“The Merciless Ones” (Deathless #2) (2022) – Namina Forna

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna Spoiler Free Review

Finished reading 6 April – 27 May 2022


Less than 5-word critique: thought-provoking, gripping, and excellent.

For me, “The Merciless Ones” felt like a MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) film for the following reasons; action sequences, emotional weight, moments that leave you on the edge of your seat, gasping, and full of twists and turns. To be honest, the first couple of pages felt a bit slow but after a while, things get a little more intriguing to the point of you wanting to know what happens next. And it’s one of those sequels that I enjoyed more than the first one.

The sequel follows Deka’s life-changing adventure after the first book, and this time, she and her friends discover that something feels fishy about their latest mission which causes them to question everything they know and love.

Forna’s writing is done beautifully, brilliantly mixing comedy and drama all at once.
The characters are vibrant and well-developed. Without giving too much away, there are those who get awesome moments to shine like the main protagonist.
Like The Gilded Ones, it deals with heavy themes, such as graphic violence.
The settings are excellently described too.

Recommended to those who enjoy:
*”Black Panther” and “Children of Blood and Bone”
*Fascinating animals, magic and non-magic
*Strong characters
*Strong friendships and relationships
*Awesome action sequences
*African-inspired aspects

Thank you so much NetGalley and Usborne Publishing for this copy. I really appreciate it.