Thirteen Mercies, Three Kills 
by Liv Olteano 
Published by: Harmony Ink Press
Publication date: June 13th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Steampunk


Watching her father’s termination, twenty-year-old Cristina Mera Richards decides to kill the reaper Edgar Verner. Verner is the resident alkemist of New Bayou, though, and since alkemists are immortal, killing him won’t be easy. But the harvesters are destroying the hovertown one citizen at a time. Edgar Verner must be stopped.

Cristina Mera has a gift for seeing and hearing ghosts. She escorts souls out of bodies ravaged by the withering sickness, taking away their pain. Her gifts are unique. Once it’s clear she’s a changeling, Verner becomes more than interested in having her by his side.

Mysterious Wanderer Alkemist Nikola Skazat is the solution to Cristina Mera’s problems—a delightful and charming one, since Nikola is a woman unlike any Cristina Mera has ever met. Becoming Nikola’s apprentice instead of Verner’s finally gives Cristina Mera the opportunity she needs to save her hovertown. It also puts her heart in high gear, gives her butterflies, and just might get her killed.



Rating: 4/5


Thirteen Mercies, Three Kills was a fantastic read. Cristina Mera is an unconventional girl within a conservative world. Her journey of self discovery made for a great story. The first 3/4 of the story was a slow build, and then all of the action happened within the last 1/4. It made me have a “well that escalated quickly” moment. I felt that there were many questions left unanswered, but I’m not sure if this is the first in a series or not. I also found myself curious about the title throughout the book so it affected the anticipation factor, and foreshadowing for me. Over all I love the world Liv build and would enjoy reading more stories with it.

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Liv Olteano is a voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.

She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they’d bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters—what can you do, right?

Liv has a penchant for quirky stories and is a reverent lover of diversity. She can be found loitering around the Internet at odd hours and being generally awkward and goofy at all times.

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