By Day, Mercy Is A Car Mechanic In The Sprawling Tri Cities Of Eastern Washington By Night, She Explores Her Preternatural Side As A Shapeshifter With Some Unique Talents, Mercy Has Often Found Herself Having To Maintain A Tenuous Harmony Between The Human And The Not So Human This Time She May Get Than She Bargained ForMarsilia, The Local Vampire Queen, Has Learned That Mercy Crossed Her By Slaying A Member Of Her Clan And She S Out For Blood But Since Mercy Is Protected From Direct Reprisal By The Werewolf Pack And Her Close Relationship With Its Sexy Alpha , It Won T Be Mercy S Blood Marsilia Is AfterIt Ll Be Her Friends Patricia Briggs continues to impress me with her oh so expressive writing that conveys so much, so economically I am truly in awe of her talent Clearly I am very behind on this series It s not due to a lack of appeal, but due to my reading style and my review reading taking up a lot of my reading time But I do love knowing that I have a guaranteed read when I reach for one of her books.
Mercy is definitely near the top of my list of fictional characters I think I would love to have as a friend in real life Probably number one, if I m honest And not just because she s an excellent and trustworthy mechanic and I need one of those big time Mercy is a mix of real life traits humble, down to earth, courageous even in the face of fear, which is the true definition of courage , snarky, empathetic, observant, and very self deprecating While some readers don t like abuse storylines in their books, I don t mind them when they are done well Mercy shows so much strength and fortitude of character Her journey to recovery after her attack in Iron Kissed is realistic and inspiring I truly love this woman.
Briggs writes the kind of fantasy that grabs hold of me and doesn t let go She plants a garden of what seems like ordinary wildflowers, but exotic blooms that are far from ordinary grow in that garden, waiting to be plucked by a reader Briggs mixes shapeshifters, werewolves, fae, and vampires in an appealing way that doesn t leave out the inherent menace of all the various supernatural creatures With a coyote shifter narrator, the reader is fully along for the ride, as Mercy is the first to admit that being a coyote shifter doesn t always give her the advantage, but often puts her in a dangerous situation while she is immune to magic than most, she s not impervious Oh, and Briggs also throws in ghosts I must say that I was happy as a clam, since I love fantasy like a house on fire, but I also have an appreciation for old school classic horror and an old fashioned ghost story.
Can I take the time to gush over the men in Mercy s life Adam, Adam, Adam How I love you He is perfect for Mercy And I like that Mercy is starting to see past her emotional wounds and barriers to see him for who he is, her Mate Also, I love that Adam is so patient and loving about it, even though that is an act of hard won discipline He s very possessive, but not in a controlling, irritating way I love a possessive hero like a house on fire, but I find controlling, dominating men a turnoff Adam is just right for me I wish I had an Adam in real life He s very demonstrative that Mercy is his, but he s not trying to dictate to her every step she takes He s a true life partner.
If there was no Adam in the Mercy Thompson world, then I would definitely be all over Samuel I still love Samuel, very much I just don t love him for Mercy s mate I love him all on his own, and I hope he gets the Mate he needs one day He s a really cool character Sweet as pie, but also full of danger that makes the hair stand up on one s neck He seems serious, but has this mischievous sense of humor His calm facade hides a wild wolf that might never be tamed.
Bran is the Man, or rather, the Alpha of the Alphas Marrok He steals a scene, no matter who else is in it And that s saying something in this series I know Briggs has said she probably won t write a book with Bran as a main character I m sad and understanding of that He s such a mysterious and compelling figure, when he shows up, it s so satisfying but also tantalizing I can t love him I m always hungry for of him.
Stefan has actually grown on me quite a bit While I have become quite a vampire romance fan, I still prefer shifters weres to vampires, and I like that they take center place in this series But Stefan adds such a nice touch to this series While he insists on telling Mercy that he is a very bad man , his actions say otherwise I haven t decided who would play my Stefan, but it would have to be an actor with lots of presence I liked how Briggs develops Mercy s friendship with Stefan much in this book it was assumed at the beginning I have to say the vampire storyline makes my heart beat fast and gives me shivers They are truly menacing creatures.
The thing with Briggs is that no character is a throwaway Each one is carefully developed, even for their short presence in this book You feel everything even in a short scene that you should feel And while the characters might throw you for a loop at first, their motivations are apparent as the layers peel away.
