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Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Title: Bone Crossed

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #4)

Publication Date: January 26, 2010

Format: Paperback, 287 Pages

ISBN-10: 044101836X (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0441018369 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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 more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, 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 after.

It’ll be her friends’.

Quick & Dirty: Emotional fourth installment where Mercy must face her inner demons and some really terrible, terrible vampires.

Opening Sentence: I stared at my reflection in the mirror.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Bone Crossed is the fourth novel in the Mercy Thompson series. It picks up right at the end of Iron Kissed. And when I say right at that point, the conversation that Mercy and Adam are having at the end is repeated at the beginning because Mercy’s night with Adam isn’t over that easily. The night ends up having even crazier events along with Mercy’s mother, Stefan and a long lost “friend” showing up.

The vampires have found out that Mercy killed a fellow vampire without permission. Mercy now has a target on her back along with Stefan for keeping the secret. Hoping to keep the peace, Mercy travels to Spokane to help her old college roommate with a ghost problem. This ghost acts unlike any ghost Mercy has ever met before and she doesn’t know how to solve the problem. Mercy troubles don’t stop there, she manages to meet the only vampire in Spokane.

Mercy unwittingly gets drawn into a tragic story of power and death. At the same time, Mercy also conquers some of her fears in her personal life. This novel has a lot going on and everything isn’t as it seems. The various stories that play out will surprise you in the end because they are all not as they seem and as much as Mercy tries to figure out the different plays at work it is nothing like she would have ever thought.

Mercy is dealing with a very terrible personal situation which she is fighting the demons. Mercy is an emotional character. She doesn’t like to admit she cries but she does. She acts tough and even mentally focuses herself even though she is terrified on the inside. She is suffering from panic attacks. Adam helps Mercy as best he can without trying to push her because he knows that anything must be done with Mercy’s permission and trust. One thing I do know is that Mercy can take a licking and keep on ticking much to her enemies’ disappointment.

Bone Crossed is an emotional novel not only does it deal with the situation Mercy was put in in the last book and it just shows how terrible and prejudiced people can be. Some of the wolves decide that they just can’t accept Mercy because she is coyote. The vampires are just truly awful creatures.

Overall, Mercy Thompson is an awesome series. It deals with some tough issues but it shows how resilient people can be. This was also my second time reading Bone Crossed and I still loved it the second time through even with all the emotions. I can’t wait to see what Mercy does next!

Notable Scene:

I got up and picked the car up. “Can you do that again?” I asked, setting the car back on the top of the bookcase.

I knelt beside Chad and looked at him so he could see my mouth. “It just made that car fall off. We’re all going to watch and see if it can do it again.”

Silenced by the car’s fall, Corban sat down next to Chad and put a hand on his shoulder—and we all watched the car turn slowly in place, then fall off the back of the bookcase.

Then the bookcase fell facedown on the floor, right on top of Chad’s plastic ocean fleet. I caught a glimpse of someone standing there, hands up, then nothing—and the sweet-salt smell of blood that I’d been smelling since I first entered the room faded away.

Mercy Thompson Series:

1. Moon Called

2. Blood Bound

3. Iron Kissed

4. Bone Crossed

5. Silver Borne

6. River Marked

7. Frost Burned

8. Night Broken

9. Fire Touched

10. Silence Fallen

FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of Bone Crossed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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