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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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #263,738 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's difficult to explain, because the book isn't bad at all, but it does feel in a lot of ways like it was written by a different author entirely, with both the tone and style seemingly changing out of the blue. Again, there's plenty of action to be had and it will appeal to a lot of people who enjoy dark fantasy, but it was in a lot of ways, jarring.
Recommended if you read this book directly after the first.
The author makes you feel and care about the characters, which keeps the pages turning!
This was a great book with action throughout and makes me not wait to see what’s next in the next book! Very much recommended 5/5 stars!
ABSOLUTELY FREAKING FANTASTIC. BREATHTAKING.
Did you like how I used different adjectives this time around? Heh. Cynthia’s world building continues to blow my mind every time I pick up one of her books. The fantastical, science-fiction environment that somehow blends both reality as it could be in the future and the supernatural world of angels and demons is perfect.
Good grief, the romantic tension. That’s another reason that I had to stop so frequently. I’ll preface by saying this: I am a very expressive reader. If you watch me read, you’ll know exactly how I feel. So, this book is ROMANTIC. I put it in all caps and bold so you’ll know how important this is to me. Because it’s not the type of romance that’ll make you fan yourself and hide your phone screen. No, no, no. This is like squealing out loud in my car and beating the steering wheel while you blush like a little school girl (I did all of these things). This is the best, innocent style of romance. I was melting in my seat, you guys.
Once again, I’m gonna have to give his book a heaping 12/10. It’s honestly better than the first, and I cannot wait to read books 3 and 4 when they are released. I’d read Cynthia’s grocery list, at this point, if she’d let me.
I really enjoying getting to know Tzadkiel and Lourdes more intimately and I love the evolution between them. In his brief moments Chevalier really caught my eye. I hope we see much more him in the last two parts, much much more. ;) Oh and Sauvage is savage. He is a perfect villain in his evil nature. I appreciate how bravely he was drawn, not shying away from what make evil so, well.. evil.
This is one of my favorite dystopian worlds. I love the characters. I can't wait to read the next part.
Wow, lots of fascinating characters. Some I loved, Tzadkiel and Lourdes, particularly. Others I despised, I'm sure you can figure out which ones. All of them are well written, and remarkably well written. There are lots of unexpected, and surprising twists that kept me glued to the pages. I think this is a must read, fantastic book.
Top reviews from other countries
The books are set in a terrifying future. The first three horsemen of the apocalypse have ridden, and Death is waiting in the wings. With scarce resources civilisation has broken down, with a chasm between the few lucky ones and the vast majority who live in poverty and servitude. Humanity has been given a small sliver of hope by Tzadkiel but those in power fear and torture him.
Clandestine starts where Misericorde finished. Tzadkiel and Lourdes with the help of Levesque have escaped on horseback.
As with the first book the author has created an imaginative future landscape with close attention to detail and perfect logic. I enjoyed the growing relationship between Tzadkiel and Lourdes as they flee to safety. Although they are the central characters I appreciated learning how Levesque was faring back at the castle after facilitating their escape. Sauvage becomes the true villain in this instalment. I was intrigued bt the character, Chevalier and I hope to see more of him later in the series.
The story is fast-paced as Sauvage closes in on the escapees. Characterisation is good as individuals are pushed to their limits and decide how to react. The author slips between action scenes, tender moments and violence with ease, always taking the reader with her.
An enjoyable read with relevant underlying themes.
As stated above, this is book two, and to fully appreciate the story it helps if you have read book one first. That said, this story works well as a standalone.
In Clandestine, the scope is broad and the themes are epic. The canvas is a large one and the author sweeps across it, her narrative engaging the reader’s emotions.
Throughout the book, the author challenges her characters and the way they respond to those challenges will keep you turning the pages.
In many ways, this story is timeless, and that places it amongst the best in its genre.