I think that for the short length of this book, it s really a full meal Urban fantasy for the true lover of the genre Also, I think a good gateway to those who are investigating this genre for the first time Mercy by herself is enough to keep a reader hooked But the secondary characters, the plotting and storyline will have the reader staying for seconds and dessert.
Highly recommended I really liked this book, this series gets better and better actually The cast is filling out nicely, and although there were a few plot twists that were a little obscure, whatever Nice emotional arc for the character, I really enjoyed it, hardback purchase justified Mercy, mercy, Mercy Patricia Briggs latest Mercy Thompson novel Bone Crossed kept me on the edge of my seat, furiously reading to find out what happened next There s good news and bad news in Mercy s latest adventure and just when you think things will settle down, BAM, there s someone new looking to mess with Mercy s peace.
Mercy is still recovering from her brutal rape at the hands of a fae possessed wacko Mercy managed to kill the b %tard, but it will be a while before the psychological scars heal, if ever The good news is that she s finally decided to mate with Adam The bad news is she s not sure how long it will take before she can get close to him without a panic attack The good news is he s willing to wait and help her recover The bad news is her friend Stefan the vampire appears suddenly and close to real death, just having time to say She knows That means the vampire Queen is aware that Mercy managed to kill not one, but two of her creaturesand now she wants Mercy s blood, and not just for a snack.
I think my heart rate is still elevated after this one I have to rate this series as one of my absolute fave fantasies, right up there with Hamilton and Ward The difference with Briggs is that I let my sons read these stories PG fating A strong heroine, shapeshifters, fae they re NOT the fae from your childhood stories either , vampires, creatures of lore, and a pagan god or two make their way into Briggs stories and Mercy s worldand it all flows together smooth as silk Now I have to wait another year for my next fix February 2018 Reread Buddy read with Sarah and Erica January 2017 Re read Buddy read with SarahJanuary 2016 Re read Buddy read with Sarah I ve never really loved this book as much as the previous 2 in the series, before But this re read was different for me It was stronger here I appreciated the villain, and the story, and everything that was happening Mercy needed this time, needed this moment especially after the events of the last book And even though this is one of the worst villains she s faced yet it was, to me, a welcome reprieve after the heart wrenching moments in the last book Not that there aren t plenty of them here After all, one doesn t heal immediately from the events at the end of Iron Kissed.
Even though Mercy spends some time away from the Tri Cities, we get plenty of development with her relationships with everyone And I love that.
original Review Mercy s barely a week out from the tragic events that happened at the end of Iron Kissed when Stefan pops in at her feet, a blackened husk, whispering She knows With vampires stalking her steps and pressing vague attacks on the werewolves in her life, Mercy decides to take a trip to help a friend with a ghost Of course, it just couldn t be that simple and Mercy finds herself in a much scarier predicament.
Not quite as good as Blood Bound and Iron Kissed, but still a pretty solid read The mystery story line wasn t as appealing to me, but there s so much development with the characters Mercy and Adam in particular, with quite a bit from Stefan that I can t help but enjoy this every time.
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I enjoyed this book even during this re read This is definitely one of my all time favorite series and I honestly believe that everyone who hasn t read these books yet should run to the bookstore right away and buy them up This is the fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series and it picks up right after the events of the previous book It is really important that this series be read in order since some of the events are carried over from the previous book I really had a lot of fun with this audiobook.
On major focus of this Adam and Mercy s relationship They both really do care for each other and want to make things work I like how carefully they are with each other Mercy is a mess after the horrible events of the previous book and Adam is there for her He really wants to help with her pain and if he could I am sure he would take it away The mystery in the story is centered around vampires I like the vampires in this world so that works out well for me The local vampires have painted crossed bones on the door at her garage and she decides it would be a good idea to get out of town for a bit Her friend from college has a little problem with a ghost so Mercy goes to helpand runs into than she bargained for Stefan plays a large role in this book and really proved how much he cares for Mercy as well.
