Hello dear readers!
Today I have a special treat for ye. Recently, author Alicia Roque Ruggieri contacted me asking if I wanted to review her debut novel, “The House of Mercy” and if I’d also be interested in hosting a give-away of her book. I was super pleased (you can ask my family if you don’t believe me!) and agreed directly.
Well, I have just finished reading the book, and…wow! It really is amazing. I loved it. :)
Below you will find my ‘proper’ review of it, followed by a rafflecoptor giveaway where you can enter to win your own paperback copy of “The House of Mercy”! The give-away will run a week, ending on the 26th, and it’s available only to continental U.S. residents.
Title: The House of Mercy
Author: Alicia Roque Ruggieri
Number of pages: 274
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Description: (Taken from Amazon)
What is crooked cannot be made straight. In his twenty years, Deoradhan has swallowed much of sorrow’s cup and found it bitter. Haunted by his father’s murder at the hands of one he trusted, distanced from the Roman God who betrayed him, burning to obtain his rightful throne in the rugged north, the young exile returns to Logress, where High King Arthur holds together a frail confederacy. Yet Deoradhan finds that crowns are more easily taken away than given. When the high king refuses to meet his demands, will Deoradhan stop at nothing to gain his rightful position? And what of those whose lives are interwoven with his? A story of justice, love, and mercy in post-Roman Arthurian Britain.
Appropriate for young adult/adult readers.
This is one of those books where it leaves you almost speechless, really. I am not quite sure how to review it with adequate words. :)
This book held many plot twists I was so not expecting, but in the end they were all so good! The ending was very good. Ah, all of it was good! Hehe, okay, I will try better to focus on an actual review. :)
The characters were lovely. Truly. Each one was described so well that you were able to see them as real-life people. They had their flaws, but that just made them more realistic. I will say that Calum was my favourite character. He…well, he was just marvelous.
I enjoyed that we got to see from quite a few different character’s view-point; that was really interesting and beneficial to the story.
Lady Tarian’s character and story was another one of my favourites – I would love to follow hers, as well as Deirdre’s story further. :)
I of course liked the main character, Bethann, and I also grew to really love Aine. It was powerful for me to read how she found the True love she was so hungry for!
The back-cover description of the book only mentions Deoradhan, but this story is about so much more – and it all weaves together just beautifully.
I absolutely loved seeing the journey each character had to take toward redemption and mercy! That was done so well. And though I was not expecting a couple of the turn-outs, I realize now how perfectly they fit, and gave just a magnificent show of God’s unending mercy and love.
This book was not a tedious read in the least. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It was such an enjoyable, light read yet filled with many deep truths. We are never far from God’s love, and always in His forgiving, redeeming mercy that is always unending.
The only thing that slightly – and only slightly – tripped me up a bit, was that the author used a lot of longer, descriptive words in places. It wasn’t terrible, just maybe not necessarily needed.
But truly, that aside, I found this a marvelous book, one I would be sure to re-read! And I am very interested in reading more from this author when/if she publishes more! :)
Thank you so tremendously much, Alicia, for this fantastic opportunity!
Now, onward to YOUR chance, readers, to read this book :
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A New Englander by birth, Alicia Roque Ruggieri loves woodland trails, craggy seas, and misty mountains. She grew up expecting to find Narnia through her closet, but, alas, she was always disappointed every time she checked. A fierce devourer of good books, Alicia has written creatively from childhood. Alicia’s educational background lies in Mass Communications and History, and God has blessed her with interesting adventures in small business ownership, theatre direction, restaurant management, and freelance writing. In writing and living, Alicia desires to honor the Lord Christ, showing His beauty, redemption, and mercy.
ABOUT THE HOUSE OF MERCY:
When a hailstorm ruins her father’s crops, teenaged Bethan goes as a kitchen servant to Oxfield. There, she intends to work off her family’s debt to Lord Drustan before returning to marry the fervent son of a local priest. Yet, in her first days at the old Roman fortress, Bethan meets two men who are very different from the priest’s son, friends who have dark histories… and shrouded futures.
In his twenty years, Deoradhan has swallowed much of sorrow’s cup and found it bitter. Haunted by his father’s murder at the hands of one he trusted, distanced from the Roman God who betrayed him, burning to obtain his rightful throne in the rugged north, the young exile returns to Logress, where High King Arthur holds together a frail confederacy.
There at Oxfield, Deoradhan’s friend Calum seeks absolution for a deed he committed many years ago… a deed that ended in the death of one dearest to him and drove him from his home.
Will Deoradhan stop at nothing to gain his rightful position? Is atonement possible for Calum after so many years? And what of those – including Bethan – whose lives have become interwoven with theirs?
A story of justice, love, and mercy in post-Roman Arthurian Britain.
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