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Powerless - S.A. McAuley You know how every great series has that one book where the other shoe drops, and shit hits the fan? Where someone took your heart and crushed it into dust (a la Regina from Once Upon A Time)? I'm thinking [b:Afterimage|8164593|Afterimage (In the Company of Shadows, #2)|Santino Hassell|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344218923s/8164593.jpg|13009809], [b:Special Forces - Mercenaries Part I|7909618|Special Forces - Mercenaries Part I (Special Forces, #2 part 1)|Aleksandr Voinov|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1269463879s/7909618.jpg|11183462], [b:Death of a Pirate King|4768530|Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English Mystery, #4)|Josh Lanyon|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327948349s/4768530.jpg|19427683], or perhaps [b:First Against the Wall|7937238|First Against the Wall (The Administration, #6)|Manna Francis|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1272495303s/7937238.jpg|11343375].

Well, Powerless was pretty much that for The Borders War. We see unimaginable events unfold. There's surprise, suspense, feelings of desperation, of denial and betrayal. And of course, you can't feel betrayal without some inkling of love. Gosh, so much love that I felt myself brimming with almost-tears (it was way to late in the night for me to start crying!). We see a soldier of 36 years become one of the finest in this war, experience his downfall, and witness who comes out of the settling ashes.

It was painful.

It was beautiful.

I hated it.

I couldn't see it any other way.

The world for Merq has suddenly become a bigger place. We explore more into secondary characters, which was a good and bad thing. Good, because it adds more character to Merq himself while widening the interesting cast members. Bad, because there was few physical Merq x Armise time (so prepare!).

The plot felt like it was getting a bit out of hands, but the author was able to reign it back in, making it come to a full circle. While I felt the series up to this point feel more futuristic/dystopian, Powerless seemed to add a very strong "science fiction" presence that was missing in the other books.

So anyways, I really liked this book, despite the man pain I went through. I am pleasantly surprised with how much Merq has changed throughout this series, especially in Powerless. All I can say is that the next book better have more Merq & Armise time, or I'm gonna end up ripping my hair (or heart) out!