Mar 8, 2011

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Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Mercedes Thompson #6)

Urban Fantasy
March 1 2011
Hardcover
326 pages
Ace Publishing
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Mercedes Thompson
Yummy Man – Adam Hauptman

From Goodreads
“Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…”

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It’s time to celebrate because River Marked, book six in Patricia Briggs’ ‘Mercy Thompson’ series, is finally available in stores.  I love this series and have been really looking forward to seeing where Patricia takes us next.

In this installment we follow Mercy and Adam as they go away together.  That’s right.  No pack, no vampires, no fae.  Just Mercy and Adam.  Okay…well we do see the Pack and the others a bit, and there are other characters who are introduced, but it’s still mostly Adam and Mercy.  These two together are fantastic.  Absolutely one of the best couples I’ve ever read.  They are so in sync, yet there is still enough mystery to keep things fresh and slightly unpredictable.  There are no awkward moments because they are comfortable with and confident in the love they have for one another.  And as always the dialogue, the banter, even the tender and touching moments that we witness between Adam and Mercy were all written wonderfully.  Patricia did a beautiful job with these two.

Speaking of beautiful, the wedding scene is just amazing.  Yes, there is a wedding.  No, I won’t tell you who gets married.  But I swear my heart fluttered a few times and tears may have escaped my eyes while I read that scene.  It was lovely.  Perfect.

This book finally brings us information about Mercy and her Native American roots.  Actually, this book answers questions I never knew I had about Mercy.  I guess I just assumed that I knew what I was supposed to know about her and that was fine.  But I really enjoyed reading about the Native Folklore and meeting Coyote.  He was a great read.  Wise and a little cocky, he made me smile.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve always found the Native culture to be fascinating.  Maybe it’s because I grew up right across the river from a Native Reservation.  Maybe it’s because in Canada, the Native people played such an important part in our heritage and we learn about them in school and in our National Museums.  Whatever the reason, that Patricia brought that touch of Folklore to this book, with such richness and importance, really made it that much more for me.

I was glad to have a little peek at ‘happy’ Samuel and I would love to see him get a novella or something  –  I’d love to see his character away from Mercy and see him with his new lady friend.  Another character that intrigued me in River Marked was Charles.  He was mentioned quite often and what was said about him made me want to read the ‘Alpha & Omega’ series that Patricia writes (which is his series).  And I will.  I have those books in my book closet and will pick them up eventually for sure.

I also found myself quite amused by the walking stick.  It’s just a fae stick but in the past few books, it’s taken on a life of its own.  It’s practically a character!  I found how it was written into this book to be excellent and where it ends up…just right.

While reading River Marked, I couldn’t get over how easily I was going along.  I swear I had just started it and the next thing I knew, I was at page 124!  That got me thinking…  Why is it that some books take a while longer to get into then others?  Then it hit me (I couldn’t believe how I’d never thought of this before).  When you are reading the sixth book in a well-established and well-written series (such as this Mercy Thompson series), you are reconnecting with familiar characters in a familiar setting.  The author doesn’t need to go on and on setting up her world or introducing us to the main players in her story.  We know them already therefore we can just jump right in and enjoy where the book will take us.  It’s wonderful…and this book was wonderful.

Overall, as you can tell, I really really enjoyed this book.  The relationship between Adam and Mercy… *sigh* If only we could all have an Adam in our lives.  Still no word on when book 7 will be out, but that’s okay.  This installment will have me smiling for quite some time.  Especially that wedding scene.  Just perfect.  Oh, and that letter… *sighs…wipes eyes*

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’We try to give you the air you need to breathe, Mercy.  But it is hard.  You are so fragile and –‘
‘Rash?’  I offered.  ‘Stupid?’  I have a newly minted brown belt in karate, and I fix cars for a living.  Only in comparison to a werewolf am I fragile.
‘Not at all,’ he disagreed… ‘Your ability to survive anything that gets thrown at you sometimes leaves the rest of us swallowing ulcer medication for days afterward.  I don’t like the taste of Maalox.’”
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“’Do you often have dreams like that?  About people you don’t know?’
‘No,’ I told him.  ‘Usually the people I do know are sufficient to spawn any number of nightmares without inventing any.’”
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“When you are a werewolf, I thought, it’s a little hard to point at another predator, and shout, ‘It’s a scary monster, kill it!  Kill it!’”

Books in the Mercy Thompson series –
Moon Called
Blood Bound
Iron Kissed
Bone Crossed
Silver Borne
River Marked

  1. Great review! You’ve persuaded me to buy the first book in this series now! Damn you Julie! lol 🙂 I especially like that she’s with Adam as I liked Adam from reading Alpha and Omega series so hopefully I’ll like this series too maybe by book 2 or 3 if I can get into the 1st one lol.
    So thanks 🙂

  2. I had to skim this review, because I’ve just decided to give this series another go. But I’m glad to see that it’s still great even at book 6, this helps make my decision that much easier!

  3. Will get this one soon enough 🙂 I can’t wait to get more Adam and Mercy

  4. Ally – Wow, took long enough! I’ve only gushed about every book in this series on my blog… I can’t wait to see what you think!

    Jess – I forgot that you didn’t click with this series before…

    blodeuedd – Can’t wait to read your review. 🙂

  5. I just finished River Marked today – loved it! I want more Stefan though…

  6. I strongly recommend Alpha & Omega. Just make sure you read the novella that starts it off before you start on the novels. It is very focused on the relationship between Charles and Anna, even more so than the Mercy books are focused on Adamand Mercy. I think Patty Briggs writes some of the best relationships in UF.

  7. I definitely will be picking up book one in this series!

  8. Patti – I’m glad we got what he got from Stephan though, but you’re right. More is always good.

    Jen – I have been told about the novella before, but now I’ll be sure to read it first. Thanks!

    Nova Sparks – If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, you’ll truly enjoy this series. 🙂

  9. The novella is all about how Charles and Anna meet and if you don’t read it, I think the first novel might feel kind of abrupt and you’d definitely be missing a big chunk of backstory. Anyway, I love the whole series – I reread it frequently.

  10. YES! so glad you loved this one too! Adam and Mercy rocks!!

  11. Love the review Julie! I’ve seen so many people posting reviews on this book and it just keeps reminding me how I really need to read this series because everyone enjoys it so much! Maybe this will be added to my summer reading list, when I can read a lot more!

  12. Larissa – They do rock!

    Deanna – You have to try this series. It’s just a very well written UF series. Very well written. 🙂

  13. I enjoyed this one. I liked the change of pace. Nice review.

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