Reviewed by Karri Compton
Merciless by Robin Parrish
"...deep themes run throughout this trilogy, and in the midst of explosive action is a bond with characters--their joys and failings, pain and triumph."
“I love it when a plan comes together,” says Hannibal Smith of “A-Team” fame. I say, “I love it when a plot comes together. Finally.” And finally it does. Thankfully, Parrish saves the best for last.
Beginning with Relentless and continuing with Fearless, Parrish draws the reader into a gigantic superhero tale. The ring-wearers, people who have been shifted into a new identity, use their special powers to help those in need. In Merciless, the Dominion Stone foretells his transformation into Oblivion, an agent of cataclysmic destruction. As the world rushes towards collapse, secrets are revealed as to Grant Borrows’ role in the seven-thousand-year-old prophecy. Is he destined to become the most powerful man on the planet? To what end? Can he resist his fate? And what of the other ring-wearers? Can they save the world together?
As all superhero tales are, this one is massive and involves the attempted annihilation of the whole earth. We’re talking apocalypse here. There’s lots of blood, blackness, death, and vengeance to go around. In fact, the first half or so of the book is downright depressing. Readers will stay with the story, though, because they want to know what happens to Grant, Payton, Alex, Daniel, Lisa, and the gang.
And the end is worth everything that led up to it. I enjoyed the last third of the book the most. Maybe it’s just me. I like finally knowing all the secrets, how every plot and sub-plot has come together to bring all to its conclusion.
But it’s not just feel-good fiction. As with all good fiction, deep themes run throughout this trilogy, and in the midst of explosive action is a bond with characters--their joys and failings, pain and triumph.
No one who has read the first two installments will be able to stay away.
While Merciless could be enjoyable by itself, I recommend readers complete
the previous novels to get the full impact of the story.
Compton, wife and mother of three teens, two cats, and a beagle, devours Christian
fiction whenever possible. Her favorite genre is suspense/thriller, especially
Ted Dekker and Steven James novels. Since promoting biblical worldview fiction
is dear to her heart, she reviews on her blog, Fiction
Fanatics Only! and is
a staff reviewer for such sites as The Christian Suspense Zone and Fiction Addict.
Her stab at writing a novel confirmed what a tough job it is, and so the work
is shelved for now, allowing the pros to do what they do best. When she isn't
reading and reviewing, Karri stays busy at church and performing in various community