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Clandestine (Mercy Series Book 2) by [Cynthia A. Morgan]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 15 ratings
Book 2 of 2: Mercy Series

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5-Star Review by K.C Finn, Readers FavoriteClandestine is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Cynthia A. Morgan. Written for adult audiences due to some instances of explicit language usage, moderate violence, and sexual scenes, this novel forms the second book in the Mercy Series. Set in the distant future of the twenty-fifth century, the book focuses on Tzadkiel, the Archangel of Mercy, and Lourdes, the last merciful person amongst humankind. As the pair escape, they are still relentlessly hunted by a villain who would claim Lourdes as his own. What results is a high octane fantasy chase with plenty of action and a blossoming romance.

Author Cynthia A. Morgan has crafted a beautifully atmospheric fantasy piece that delivers on all fronts of storytelling. Readers seeking strong characters with realistically developed emotions will enjoy the central pair, who are put to the test in many exciting ways as the novel unfolds. For those who admire the worldbuilding elements of fantasy fiction, Morgan delivers a lavish world with beautiful word choices that highlight the supernatural characters and the very hellish villains that populate this dangerous future world. And for readers seeking a solid plotline, the work moves extremely well through peaks and troughs of action and emotional resonance, giving a fully rounded journey that they can accompany the heroes on and feel satisfied with for the second novel's conclusion. Overall, I would recommend Clandestine to fans of the existing series, but also to readers looking to dive into an action-packed fantasy work that has it all.*5-Star Review by Book Reviewer Aimee Ann Clandestine is quite simply one of the most exciting, incredible,fantasy sequels I have ever had the pleasure of reading! ...The plot ofthis novel is incredibly unique and it reads like a movie, and you canimagine the details in perfect glory. Never before have I read a bookthat has a ton of action as well as intellectual depth. In other words, this book has brains behind it; it is not a senseless, quick, fantasyread!....Morgan's writing keeps the reader on the edge of their seat;her suspense-filled book reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's movies...ifyou are looking for a fantasy action-adventure that is unlike anythingyou have read... a read that will keep you entertained for hours on end as well as enthrall you then this incredible book is for you!
Clandestine five stars from me! -June 5, 2020 by Aimee Ann *5-Star Review - Michael Parks, Music & Media Commentator: Wow!!! What fantastic work this book turned out to be.  For me it is difficult to follow 'timehop' story lines. I've always been that way. However, the story had a sort of rhythm to it once I learned about the characters and how their perspective shaped the story it made the reading easier, even with some of the back-filling.  The characters were far from one-dimensional. In fact, I think each character introduction was well done to immediately spark intrigue. As the story goes on some of the things I found confusing came to focus, for example the Place of Mercy, and why it was called such (Thanks Pestilence!).  Although there were some dark scenes I didn't think it had too much violence. I think it was an accurate portrayal of the scene(s) the moment was in. For example when Lourdes was being tortured, and Tzadkiel being tested in those moments, it needed to be graphic, powerful, like a movie playing in my mind. To nullify those moments would not have had the same emotional reaction from the reader (me).I really liked Tzadkiel.  I felt he was well portrayed from the time he was asked to relinquish his sword (when he was introduced), I thought the author may do super-human strength adaptations, but she kept it true to the human element which I thought was tastefully done. Humans aren't perfect, and  I think the author's play on his emotions did his character justice.This is by far my favorite book by this author. No contest.  I also thought that Tzadkiel's"biggest test" towards the end of the book, when it is mentioned about him wanting to call on demons or demonic powers, was very intriguing.  It was a surprising twist to think of him wanting to exact revenge in that moment. Diving into the darker side of Tzadkiel in that moment,was really cool! How this Angel could call upon hell's fire (so to speak) and fight back in that moment. Giving into that temptation side of his human form. How the Angel in him and the human side were at war for a moment. It was a really neat angle to work.All in all an absolutely incredible journey!*5-Star Review:  Jen Werni, Consulting:Wow! The author's explanation of how the world got to this timeline was very convincing. I literally read the section about solar flares knocking out power grids leading to the chaos and fall of governments, leading to control by authoritarian dictatorships and violent gangs; then woke up to a New York Times news alert on my phone about another country's election where the long time democratic leadership lost to the far right-wing candidate. It gave me a shiver.
I liked having the different perspectives of the various characters. I didn't mind the jumps in the timeline. I could see that each jump was building to a merging of the story lines.  While I have never been a huge fan of violent/scary/tense shows, I can tolerate more of this while reading. That said, the authors portrayals did not seem excessive to me, although reading the last torture scene with Phillipe/demon actually made me feel woozy (knives/gore usually do). The scene was important in making the case about his change in behavior. I wouldn't have understood that as clearly otherwise.
I also felt that the rape scenes were well done. I liked that the author highlighted the degradation and control of the victim instead of the physical interactions. Making it as much, or more,about the emotional side fits and adds to the character's interactions and decisions later
Overall, I thought this was a powerful story with a great deal of potential to move forward.  I'm excited to read the next installment of the series.

From the Author

How do you feel your writing style differs from your previous work? What considerations should readers have while reading?  
While Dark Fey was very much a Young Adult Fantasy, The Mercy Series has taken a slightly darker turn, landing somewhere between a PG-13 and an R-rating.  I veered away from the poetic writing style I used in Dark Fey, making this series more conversational in its tone with darker, moderately graphic content.   It tells the story of a harsh new reality that exists on Earth with characters that are equally harsh.  
 
What inspired you to go in this direction as an author?
I began this tale with the intent of writing a multi-dimensional story.  I hoped to share the story through the perspectives of several characters, rather than just one, and to provide the backstory not so much through expository prefaces or chapters, but as the plot progressed.  I sought to challenge myself to create something dark that could still be tender and emotive, with which readers could connect on many levels.
 
Does this book have a hidden message? 
It isn't really all that well hidden.The story speaks about the courage to be kind in the face of cruelty.  To be compassionate without motive.  To show thankfulness through kindness and appreciate blessings through generosity.

Product details

  • ASIN : B087ZLCL1S
  • Publisher : Shadow City - A Next Chapter Imprint; 1st edition (May 26, 2020)
  • Publication date : May 26, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2081 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 562 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : B088BFZT6X
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Clandestine
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2020
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DJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again Morgan delivers a rollicking good read!
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