Book Review: Mercy Burns by: Keri Arthur

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Dell

Publish Date: April 19, 2011

Origins: Purchased

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  



Mercy Reynolds is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay area, but she’s also more—and less—than human. Half woman, half air dragon, she’s a “draman”—unable to shift shape but still able to unleash fiery energy. Now something will put her powers to the test.

Mercy’s friend Rainey has enlisted her help to solve her sister’s murder. Then a horrible accident claims Rainey’s life, leaving Mercy only five days to find the killer: If Mercy fails, according to dragon law, Rainey’s soul will be doomed to roam the earth for eternity. But how can Mercy help when she herself is a target? With nowhere else to turn, she must join forces with a sexy stranger—the mysterious man they call “Muerte,” or death itself, who’s as irresistible as he is treacherous. But can even Death keep Mercy alive for long enough to find her answers?

Review: While dragons and their half-human offspring, dramans, are the main characters of this novel, Mercy Burns felt more like a romance novel. There were some great paranormal/supernatural aspects to the story and its focus is the repression of the dramans and their society. I think that while Mercy had a lot of great points, she was quick to anger without waiting for an explanation. I liked the character of Muerte very much! I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and tried to tie up loose ends, as well as make the romance work in the last two pages. I wish there had been a little more to it and that Mercy could have stepped outside herself to see others' perspectives a little more. A quick read and I think this is another good beach book.

Myth and Magic Series: Destiny Kills (1), Mercy Burns (2)



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