolute treat. Tucholke's world-building is superb - I absolutely loved the plant lore and alternate Norse mythology that the author has created for Vorseland, and I longed to stay immersed in Vorse culture long after I'd finished the story. Highly recommended for fans of female-focused dark fantasy.


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