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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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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.
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?
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.
The protagonists' mannerisms threw me out of kilter often. I found myself constantly questioning why she did something or phrased something a certain way. it actually wasn't until after I finished that I realized that the life she's lived might very well account for some behaviors that don't make sense to me.
Sitting here this morning I realize that it's not about me. Luna's actions are how she reacts to her story. Here's a kid that's seen the elephant every damn day and if she hasn't become the ass-kicking demon slayer that I was expecting, she has become a hell of a survivor.
The more I think about what I read, the more I like it. Twelve hours ago I would have said I probably wouldn't be looking at the next book but now I'm looking forward to it.