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The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

By: Megan Bannen
Narrated by: Michael Gallagher,Rachanee Lumayno
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Summary

The Princess Bride meets You've Got Mail in this enchantingly quirky, completely refreshing fantasy with a rom-com-worthy premise, perfect for listeners of The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Hart is a marshal, tasked with patrolling the magical wilds of Tanria. It's an unforgiving job, and he's got nothing but time to ponder his loneliness.

Mercy never has a moment to herself. She's been single-handedly keeping Birdsall & Son Undertakers afloat in defiance of sullen jerks like Hart-ache Hart, the man with a knack for showing up right when her patience is thinnest.

After yet another run-in with Merciless Mercy, Hart finds himself penning a letter addressed simply to "A Friend". Much to his surprise, he receives an anonymous reply, and a tentative friendship is born. Little does Hart know he's baring his soul to the person who infuriates him most...

Set in a world equally full of magic and demigods as it is donuts and small-town drama, this utterly unique fantasy is sure to sweep you off your feet.

©2022 Megan Bannen (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic reviews

"Romantic, wildly creative, and utterly charming, The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy is a fantasy unlike any I've read before." (Lana Harper, author of Payback's a Witch)

"A uniquely charming mixture of whimsy and the macabre that completely won me over." (Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient)

"An unabashedly offbeat adventure." (Freya Marske, author of A Marvellous Light)

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I loved this

I find it quite difficult to find books I really love, and I took a chance on this one after searching through Audible. I'm so glad I did! I loved this! I loved the characters and found the story really lovely to listen to. I love a romance but find normal 'chick lit' books boring. My favourite romances are set in an interesting world with much more going on than just the romance storyline, and this book really delivered that. I found Hart so endearing and was really rooting for him.

I want to hear more from this author!!

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Wasn't expecting to be that good!

Well it was unexpectedly good. (No-for-a-reason)-enemies to lovers isn't usually my cup of tea but this story really worked for me. First of all, I appreciated that the MCs where on their thirties and it wasn't another YA romance. Both the MCs and the secondary characters where very likable and relatable. I liked how the book touched topics as loneliness, life and death and family bonds. My favorite -of course- was Hart. He was ticking all the right boxes. The narrator matched perfectly the character. I laughed out loud with Hart's - Bassareus dialogs. The world building was beautifully done without wore you out with useless details or having holes. All in all a great listening for me that I totally recommend.

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Original and captivating

Hats off to the narraters, they were phenomenal in bringing Hart and Mercy to life.
Megan Bannen has written a completely original story - I haven't enjoyed a story this much in a long time, thank you for reminding me why I LOVE reading.

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Amazing!

I loved the story, the narrators, characters and well, everything! All the freaking stars!!! It was a perfect fantasy romcom that tugged on my heartstrings <3

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Female narrator is awful to my ears, sounds like it’s being read by a screenreader voice until she gets to a part where someone is speaking. There’s no life in it, gave up and will read in text format instead.