I do believe, for me, this was the most highly anticipated book of 2008. I'm very pleased to report that I was NOT disappointed! "Merciless" was well worth the wait...and I'm so happy I don't have to wait any longer:-)
It all started last year with "Relentless" as Robin Parrish began his 'Dominion Trilogy' and introduced us all to a new world of superheroes, unlike any we had ever seen before.
Then, it continued in his pulse-pounding sequel titled "Fearless", where we got more clues into the why of this new race of super-beings and their purpose in this world. With the cliff-hanger to end all cliff-hangers, I was left screaming into the night...
Now, my why is satisfied. VERY satisfied. But it's hard to give you a review without ruining the series for you. Suffice it to say that all events begun in the first book come full circle in the third, and some of the nit-picky plot lines in the second book are explained more fully in this final installment.
Apocalyptic story lines are common, but this one is so unique! And we're always reading about those who want to take over the world...but how about a group who longs to destroy it instead? Shadows of Revelation (from Scripture) haunt this telling, which should hint at the violence and storyline.
Be warned...this is far more intense than the previous two novels! This is the darkest yet, but what's that old saying? It's always darkest before....
Robin Parrish's talent is creative genius. How his mind could contain a trilogy of this magnitude is astounding to me, and I read a lot of books in all genres of fiction. I'm sure some threads started in the beginning didn't quite knot up at the end, but they must have been minute.
And for fans looking...searching for the spiritual element in these tales, never fear! Again, Mr. Parrish brings everything into the light, and while the series isn't overtly preachy, the allegory is crystal clear by the end of the telling.
I'm worn out having travelled this long journey with Grant Borrows, Alex, Ethan, Daniel, Lisa, and company! I think I have reader's hangover:-) But it was SO worth the weariness.
I'm giving "Merciless" my over the top six out of five bookmarks, with a tiny piece of brownish rock as a charm---you'll have to read the books to see why. And, I'm voting "The Dominion Trilogy" the Best Fantasy series of 2008!
DO NOT pick up "Merciless" without going back to the beginning. There's no way to read this series except IN ORDER...trust me! But you'll be so glad you did:-)