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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Independent Author Network 2020 Book of the Year Winner for Fantasy!|
Readers Favorite 2020 Silver Medal Winner for Fantasy!

It's the year 2446, and the first three Horsemen of Revelation's Apocalypse have ridden.

Pestilence, War and Famine have changed the world into a dictatorship ruled with an iron fist. Commoners have few rights, and liberty is a distant memory.

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Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published April 24th 2020 by Shadow City - A Next Chapter Imprint
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C.A. King
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dystopian world in which three of the horsemen have already been released--and destroyed quite a bit--I couldn't resist picking this one up. Yup... this girl is a four horsemen fan!

Misericorde is an interesting take on the lore, including both original themes with human aspects, resulting in strong emotions and the inability to sleep! I admit it! I fell prey to the need to know, sacrificing a full night.
Victor Acquista
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This first book of the Mercy Series completely enthralled me. The author, Cynthia Morgan, has a narrative style that I find beautiful. She is a gifted storyteller, a weaver of tales using words as multicolored threads to create a masterful tapestry. I will not summarize the plot or characters as my meager attempt to do so would not do justice to the author's fine writing and world building. For me, this was a character-driven story about purity, hope, kindness, determination, and mercy. In the s ...more
Jun 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Julie E. (Bookshelf Adventures)
Great world building and imagery throughout this novel taking place deep within the Apocalypse of the book of Revelations.

Disclaimer: graphic mentions of torture within this novel so reader beware.

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Kennedy Sangiovese
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks, Cynthia Morgan! You made me cry again at the end of Misericorde, like the hormones aren’t doing that already? I cry at a bird chirping, a butterfly dancing through my milkweed, unicorns and rainbows, burgers sizzling on the grill. But an archangel watching over a young human girl sleeping, after releasing all the pain she endured saving his sorry heavenly butt – well, that will do it too. Then again, like Lourdes, having read your story I had a lot of pent up anxiety that needed to come ...more
Amy Johnson
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short Version

In the year 2446, the world exists as a mere shell of what it used to be. The Great Catalyst tore the human race apart as the Horsemen rode. War, Pestilence, Famine… All that remains to ride is Death.

Archangel Tzadkiel, Angel of Mercy, had taken the task upon himself to find one human on the planet who understands what mercy is. Humans are a vile species, though, and as his journey nears its end, he fears he may never find that person. When he is captured by the soldiers of The Ba
Michele E.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Question: What did I like about this book?
Answer: Absolutely everything!

From the book cover that immediately draws you in, to the dystopian world so eloquently described by this talented author, it’s just a pleasure to read!

Set in the future, the world is a bleak and desolate place with limited resources and the age-old struggle of power over poverty is prevalent. The main Character, Archangel Tzadkiel takes human form and accepts his quest to find a single person who can show true mercy and
Slick Dungeon
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tzadkiel the Archangel of Mercy has taken human form. The first three horsemen of the Apocalypse have already ridden across the earth. Only death remains. Tzadkiel has 100 years to find one person in all the world who still remembers the meaning of mercy. Lourdes is a scullery maid working under cruel masters. Nightly she hears screams coming from a tower outside her window. She cannot bear to hear someone suffer so and her destiny may just change the fate of the world.

A quick warning before rea
Bill Ward
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a really enjoyable read that captured my attention from the beginning and I found difficult to put down. I think It is quite difficult for an author to write a completely original dystopian novel. This author has created a world of the future where mankind has destroyed much of the planet and its resources, leaving a divided world where the very rich are served by the terribly poor. Not an untypical background for a dystopian novel but what is different about this book, is the auth ...more
Morgan Annwyn
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Dystopian Fantasy, Romance
The story grabbed hold of me from the first chapter. It's a chilling premise that felt far to close to happening for real, given our present circumstances. It's set far in the future, 400 years from now after 3 of Revelation's Horsemen have already ridden. The world has become chaotic and is filled with people who care only about themselves. The better parts of our humanity have all but disappeared.

Into this dark place, the Archangel of Mercy Tzadkiel, comes searching. He wants to find one pers
Charissa Dufour
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is great. Not suggesting otherwise. BUT, the beginning is painfully slow due to an extensive use of description. Once past the first few chapters, the author uses less and less description giving the plot a chance to pick up.
This book is a very creative and unique look at a post-apocalypse world and pulls from Revelation in an equally unique way.Give it a try. You will not be disappointed!
Aimee Ann
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Misericorde is a sensational dystopian and fantasy novel that will take its readers on a fast-paced, thrilling, and captivating journey that is guaranteed to keep readers hooked for many hours! Misericorde is a novel that will captivate and intrigue you from the very start; the fast-paced narrative combined with twists and turns will have you turning the pages with haste. That is why I already have to recommend this novel to you lovely readers but if you need more convincing, then continue to re ...more
K.J. Simmill
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pestilence, War, and Famine have ridden, changing the world forever. Times of equal rights and respect had been long forgotten. Those of wealth rule, their servants little more than property, easily swapped when one becomes too damaged to perform their duties. Tzadkiel seeks to prove there is still hope, that one person in the godforsaken world still knows compassion. Should he fail to find one within 100 years the final horseman will ride. With just a few years left desperation envelopes him. H ...more
Phillip III
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cynthia A. Morgan
MISERICORDE (Mercy Series Book One)
Shadow City - Next Chapter Imprint
249 Pages
April 2020
Fantasy / Romance

It is the distant future. 2446 and the first three Horsemen of the apocalypse have arrived. Pestilence, War, Famine. Death has agreed to wait 100 years, allowing Archangel of Mercy, Tzadkiel, the chance to find one person of true compassion. If he fails, then the human race fails and Death will ride!

