Wrath & Mercy

Wrath & Mercy
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March 22, 2022
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Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sara Raasch, this epic finale complete with high-stakes action and page-turning romance delivers a thrilling conclusion to Jessica Rubinkowski’s Russian folklore–based YA fantasy duology.

Surviving the ill-fated expedition to Knnot, Valeria, Alik, and the others have found refuge in Valeria's village. Though Val should find comfort in reuniting with her family, everything has changed—including herself. For now, Val is the Pale God's chosen champion. And she is ready for revenge on the Czar.

Gifted with the Pale God’s power, Val will do whatever it takes to liberate her people. Even if that means stealing the Czar's son away from the safety of the Winter Palace. But as Alik watches Val struggle to maintain control over the god she holds captive, it becomes clear that the Pale God plans a revenge of his own.

The inevitable is coming: one final battle. And Valeria must be ready to sacrifice everything—even her love for Alik—to win.

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To save herself she must sacrifice everything she loves
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What I liked:
A Bright God and A Pale God are brothers that have chosen humans to fight their battle for control and destruction of the world. Alike is desperate to convince Valeria that she is just a pawn, but she only knows that she has the power to save her people from a life of slavery at the hands of a cruel man. The development of Val's emotional trauma is so strong it leaps off the page, the romance between her and Alik is bittersweet, and the gruesome outcome of the war is raw and honest.
Final Verdict:
This duology is young adult fantasy at its best, and I loved the descriptions, the well-depicted character portrayals, and the rawness of emotion that kept me engaged. The series is so good. I wish there were just one more book that shows how these two places can survive after the destruction of everything they know under the thumb of these two Gods.
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