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Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 20, 2014
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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I do not make a habit of reading horror stories or dark fantasy but Ms. Yardley creates a world where fear walks hand in hand with snarkiness, sarcasm and a certain je ne se quoi that is more food for thought than the fodder of nightmares. It is a credit to Ms. Yardley's storytelling ability that I literally stayed up all night to read Nameless. I simply could not tear myself away. I had to know what was going to happen next in Luna's story. I greatly anticipate the release of the next tale in this series.
There are a few editing errors. I would say that there are about ten typos. They are not enough to distract one from this compelling story but they may briefly get your attention.
I received a copy of this book to read in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I assure you that is what I have given you. I believe when you read Nameless you will agree with my assessment of this novel.
Nameless: The Darkness Comes seems like a perfect type of story to craft for her debut novel. Luna is a young woman who has seen demons since her childhood. She's got a bit of an attitude about this burden, but there is kindness under her shell. Nameless is the story of her encountering forces strong enough to break open her shell and how she'll respond, either to become more hardened or to find a way to let the loving person out without becoming weak, as she fears.
Mercedes wields her gift for strange and fantastic imagery to show us her version of the demon world and combines that with her sensitivity to multiple forms of human relationships, each striking open strong emotional reactions. Luna lives with her brother and his very young daughter. His wife left him years back and Luna has helped him take care of her. They have a troubled past because their parents are dead and father killed himself. Luna meets a troubled guy with attractive green eyes and begins to fall for him. Around this time, the demon world interferes, pushing them apart and threatening the lives of everyone she loves.
The story starts out with everything I wanted from Mercedes, touching moments of loving people facing the darkest our world has to offer mixed with her unique narrative voice that blends humor and attitude seamlessly. I knew right away that I loved the world she was revealing, with its demons that slither around like snakes only she can see. I enjoyed how her and her brother have some animosity over him not taking seriously her claim of seeing demons, as well as how she loves on his child as her own. When she meets Green Eyes, I was already reading with a constant grin at the snarky humor, and often laughed out loud.
As the story unfolded, however, the meat of what I enjoyed so much in the beginning thinned out into minimal interest. Part of this may be because of how Luna became separated from the characters, taking away the exchanges that made the first part so enjoyable and stealing opportunity to strengthen my empathy for whom she cares for. Her snarkiness also lost its humor. There were action scenes with demons and a haunted house, but they just weren't as powerful as her best and seamed to hold back at times for a grand finale. This could also be because she was chasing after people I hadn't developed enough sympathy for.
Around the 75% mark, the story turned around and ended very well. The pieces laid by scenes I marginally enjoyed ended up having significant impact on her journey and struggle. An event around the 60% mark really made her relationship with her brother take hold. Another made me feel her connection with the girl. Really, from 75% on there is wave after wave of strong emotion and fantastic imagery in the action.
Nameless is the first book in a trilogy that promises to uncover the rest of the iceberg of this war with demons. The heroine, Luna, is strong, funny, and rooted in empathy through all the emotions we experienced with her in this first installment. I'm hoping for the second and third books to more consistently display the kind of unrelenting story elements and narrative voice that made the beginning and end of this book so memorable and enjoyable. Mercedes is so gifted, I have total faith that she can.
Now that that is out the way, let’s get on with this, shall we?
Being a fan of the small press, I often look for books that interest me based on their book blurbs. I’m one of those readers who will purchase books based solely on whether I like the blurb or not. The blurb for this book was short and to the point, and it interested me for two reasons: One it was short and to the point and two it was by a writer I like.
LUNA MASTERSON SEES DEMONS. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day. Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’ After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end
I finished Mercedes M. Yardley’s debut novel, Nameless, The Darkness Comes, the first book in the Bone Angel Trilogy, last night. Being a fan of Yardley’s short stories, I was excited to see her write a novel, and I was one of those folks who bought it as soon as it was released. Yeah, I’m cool that way.
If you read the blurb posted above, you learn that this book is about Luna, a young woman cursed with the ability to see demons. Poor Luna. Why not Unicorns or fairies? I guess we can’t choose our curses. But there is so much more to Luna Masterson’s demon eyes. I’m not going to give the story away here, but I will note there are some very important characters that I think Yardley did a good job bringing to life: Her brother, Seth, is kind of a wimp (understatement of the year, folks), even when he’s trying to be tough. Reed Taylor, her love interest, and Mouth, a demon who is not whole-heartedly out to get Luna. And the Tiptoe Shadow. Yeah, that’s right, the Tiptoe Shadow. Cool name, eh?
I enjoyed the way Mouth and the Tiptoe Shadow were developed—she seems to have a knack for creating demons with mmmm personalities. Yeah, the mmmm is intentional.
Nameless had a few twists and turns in it, a couple of which I didn’t really see coming, which is a good thing. There were a couple of reveals that Yardley played on and, in the end, they were important to Luna’s character building, though, honestly, I don’t think, as a reader, I realized it until the story was over. That, too, is a good thing.
Also, Nameless is told by Luna, in the first person, and the voice holds true all the way to the end. Through all the events Luna’s voice was hers and not someone else’s, whether she was angry or sad or happy (though that was a rare moment or two), Yardley kept Luna’s voice, how she speaks, how she thinks, how she acts and reacts, consistent. Yes, another very good thing.
Now, this would not be a real review, an honest one, if I didn’t point out a couple things that I thought were off with the book. There were a few moments where words were omitted or added in places they shouldn’t have been. These are things I notice in a lot of books these days and they are easy mistakes to make. Even during the editing phase, these things happen. I can overlook those, but others can’t.
The story takes place over several months—I didn’t realize this until the end of the book, which is probably just me. I thought the story took place over a week or two, not months.
No, I’m not going to tell you about the story, but about the one thing I thought was left as a loose end. Maybe it was intentional, but I don’t think so. Near the end of the book, Seth is told he needs to be strong, stronger than he has ever been, which really means, just don’t be a wimp, okay, Seth? However, that never came to be. I kept expecting him to bust in and save the day, but he didn’t. For me, and again, this may just be me, I count the writer mentioning something like, ‘dude, you have to be stronger than ever before’ as a promise the writer makes to the reader: Dear reader, I am mentioning this because I will come back to it later in the story. There were several little promises made throughout Nameless and all of them, except for this particular one, were kept.
**END SPOILER ALERT**
All in all, Nameless, The Darkness Comes, did not disappoint me. It had an easy flowing and consistent voice, and the storyline was solid. The main character (whose name I believe is short for Lunatic) was believable, as were her supporting cast. There was a resolution to the problem and a set up for book two at the end. There is violence. There is anger. There is love. There is sadness. There is desperation.
I look forward to book two of the Bone Angel Trilogy. For my rating system, I give it four and a half bones out of five.
Pick it up. Give it a read. Enjoy.