Powerless by S.A. McAuley ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

Powerless is the conclusion of The Border Wars trilogy. I think.

powerlessTitle: Powerless (The Border Wars #3)

Author:  S.A. McAuley

Publisher:  Totally Bound

Rating:  3 out of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

Merq and Armise return to the States after their mission to assassinate the remaining Committee members only to find the leadership of the Revolution isn’t as stable as they had thought.

Outside forces come crashing down on a Revolution stronghold, leaving two of their soldiers gravely wounded. Merq’s history with his brothers in arms Simion and Neveed forces him into making decisions that will impact his future with the Revolution.

Merq has always identified as a soldier first. Always known who deserved his loyalty and who didn’t. But with the uncertainty surrounding the leadership of the Revolution, the mysterious disappearance of the jacquerie and increased activity with the PsychHAgs, Merq knows there are few people he can trust.

The only man Merq wants or needs at his side is Armise Darcan. But his reliance on his former enemy may be a miscalculation that will threaten everything Merq stands for.

Reader Advisory: This book contains reference to genetic experimentation on children.

My View

Our contemporary geopolitical climate, or some derivation thereof, has been transformed into a dystopian society 500 years in the future for this trilogy. Two peripatetic mercenaries were cast as our saviors with the looming question of where one of their loyalties ultimately lies. Are either worthy of such a moniker? These are the questions we’ve been seeking answers to throughout this series.

The power dynamics between governments and behind the scenes machinations are handled superbly. The romance between Merq and Armise I continue to see as playing second fiddle to the action/adventure storyline. What’s more, I feel like I was told they were in love rather than shown it. A feeling was only exacerbated by the fact that Merq and Armise spend the majority of Powerless apart with Merq traversing his own personal hell.

I think this could’ve been ameliorated to a certain extent if we were given dual perspectives, but this entire trilogy has been told through Merq. I concede that it probably would take some of the oomph out of the climatic event, but on the other hand, I think it would’ve shown the reader their relationship progression, development and depth. It would’ve been nice to know if Armise was suffering the toll of loneliness as deeply as Merq.

Many questions are tied up nicely, but there is an undeniable open ending which left me with a feeling of incompleteness and slight dissatisfaction despite its hopeful tone. The writing is sound as is the political message; it’s just lite on the romance which is what I was after.

note the from the reviewer: My sincere apologies to Ms. McAuley for mistakenly believing The Border Wars was a trilogy.

Where to Buy

Totally Bound




I’d like to thank Totally Bound for providing me with a review copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

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