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Review - A Ruin of Mercies by Nicholas Wagner

Synopsis -

1890s, Dakota territory. A Lakota Indian's tribe is slaughtered while escaping the reservation, though the youth is spared by one of the pursuing soldiers who happens to be his estranged father. Wandering the plains, the Lakota is seduced by a tree-like alien parasite that promises purpose and revenge against the Americans in exchange for helping it spread across the land through human sacrifice. Meanwhile, his father and half-brother's infantry squad is tasked with tracking down and killing him.

Review -

This is one of the more beautifully written books that I have read in a while, yet I found that it didn't quite resonate with me as much as I had hoped.

The story is told from a pair of different perspectives, with Part 1 almost poetic in the telling, but almost to the point of style over substance. Part 2 was better for me and helped shed a little more light on the opening half of the tale.

There are some great moments in this book, which at just a touch over 90 pages, is a quick read. All in all, it didn't quite work for me, but as I said, the writing is fantastic and I would definitely try this author again.

You can read this one on KU by clicking HERE.

3.5 stars out of 5

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