This is how MISERICORDE opens. Tension from the start.

What is known as the Gr
William Stuart
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Cynthia Morgan’s The Reviled a while back and enjoyed it tremendously. When Misericorde (Mercy Series Book One) came up on my Amazon recommendations, I knew I had to add it to my TBR list. Here are my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author):
It's the year 2446, and the first three Horsemen of Revelation's Apocalypse have ridden.

Pestilence, War and Famine have changed the world into a dictatorship ruled with an iron fist. Commoners have few rights, and liberty is a distant memory.

Before the fin
Nia Ireland
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an intense dystopian read set in the year 2446, three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have already wreaked havoc on the earth and before Death, the final horseman, takes his turn, the angel Tzadkiel visits the earth with 100 years to find a human who displays genuine compassion and mercy.

In this bleak world, it takes almost the full century for him to find such a person and has to go to extraordinary lengths to find her.

The world building in this novel is rich and far reaching,
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An interesting dystopian book to read when let's face it our own world seems to have gone crazy and every event seems to be reported evermore divisively, showing the wide cracks between the haves and have-nots.
The book is set far into the future. A select few live in comfort while the vast majority live in servitude and poverty. Damage to the environment has led to limited resources which are coveted and consumed by the wealthy minority. The three horsemen of the Apocalypse have already ridden t
Elizabeth Lavender
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book with its intriguing premise of the Archangel trying to find the one person who understands mercy in a world that has seemingly become completely devoid of it. I saw somewhere it had a Les Miserables feel to it and that alone had me taking a closer look as Les Miserables is one of my favorite novels. Misericorde did have some of that feel with a powerful group having no mercy in their crushing of a downtrodden people. Yet it was far worse treatment than that. This group had a ...more
Sean Helms
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Overall, I liked the book and the idea behind it with the angel of mercy amidst the riding of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse. A job well done with good descriptive detail of individuals and background of the dystopian world.
Lourdes is the name of the female protagonist...she struck me as a good, sweet Christian young woman stuck in a world full of brutality and evil. She was impossible not to like and root for while also feeling sorry for her worsening existence.
In my opinion, the author co
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is dystopian done right. The tone is dark, bleak, and yet there is light, a faint glimmer and one you worry for right from the first flicker. Before the final horseman, Death, is released, the angel of mercy, Tzadkiel, searches to find a human with true compassion in a world where the brutal side of humans is all that is shown. As it is looking like there is no reason to stay Death any longer, there is that flicker I mentioned. What Tzadkiel endures to this point and beyond is heartbreaking ...more
Mark Morey
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this well-written, dystopian fantasy story and finished it in just a few days, so much did it draw me in. In particular it was descriptive yet not burdened by description while almost all characters, even minor characters, were multi-dimensional and believable. I do have one or two reservations, the first is minor in that the phonetic translations of French aren't really correct. I also felt the violence and torture went on for too long, and while I don't mind dark stories I skipped th ...more
Gordon Bickerstaff
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended dark fantasy

This is a dark fantasy story set far in a dystopian future with touches of horror. World-building for the future is well-drawn and convincing, and humanity is paying the price for past mistakes and bad choices inflicted on the planet and its people. The ultimate price is waiting in the wings, but there is hope as the Archangel of Mercy seeks a saviour to redeem humanity, and prevent the arrival of the fourth horseman of The Apocalypse, Death. The thought-provoking
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Far in the future the face of our planet has changed. Pestilence, War, and Famine, the first three Horsemen of the Apocalypse have ridden, but the final horseman, Death, in on hold. Tzadkiel is the Archangel of Mercy, he is searching for just one human who remembers what mercy means in a world where it is pretty much every man, or woman for themselves. I thought the characters were compelling, and well written. The plot is thought provoking, and while I'm not a particularly religious person, I w ...more
Sibyl Mory
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a future nightmarish dystopian world nearly 100 years after the Great Cataclysm, Lourdes is a servant at The Bastion of Resolution where The Eminent Protectorate lives. She hears horrendous screams emanating from Tower Obligar, the place of torture. Tzadkiel has been given 100 years to find one person who can exhibit mercy, and thereby prevent the Apocalypse bringing down the final curtain. No spoilers, but there then ensues a gripping and imaginative story (with a clever melange of futuristi ...more
Paul Allard
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unusual post-apocalyptic fantasy novel.

First, a sort of spoiler: if rape and torture is too much for you, avoid this novel. It deals with a world of a small amount of privileged people and everybody else living in misery. Lourdes is a scullery maid who finds herself helping a torture victim. There’s far more to it than that but, without revealing too much, the reader will find some well-drawn characters, a bit too much description and a simple plot. It's a good enough read although it's a novel
Sydnie Beaupré
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book kept me up all night. The only issue I have is the way the author wrote the pronounciations of some of the French words, but that is because I speak French as a 2nd 1st language (Mom speaks only English dad speaks French and English but was raised in French).

Misericorde is truly an unputdownable book full of action and great writing. I was never bored! I won't give away the plot but let me just say that I love Tzadkiel. He is my newest book boyfriend
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this an a Kindle Unlimited book on Amazon. Great dystopian novel. Hard to describe. Look it up. Very satisfying read!
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Cynthia A. Morgan is an award-winning author; free-lance columnist, blogger, and poet. Author of the dystopian fantasy Mercy Series and the young adult fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, Morgan’s captivating tales serve as a backdrop for powerful messages like ‘show thankfulness through kindness and appreciate blessings through generosity’ and ‘the only way to achieve peace is by becoming peace’.

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