Book Reviews

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna (Deathless #2) // Book Review


It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Otereans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster.

But the real battle has only just begun and Deka must lead the charge. Deka is tasked with freeing the rest of the goddesses. Only as she begins to free them, she begins to see a strange symbol everywhere in places of worship and worn on armor. There’s something unnatural about that symbol; just looking at it makes Deka lose her senses. Even worse, it seems to repel her powers. She can’t command or communicate with the new deathshrieks. In fact, she can’t even understand them when they speak.

Deka knows freeing the goddesses is just the beginning. She can tell whatever dark force out is powerful and there is something sinister out there threatening the kingdom connected to that symbol–something merciless–that her army will need to stop before humanity crumbles. But Deka’s powers are only getting stronger…and her strongest weapon could be herself.



This was an anticipated release, I read and loved The Gilded Ones so much and I was itching to get back into Deka’s world and see what she does next. However. This story… wasn’t quite what I expected.

At lot of the humour and wit of The Gilded Ones, and the friendship bonds that Deka and her friends have, seems to be a little missing here. Instead, the focus switches over the (excessive) use of Arcane Objects and Divine Gifts, which never really made an appearance in Gilded.

Another thing that never appeared in Gilded were Queer people, and it was a little jarring to see so many of us basically stuffed into this book. There’s not many new Queer characters either, leading me to wonder why they were all revealed to be Queer here, and there was no hint of that in the first book.

I did have to slog through a lot of this story, but I will say that the ending was really, really good, almost making me excited to read the final book, although I am still wary due to how much I had to push myself to get through this book. I’m hoping it’s just a case of Second Book Syndrome.

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

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