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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Review: Fury by Rebecca Lim

Title: Fury
Series: Mercy #4
Author: Rebecca Lim
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: 29 March 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned…

Heartbreak. Vengeance. Truth. Betrayal.

Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield.

Ryan’s love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her, now places Ryan in mortal danger.

Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice.

Hell hath no fury like Mercy


Please bear in mind that this is the last book in the series and the review may therefore contain spoilers for the previous books.

Let me start by saying that there could have been no other possible ending for his series. Although in some ways it can be seen as predictable the accomplishment in bringing all the elements together for the ending was unexpected and should not be diminished. As I stated in my review of Exile (HERE)  all the clues are placed within the narrative to pick up on, oh the benefit of hindsight is a powerful thing.

My favorite thing about this book was the way  'humans' are depicted. Generally dismissed by both angels and demons as inferior; their ingenuity, resourcefulness, adaptability and perseverance are the qualities lacking in the angels and demons; it is these human qualities that really shine through the narrative aiding the fight for good exponentially.

Seeing the world as the devils playground is shudder inducing yet it is nice in a way to be able to lay the blame of the worlds atrocities on the shoulders of an external entity rather than mankind's ability to destroy, hate and hurt.

The way in which the peripheral characters from the previous books that were able to 'see' Mercy for who she really was plays a vital part in the plot in this book. Providing a very clever way of advancing the plot, tying up loose plot threads and developing all the characters. It also highlighted the point that Mercy had touched the lives of the people around her at a fundamental level.

The different countries used in the setting were richly described adding to the world building. It really did feel as if you were seeing the countries through the eyes of the characters themselves. It really did bring the saying ' You can travel the world in a book' to technicolor life. The inclusion of the native Peruvian tribe added depth to the narrative. The detail into their lifestyle and belief system was a comprehensive addition to both the imagery and the plot.

Although I really enjoyed the series I can appreciate the complaints about the large holes within the plot. For one thing Mercy is initially portrayed as Luc's consort in all things evil for which she has to atone. Althugh this plot thread is used extensively in the first two books it did fizzle out in the latter part of the series replaced by a promise that Luc made Mercy before The Fall that binds them together. Again this is another gap in the plot as the promise that binds Luc to Mercy is never fully revealed. Also the reason for keeping Mercy's true name hidden is not fully explained, yes we know something bad will happen but what, to who and why?

So yes the series isn't perfect but it is heart-warming, action packed and optimistic for the future of mankind.  For these reason alone its well worth reading.  

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