Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies - girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.
When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.
Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling - and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.
April Genevieve Tucholke is a full-time writer and a member of the Lucky 13s, a community of writers whose debut novels will release in 2013 from major U.S. publishers (thelucky13s.blogspot.com). April digs classic movies, redheaded villians, big kitchens, and discussing murder at dinner table. She and her husband — a librarian, former rare-book dealer, and journalist — live in Bend, Oregon, at the edge of the forest, where the air smells like pine, and coyotes can be heard howling at night.