Review: The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

Title: The Merciless Ones

Series: Deathless #2

Author: Namina Forna

It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Otereans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster.

But the real battle has only just begun and Deka must lead the charge. Deka is tasked with freeing the rest of the goddesses. Only as she begins to free them, she begins to see a strange symbol everywhere in places of worship and worn on armor. There’s something unnatural about that symbol; just looking at it makes Deka lose her senses. Even worse, it seems to repel her powers. She can’t command or communicate with the new deathshrieks. In fact, she can’t even understand them when they speak.

Deka knows freeing the goddesses is just the beginning. She can tell whatever dark force out is powerful and there is something sinister out there threatening the kingdom connected to that symbol–something merciless–that her army will need to stop before humanity crumbles. But Deka’s powers are only getting stronger…and her strongest weapon could be herself.

I absolutely loved The Gilded Ones and was lucky enough to read early in my Fairyloot box so it’s felt like a long wait for The Merciless Ones! I found it easy to jump back in and this brilliant world all came flooding back.

So we have Deka and her friends and they are on a quest of sorts. Deka is getting stronger as the group begin to question what they have been told from all sides.

The writing was good and descriptive, the pacing was a bit slow in places but it’s the relationships here that I absolutely loved! Deka’s friendships, sisterhood and Keita (love him!!!) It was truly beautiful.

Ixa was another huge favourite for me. He was so cute! Another fave animal companion!!!

There were twists and betrayals everywhere! Just who to believe??!!!

For some reason I thought this was a duology but it’s not, it’s a trilogy so now I have to wait for book 3!

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