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I Belong

Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Title: River Marked

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #6)

Publication Date: January 31, 2012

Format: Paperback, 291 Pages

ISBN-10: 0441020003 (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0441020003 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip – and the pimped-out trailer they’re using – is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached…

Being a different breed of shapeshifter – a walker – Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River – and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil…

Quick & Dirty: Mercy gets married and goes on her honeymoon in this installment which is a bit slower to set up than usual as people manipulate her into doing their dirty work.

Opening Sentence: Under the glare of streetlights, I could see that the grass of Stefan’s front lawn was dried to yellow by the high summer heat.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

River Marked is the sixth novel in the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series by Patricia Briggs. In this novel, you think Mercy is able to finally settle down and get married to the werewolf love of her life but life just can’t be that easy for Mercy, especially when the fae decide to manipulate her honeymoon with Adam. I really love this series and I love how unexpected and different the challenges that Mercy must go up against because nothing ever plays out like I would expect it too.

Roughly six months have passed since the events of Silver Borne, Mercy is busy planning her wedding with Adam and cleaning up from her trailer having been burned down. She hasn’t had much time for her other friends in life when she decides it is about time that she check in on Stefan. He isn’t doing well but Mercy’s swift kick in the butt helps. Mercy is about to have a panic attack about her wedding when she decides to do a spur of the moment wedding because she can’t take the planning or her mother any longer.

The theme of this novel could possibly be ‘subtle manipulations’ because Mercy didn’t see that her wedding would turn out like it did even though everyone else did and then the honeymoon… outside forces putting Mercy in the right place at the wrong time. Or it could be right time? The situation just continues to get worse with time. Mercy and Adam go camping for their honeymoon and what they don’t realize at the time is that people are disappearing at an alarming rate. A dark evil is controlling and eating whole families. Mercy is marked by this creature, will she also become a slave? One thing we do know about Mercy is that magic has a weird effect on her.

This novel focuses a lot more on Mercy’s background and her Indian heritage. She learns the surprising truth of her father. What I really love most about this novel was meeting the other supernatural types and knowing that Mercy isn’t really so alone. And when someone whose name starts with C shows up, I couldn’t help but laughing at the humor even though the situation was quite deadly.

River Marked is possibly the most ominous book in the series so far. Mercy is up against something that has a very high kill rate. The sacrifices that will have to be made could come at a high cost. This novel is a bit slower than others especially in the beginning with Mercy’s wedding and then setting up the mysterious bad guy that she goes up against in the end.

I will continue to sing the praises of this series, it has it all: Laughter, Heartache, Tears, Companionship and more. The world continues to grow along with the story, hence the only knowing of fae when the series began and now the world knows that werewolves are also a reality. Mercy continues to fight for those she feel are hers even though those people may not think so but she just can’t sit back and continue to watch as more people die. These stories are more on the dark side without being graphic.

Notable Scene:

“What can you tell me about the thing in the river?” I asked finally.

He made a rude sound. “I can tell you she’s not a poor misunderstood creature. Gordon is right. She’s Hunger, and she won’t be satisfied until she consumes the world.”

She. That answered several things. There was only one. That seemed more manageable than a swarm of monsters that could bite a woman in half and make a man shoot Adam.

“How big is it?” I asked.

He looked at me and poked his tongue into his cheek. “You know? That’s a good question. I think we ought to find out.”

And he knocked me into the river.

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 River Marked. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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