Zakk reviews “Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy book 1)” by Mercedes M. Yardley. 348 pages published by Crystal Lake Publishing.
“You’re just a hunk of meat, Luna. You and everybody you care about. That guy. Your brother. The baby girl. You walk through life, going about your petty little routines, and your bodies are dying all around you. It’s disgusting. It’s what true horror is. I can hardly abide being near the living.”
Luna Masterton sees demons.
She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.
Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’
After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end.
“I was getting nervous. The feel of the house. The demons huddled inside like Russian nesting dolls.”
Mercedes M. Yardley has made a name for herself by crafting dark, emotional tales with a deceptive dose of whimsy sprinkled in. It’s a style that can pull a reader in or push a reader away. For me it’s positive thing and a unique difference from the pieces I normally read. In Nameless, and more particularly Nameless’ main heroine Luna Masterson the whimsical nonchalant sassiness is pretty heavy and it took me a moment to acclimate to her. But once I got a feel for the character I was all in.
This book is packed with charismatic inhabitants, both living and dead and… well, I’ll spare you that revelation so that you can experience it for yourself, all in a power play over a little girl, Luna’s niece. The places Luna must go and the trials she must face are nothing short of spectacular.
Great throughout, the back half of this book is a phenomenal journey, with stunning set-pieces, dark imagery, heavy revelations and bleak endings. Characters break, some are reborn while others… Well, tough break kid.
Vague, I know. But it’s a hell of a journey and you’ll only get to take it for the first time once. So why not go in fresh.
Happy endings are nice. They hold you warmly, give you a sense that all is right with the world. Bleak endings are fun, a treat for genre fans. A reminder that things don’t always work out for all parties involved. But when you get an ending that is equal parts happy and bleak, well, that’s unique. It’s something special, something wonderful to behold. Suffice to say that I am beyond excited for Bone Angel book 2 and I’m already being pulled back in to revisit book 1.
“The darkness comes when you’re alone.”
Overall Score: 5/5
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*NOTE: While I did receive a review copy of this book from Crystal Lake Publishing, I had purchased “Nameless” in a previous edition from another publisher. Either way, these are my unbiased feelings.