Albert Camus

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

no mercy - Flying Blind (The Flykeeper Chronicles #2) by Caroline A. Gill

"Who Knew Flies Had Magic?"
The Flykeeper Chronicles opens a whole new world of imagination and fantasy. There is a time when the ordinary must rise. Lani's time has come.


Published: May 21st, 2016

In a broken America, seventeen-year old Iolani Bearse encounters a world full of wonder and danger.

Lani discovers a secret: houseflies have magic.

Stealers have no mercy.

Armed with memory-draining lanterns, the stone-cold hunters relentlessly follow catastrophes, laying traps, preying on the weak.

Together with her father, Eleanor, Sam, and Mango, her beloved pinto mare, Lani rescues victims from the grasp of Memory Stealers. One by one, she saves whomever she can, looking for any path that leads to safety. When her family’s farmhouse is attacked, Lani must act quickly to save those she loves.

Can Lani unmask their powerful, hidden enemies before the flies’ magic fails and everything burns to ashes?

Will the loss of one of her greatest friends become her downfall?

Can Lani overcome the evil that is tearing her world apart, flying blind?

Mercy in Dystopia genre 

Well, in the television show Z-Nation, “Mercy” means death provided by a stab to the skull. Not the kind of mercy taught in churches or in politics. Mercy in the genre of Dystopia means making the hard choices, for the good of the group, and trying to accomplish what you need for survival with minimum damage to others around you. Mercy isn’t heroic. It’s vulnerable. It’s scary. You can’t be safe and merciful at the same time. One or the other: every choice. 

Trusting anyone, letting strangers close enough to help them means risk and exposure. In the Walking Dead, Mercy is often a trick used to lure in the hopeful and use them for food or labor. Mercy is often another word for sucker. 

And yet every hero we follow, in television or books, takes that chance-- shows that mercy. While it is a risk, it is the wisest and strongest among the characters who is still willing to try. It is because they believe that there is an innate goodness in people, something worth saving. And it is because of friendship with other strong characters that mercy can be offered. It is an expensive gambit; Mercy is the ultimate double-edged sword. 

But that singular choice is what makes a character an actual hero. Choosing hope, finding friends, offering mercy instead of safety: those are the actions of a great leader. It’s true in the dystopian genre as it is in real life: we are greater when we trust others. Some will take us for fools, but those are best left to the scythe of Karma. Mercy is the hero-defining trait in the stories we love and in those real life friends we trust with our own lives.

About the author:
Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.


Unknown said...

Thank you for the opportunity .

kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I hate flies but I love anything magical. Sounds very interesting. Maybe reading this will lessen my fear.

Carlammm said...

This is an amazing good read...And the magic system is so different... you can't say that very often, and mean it! Whether you love or hate flies you'll never think of flies in the same way again!

Jan Lee said...

I like to read books that have magic involved :) I put this on my list! :)

Unknown said...

Fantastic book cover!! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

Unknown said...

Terrific share! Definitely on my to-read list.

Wayne Lecoy said...

It would be great to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card
and a signed copy of
Flying Blind by Caroline A. Gill.
This sounds like a book i would enjoy reading.
I like the book cover because it grabs your attention.
Thank you for having this giveaway.

Mike Warney said...

Thanks for competition!