Seven Mercies is an explosive, action-packed ending to a fantastic duology that’s somehow even more enjoyable than the first book.
Seven Mercies follows directly from the events of Seven Devils. This synopsis does have spoilers for the first book, so be aware if you haven’t read that one yet. The resistance has been destroyed, and small groups of survivors are scattered across the galaxy. The seven devils have a huge bounty on their heads and have been forced into hiding. But they’re not ready to give up. They’ll free the galaxy from the evil of the Tholosian Empire, or they’ll die trying.
This book has cemented the series as utterly fantastic by expanding on everything that made the first book enjoyable. You’ve got the action-packed, cinematic pacing that never lets you rest for too long. There’s amazing character development, and despite the large cast, no one feels left behind. If you loved the characters in Seven Devils, get ready to fall in love all over again. The found family vibes are superb. Even with all of the trauma and troubles the cast goes through, there’s always an undercurrent of hope. This team can do impossible things, and you never want them to fail. This finale expands heavily upon the Oracle, an AI that programmes citizens to serve the empire. It was one of the most intriguing world-building features of the first book, so its prominence was delightful and terrible in equal measure. This duology is perfect for fast-paced sci-fi fans who want a diverse, loveable cast.
Thanks to Gollancz and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth May is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Seven Devils and Seven Mercies (co-written with Laura Lam), The Falconer series (The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, The Fallen Kingdom), and romance novels under the pen name Katrina Kendrick. She is Californian by birth and Scottish by choice, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews. She currently resides on an 18th century farm in the Scottish countryside with her husband, three cats, and a lively hive of honey bees that live in the wall of her old farmhouse.
Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. Lam is a Sunday Times Bestselling author whose work includes the near-future space thriller, Goldilocks, feminist space opera Seven Devils (co-writtenwith Elizabeth May), BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, and the award-winning Micah Grey series: Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Lam’s short fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, Scotland in Space, and more. Lam’s romance alter ego is Laura Ambrose. Lam lectures part-time at Edinburgh Napier University on the Creative Writing MA.
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