O.k. so I'm still trying to catch my breath! I just finished reading....and that was...scary.
This book was a pretty complete departure from the others in the series but, still classic PB and expertly written in that wonderful voice she uses for her characters.
The first difference in this book from the others was that it pretty much all Adam and Mercy all the time. That was cool with me because I love, love them together and I can't get enough. The hottness of their honeymoon was mostly just alluded to rather than described which was a little diappointing to me. I know this is not a series like that and I wouldn't want it to be but, there have been some pretty hot scenes in the past and I would have liked one for the honeymoon! (See end of Silver Borne...woo-wee) It was nice to see a different, less tough side of the both of them and see how in love they are with one another. The wedding was perfect A and M. LOVED IT!!
The next difference was the supporting characters were all pretty much new comers to the Mercy universe. In the begining there was a little interaction with the series regulars. (Stefan!! Yea!!) However the meat of the story was told out of the Tri-Cities and away from those we all know and love. Now that said these new characters were likable and many pretty well developed. One in particular left me wanting more....and I think that will be delivered. I always felt Mercy not knowing more about her "Walker" heritage was dangerous and she was able to gain some insight and will possibly gain some more. Wow..that was one scary critter, the scariest Mercy had ever faced maybe, she had me biting my nails!
My only complaint with the book, the only thing that kept it from the coveted 5 star review from me was the absence of the regulars spacifically, Samuel. Where on earth was he...he didn't even have much of a part in the wedding. No words of wisdom, no toast...come on I needed something from him. There was one tiny hint at his relationship with the fae woman, nothing more on that. I needed to know Samuel was alright after the events in Silver Borne.
I love, love this series! All I can say is PB write faster, PLEASE!!! This is an intelligent, action filled, kick ass series with a heroine you can be proud of. Start at the begining with Moon called and you won't be sorry you did!!
Why are all the good books such quick reads? Why can I finish a book I love in no time at all and then have to wait a year, or more!, to read the next installment? Why can't the authors of books I love focus only on the series I enjoy and crank out book after book all year long? This is how I feel about the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. (Although, to be honest, I also enjoy Briggs' Alpha & Omega series, so she'll need to start splitting her time between the two :)
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6) is a book I'd been waiting to read for quite a while. It had been almost a year since Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5) and I was dying to catch up with Mercy, Adam, Stefan, Zee and the Pack. Things open with Mercy under considerable stress regarding her impending wedding. Her mother's continued outrageous suggestions leave Mercy crying for, well, mercy. She decides that she and Adam should get married right away, before the planned wedding, without all the bells and whistles. Mercy's simple ceremony turns into a rather pleasant surprise provided by her family and friends--OK, maybe that was a bit of a spoiler, but I didn't tell everything. The real action starts when Mercy and Adam leave for their honeymoon--outside forces have even managed to manipulate where they honeymoon, but Adam assures her that they are in the area for a reason and that the reason will show itself soon enough and, sure enough, it does. At least they get a few days of peace before Mercy finds herself facing a Native American river monster that is terrorizing the area. She and Adam connect with a very interesting group of Native Americans to try and set things right.
What I liked most about this book is that Mercy finally connects with her father's side. She finds out a lot about her father and gains some powerful allies in the Native American world. This is the first time the reader really gets to see this side of Mercy, where her magic comes from and where her roots lay. I also really enjoyed the bond between Mercy and Adam. We get to see them as a couple, without work or pack business getting in the way. Their relationship is explored and explained on new and different levels and they really hone their communication skills. The story is great--lots of action and magic involved, including new magical elements for Mercy to explore. Overall, I really enjoyed River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6), it's a great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. I hope Patricia Briggs is busy writing the next Mercy Thompson book because I can't wait to read it!!
For anyone out there unfamiliar with this series, start with Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1). Once you've started the series, you won't be able to put it down! Also, check out Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega, Book 1), a companion series to the Mercy Thompson series which focuses on one of Mercy's pack mates from her childhood.
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*warning* a huge torrent of gushing admiration about to commence...
I now understand people who are so blinded by their love of an author, they truly believe they can write no wrong (listen closely Lisa Kleypas fans) The eye rolling is over, I am officially capitulating and stand repentant... I am now one of you - with Patricia Briggs. I love everything about the way she writes. Her Mercedes Thompson series is humorous, suspenseful, touching, warm, scary, inventive, romantic - everything, just everything I love in a story! Even with six of them now under her belt, the quality is never better.
In River Marked, Mercedes and Adam's relationship is given the much needed attention it deserves. Briggs ability to write a couple so real yet so sigh-worthy while keeping their animal natures in tact is incredible. They are both strong characters, allowed to be even stronger through their love for each other. While the plot-line of a water monster was not as riveting to me as others have been, the interest and page-turning suspense was still present right along with the touch of humor that makes Mercedes such a beloved character.
I got this book from the library and WOW, it was awesome!!
This time ~ Mercy and Adam are fresh off their wedding (think of this as their honeymoon) and Adam takes Mercy off into the wilderness so they can get back to nature. This "nature" excursion is more like a high class campground and the owner is a customer of Adams and he is there to test things out before its grand opening. But when the Fae get involved and the Walking Stick shows up, the craziness begins!
Mercy learns a bit about her heritage and her magical background which fills in some gaps that were missing from previous books.
I dont want to spoil it, but the story is gooooooood and Briggs does not disappoint!
I hope Patricia Briggs never tires of this book series. I really enjoy Mercy and Adam's world. Learning more of Mercy's background and heritage leads to many more possibilites. I can't wait for the next book.