I love Lorelei King s narration of this series I am amazed by how well she voices all of these characters and keeps things consistent from book to book The emotional aspects of the story really come through during her narration I was able to listen to this book for hours at a time largely due to her wonderful delivery of this story Lorelei King is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators I would highly recommend this series to other This was my second time experiencing this book and I hope to read it again in the future It is really that good Initial ThoughtsLots of vampires in this one Mercy was awesome as always Review first posted on www.
com Mercy Thompson, a part Native American coyote shapeshifter or walker, and full time mechanic, is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of events in Iron Kissed, but at least she and the local werewolf Alpha, Adam, are on the right track now Unfortunately for them, their relationship plans promptly get interrupted Marsilia, the mistress of the local vampire clan or seethe I love that word , has found out that Mercy acted contrary to her orders in Blood Bound and is out now for Mercy s blood, quite literally Marsilia has a set of crossed bones painted on Mercy s garage door in magical, non removable paint that tells the supernatural world Mercy is a marked woman and free game All in all, it s a good time for Mercy to leave town for a few days while her werewolf friends try to negotiate a peaceful resolution with the vampires So when Mercy s old college friend, Amber, turns up on her doorstep asking for her to come visit and help with a ghost that s haunting her Spokane home, it seems like a heaven sent opportunity With all of Mercy s current issues with vampires, it seems Mercy and Adam to be helpful that there s only one vampire in the entire city of Spokane, one Jim Blackwood Surely Mercy won t come to Blackwood s notice But in reality, it s out of the frying pan and into the fire This fourth book in the MERCY THOMPSON series is my favorite one yet, with tight, intense plotting and an imaginative story line that deftly mixes together ghosts, vampire conspiracies and power games, and fae artifacts all playing role in the plot, along with Mercy s developing relationship with the long suffering Adam Despite all of these competing elements, the plot never gets confusing Patricia Briggs manages to blend these elements together in a way that not only makes sense but is deeply satisfying.
It s a particular strength in this series that Mercy as well as other characters don t get to simply dance through life without paying the fiddler Emotional and psychological problems aren t simply resolved within a week, wrapped up with a neat bow and put away forever In fact, one major issue that I had with Iron Kissed, that the ending too easily smoothed over a weighty personal issue of Mercy s, was resolved by the beginning of Bone Crossed, which casts that scene in a different light as the story continues from that same point One of the reasons the MERCY THOMPSON series is so appealing to me is the way that Briggs pulls in plot threads from prior books in the series Time and again, unforeseen consequences and fallout from incidents in previous books in the series resurface, as it becomes apparent that not only are there some loose ends from the past, but they re creating quite a tangle for Mercy and her friends Mercy is dealing with the second and third order effects of her past actions, which is fantastic writing as far as I m concerned Similarly, characters and iconic items that the reader is already familiar with, like a particular fae walking stick, reemerge to affect Mercy s life in new ways For example, her ability to see ghosts, which was previously a key element in Blood Bound, becomes relevant once again as she attempts to help her old friend Amber with a worrisome haunt, and then further develops into an integral part of Mercy s ongoing story Either Briggs has plotted out this series extremely carefully, or she s particularly gifted at reexamining prior books plots and finding intriguing ways to carry incidents, characters and themes forward In either case, it all feels very organic and natural, helping to create an unusual feeling of realism in this urban fantasy world.
After thinking about this some , I m upping my rating from 4 stars to 5 This book, and the series, deserves it.
Mercy s attempting to manage her panic attacks when she gets a surprise visit from her mom that unfortunately coincides with a drop in visit from Stefen, hungry and emaciated The wolves help Stefen, but it s the first sign that Marsilia, the vampire queen, knows about what happened to Andre in Blood Bound.
Mercy s business and the wolves will become targets as well Strangely, at the same time, a frenemy from college shows up at Mercy s door looking for help dealing with a ghost harassing her son For the good of all, Mercy decides to travel to Amber s home, with Stefen shadowing her as support in case she runs into the infamous vampire Blackwood.
The first time I read this, pacing felt very irregular to me But that s kind of a bonus, as series tend towards predictable arcs Still, there s some strange authorial choices Stefan, Mercy s mom and Amber all showing up at the same time Peculiar, and the sort of stuff that says hello, red herring to the reader in an overly dramatic way The relationship progresses in generally positive ways Adam gives Mercy than enough space, except late in the book when he panics I thought it a nice balancing act of characterization, as it avoids the perfect boyfriend imperfect girlfriend baloney and shows that Adam makes mistakes as well.
Once again, except for surface conversations with frenemy Amber, Mercy has no real female bonding moments Everyone and thing is male If it s female, it is not a friend Seriously, Briggs What s with the authorial choice there Reading these stories back to back makes it painfully obvious that there s some odd mental schism in the author s world I think it ended up contributing to me dropping the series, because in between life threatening events, it s mostly about Mercy s emotions surrounding her male relationships All that said, Marsilia continues as one of the most fascinating and complex characters, even if she s prefer to see Mercy dead.
Three and a half stars, rounding down because women.