A review by westerdrumlins
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

challenging dark emotional funny mysterious reflective tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This took me a while to feel connected to the characters but once I was, I could appreciate the writing and plot a lot more. I thought the witch-hunting aspect was going to be more integral earlier in the book but I liked the subtle hints and signs that were planted throughout. Another one I read physically and listened to at the same time and it was a good experience.

Content warnings include:
Death, religious bigotry, misogyny, murder (including by burning at stake), rape within marriage, violence, racism and xenophobia, colonisation, miscarriage, homophobia, grief.