The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy is a true ‘romantasy'; a bit of an enemies to lovers tale, set in a weird and wonderful fantasy world. Having said that it isn’t like any fantasy romance I’ve read before, no quests, fae or lost royalty. The storyline felt more like a romance with only really the setting revealing the fantastical elements. There is also a mystery element to the story which centres around those fantasy features.
The story is told through the point of view of both Mercy, a sunshiney, vintage loving undertaker, and Hart, a grumpy, friendless marshal, who is also a demigod. The two characters start off loathing each other, and the bickering between them is fantastic. The romance that develops is so sweet and had me grinning like a loon and hugging the book to my chest.
After the halfway point, the mystery in the story takes a bit more of a primary focus. This is compelling and intriguing, not just the mystery itself but also working out the intricacies of this fantasy world. This is the only point that I felt needed something, a map or a glossary at the beginning would have really helped me visualise everything my brain sometimes tripped over. It wasn’t enough to detract from the story though, and didn’t even hinder me enough to lose that five star magic this book definitely had.
I absolutely loved this book, the characters are wonderful and the story had be laughing and crying. A definite five stars from me, and I can’t wait to read it again!
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Genre: Fantasy Romance
Tropes: Grumpy x Sunshine | Dual POV | Mystery | Dancing with Death