Genre: Fantasy with some horror elements
Mercy Green died in the 1820’s. And then she came back to life, with explanation as to why or how, with only one surety – she cannot die. Her blood is pumping, and she has to eat and sleep, but nothing kills her.
There are many takes on immortality, but the interesting twist with this one is that 1) there are different types of immortality, and 2) each set type comes with its own rules. Mercy is odd in that she eats and sleeps. The other types don’t.
And so, after successfully keeping under the radar and living the quiet life for over two hundred years, her life is exposed as she tries to do a good favor for her friend, Adam, whose paintings were stolen by a vindictive girlfriend. And it just keeps going downhill from there.
Written in first person, I really enjoyed getting to know this woman who, for all of her years, was still quite young in other ways. Jaded and brusque, Mercy at the same time has a deep sense of fairness that leaves you wanting her to get some of that fairness in return.
At the same time, for someone whose primary way to slip by unnoticed is to not engage and blend it, I did find her constant use of flowery language jarring at times. Not all of the time, but little spots where it made a real difference in the words used. I would have liked to have seen a smidge more blending. Most of her hang-ups that are part of her are endearing or interesting to watch otherwise.
There are quite a few great twists in the plot that kept me reading. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say poor Mercy gets a rather harsh reality check about her understanding of other immortals and her own creator. She’s forced to confront her own society that she’s never been part of, and given the stories she tells, no one can blame her.
Getting to watch Adam and Mercy’s relationship unfold, and the undeniable attraction between them was more natural and refreshing as compared ot most of the hocked up super bad boy types often seen in fantasy books. Kudos to the author for giving us a realistic nice guy.
Overall, this book is a great debut novel, and one that I’d highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy with some light romance.
What a bonus! To coincide with review week, Perpetual will be free on Amazon November 6-8th. Definitely a steal.