Coven of Mercy by Deborah Cooke

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Title: Coven of Mercy
Author: Deborah Cooke
In: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Medical, Vampires
Dates read: 29th March 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: But one kiss, one kiss was nothing.

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Dr Taylor is about to find out the true meaning of mercy. Taught by a man who has haunted her dreams for years, against the villain she has always fought.


I think if you talk to most people, you will find that cancer has impacted on them in some way, shape or form. Which means that there tends to be a whole heap of stories out there that feature cancer. What I wasn’t expecting was to find such a story in a collection of vampire romance tales… that kind of took me by surprise. In the best way possible.

I loved the play of mercy in this story. After all, everyone’s ideas and experiences of mercy are different. And this story was able to highlight that in a very few pages. The idea that each person’s experiences and needs for mercy are different. Actually, as the story unfolds, Rosemary’s ideals and experiences of mercy change too.

The naming of the chief protagonist as Rosemary was a final, nice touch to this story. Rosemary is used in funerals with Thyme (for remembrance I’m fairly certain) and I loved that a story which featured death as a mercy has a main character named for such…

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