‘That Thou wouldst bring them only death,
That Thou shouldst spare none,
That Thou shouldst pardon none
We beseech Thee, destroy them.’
“Mercy” is the Black Library debut for Danie Ware and luckily for fans of the Adeptus Sororitas, it’s a solid one too.
Focused on the steely Sister Superior Augusta Santorus and her Battle Sisters of the Order of the Bloody Rose, this short novel explains her encounter with a band of underestimated Orks and their scavenging Warboss.
The story demonstrates the many expected sides to the Sisters of Battle - their love for the Emperor, efficient teamwork and ability as warriors. However it also shows a few sides readers may not be used to - their humility, the importance of their battle traditions and best of all - ruthlessness when needed.
With the obvious restrictions of a short story, the interaction between characters and fight scenes are concise and to the point. What I am also pleased to see and this is no criticism at all, the novel is easy to follow and not weighed down with overly elaborate tangents which can be a hindrance on quite a few of the books in the Black Library range.
In summary “Mercy” is a great read for fans of the Sisters of Battle and I’m really looking forward to what Danie will come up with next.