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Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy Book 1) by [Yardley, Mercedes M.]
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"Mercedes writes with a fluidity and accessibility that instantly draws you in. The characters are by no stretch heroes, and this makes them all the more compelling to the reader. The story plays out like a gleefully twisted dear diary, and moves along at a pace which makes turning the pages almost effortless. There's an intimacy to this book that makes you feel like you're being spoken to individually, and a turn of phrase which is simultaneously dramatic, witty and poetic in equal measure." - James Walley "Praise for her earlier work compared to favourably to Joe Hill and, with Nameless, she proves again why this is. Mercedes has a strong, unique voice that brings her brand of dark fiction straight into the reader's mind. She has an effortless, dynamic turn of phrase which feels natural at all times." - Jay Faulkner "This is a book that doesn't shy away from the dark and disturbing choices that we, as humans, make. Life is precious, and yet sometimes we seem to accept our own mortality far too easily. Suicide is not an easy subject to write about, but the author writes about it with sensitivity as it's a pivotal moment for so much that happens in this story." - LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta "Fans of Mercedes M. Yardley's work will have no trouble gobbling up her first novel-length work, and it is definitely good news that there will be two more books forthcoming in the series. Although it's an urban fantasy novel, it involves demon hunting, and there's plenty of action and fight scenes to go around, the novel is inflected with Mercedes's unique voice, which shines through in each of her works, and sets this one apart from the pack." - Reviewed by Hellnote's Dark Eva

About the Author

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. Nameless: The Darkness Comes, book one of The Bone Angel Trilogy, is her second work for Ragnarok Publications, the first being the 2013 Stabby Award-winning, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.

Mercedes has been published in several diverse anthologies and magazines, ranging from John Skipp’s horror anthologies, the I Will Survive book with Gloria Gaynor, and Neverland’s Library by Neverland Books.

She has also worked as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine and currently lives in Sin City. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in 2012.

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  • File Size: 1222 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991360516
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  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (December 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01920V548
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I won't recap the plot because you owe it to yourself to discover it on your own. All you need to know going into this is that the story walks a fine line between light and shadow, heartache and triumph. Are there demons? Oh yes. Some of them are amusing; others are terrifying--and caught in the middle is Luna Masterson, the smartass, hard-edged, and entirely likeable protagonist.

What I enjoyed most about novel is its pacing and the author's style. The book is plotted well enough that you'll find difficulty in putting it down. Seriously. I finished the latter 50% of this book in a single sitting.

Although Yardley's style has been described as "whimsical," I personally think "disarming" is a better way to describe it. The prose is light, quick, snappy--and catches you off guard when the darkness seeps up from the cracks, bringing with it all sorts of nasty, vile things filled with hate and malice. Yardley utilizes this to great effect, structuring the plot around a series of escalating events that put Luna through the motions until you're left wondering if she can hold it together.

Can she?

I'm not telling--but what I will tell you is that Mercedes Yardley's debut novel does not disappoint. Why not step into the shadows and find out for yourself?
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With her debut novel, Mercedes Yardley proves she can sustain a longer narrative. Her "Beautiful Sorrows" is a favorite, but short stories and novels are so different that just because someone can do one, doesn't mean that they can do the other. Well, Mercedes can do both. The story of humans vs. demons is as old as religion and while enjoyable, for me the enjoyment comes more from how the narrator Luna describes the events of the story. She's sarcastic and I love her and in the depths of horrific events, she comes up with a turn of phrase or a way of describing events that you want to crack up. Then the next paragraph you're getting ready to cry, because unlike a lot of horror writer's Yardley's characters are more than meat puppets waiting to be snuffed for entertainment purposes. The ending is an example of how Mrs. Yardley can make you dread what's coming, break your heart, and make you love it!
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First of all - though this might not sound like a endorsement, because I know some folks haven't dug Koontz's recent work as much - if you enjoy humor and wit in your dark fantasy/horror/supernatural thrillers, especially the easy wit in some of Koontz's sharper works, and if you enjoy Odd Thomas, this is the book for you. Luna is witty, tough, proudly dysfunctional in a gleeful sort of way, yet honestly broken, too. And though she's got a lot of Buffy Somers in her - she's not the "Chosen One" with super powers or super strength or resiliency. She knows the demonic because it's haunted her since childhood. She can see demons, she can fight them, but the only thing she's got up on regular human beings is her knowledge and association with demons, and that's it.

The story's pacing is smooth, with easily-consumed, concise chapters, and the story moves right along. Yardley is very confident in telling this story, and making this world seem real. Also, we get the sense that the supernatural world we're exposed to here is merely a fraction of what's to come, so if you like supernatural mythos/mash-ups like The Dresden Files or Supernatural, this might be a good fit for you, also.

Pick this up today, and join Luna on The Demon Patrol. You won't regret it.
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Mercedes M. Yardley's Nameless: The Darkness Comes was a nice surprise for me. I'm not a big fan of modern urban fantasy books (I admit that I tend to avoid reading them), because most of them are more or less boring and their authors recycle the same plots over and over again. This book, however, caught my attention, and I found it enjoyable, because it was something a bit different.

One of the reasons why I like this book is that it manages to be both whimsical/funny and dramatic (and also macabre) at the same time. There's a nice balance between the dramatic scenes, funny moments and macabre happenings. This is something that is rarely found in urban fantasy books.

Mercedes M. Yardley shows her readers the gritty and darker side of urban fantasy in this book. She combines dark happenings and grittiness in an intriguing way.

Here's a bit of information about the story:

The story is told from the protagonist's (Luna Masterson) point of view. She's a great narrator, because she describes things and happenings in a sarcastic way. She fights against demons and can talk to them. When her brother, Seth, gets into trouble, Luna decides to help him...

Mercedes M. Yardley has created good and interesting characters. Her characters feel realistic and they have their own personalities. Luna is an especially intriguing characters, because she's a strong and courageous woman, but she also has a vulnerable side to her. This is good, because I've often felt more than a bit frustrated when I've tried to read urban fantasy books, because the protagonists in them have been as shallow as possible and I wasn't able to find anything interesting in them.
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