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Review: 36. River Marked by Patricia Briggs...

March 18, 2011
I love love LOVE Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, and couldn't wait to read River Marked... Alas, I did have to wait, but I did (finally) get my hands on a copy and inhaled it. I'm so going to read it again, when I find some extra time...

river marked
Title: River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6)
Author: Patricia Briggs
ISBN-13: 9780441019731
Hardover: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group, 2011
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Purchased

drey's thoughts:
This newest installment in Patricia Briggs' popular Mercy Thompson series focuses on Mercy & Adam's relationship, and on Mercy's background. Who was her father, really? All she's ever known was what her mother told her. But then she meets a shaman who challenges her assumptions of her heritage. And drops a doozy of a revelation on her. Or does he?

Character: Mercy and Adam have gotten to the next part of their character growth--that of being a couple. Being able to trust that there's someone who has her back is something that Mercy has to work at, since she's used to being solitary more often than not. And I like the Mercy that emerges in River Marked. She's carefree, she laughs and giggles, you can almost feel her happiness radiating off the pages. I mean, seriously, she giggles! *grin*

I've always been an Adam fan, so 'nuff said. He's still yummy, and he's still taking care of my gal Mercy. Stefan needs a bit of a knock-down to get his head straight after the chaos from Bone Crossed (so of course Mercy provides it), and Jesse, Kyle, and Warren make an appearance. But otherwise, that's it for those we've grown to know and love--there's a new group of characters introduced here, and the one who stands out most is Coyote (because really, who else could it be, when Coyote's around??). I really enjoyed the Native American folklore that is infused into River Marked, I can't wait to see where the story goes from here.

Pace & Plot: This being a Mercy story, you know there's a whole lot of danger liberally sprinkled throughout. Why start making it easy for Mercy now? And indeed, the baddie here is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. Somehow, though, the baddie didn't get me all spooked and watching over my shoulder, like some of the previous villains have. Maybe because it just seemed so impossible to defeat? I don't know. All I can say is, in between laughing at Mercy giggling, smirking at Stefan's humor resurfacing, getting caught up in the Coyote-storyline and the baddie's appearances, you'll be glued to the pages until you get to the back cover. And then you'll be mad that you read it so fast and now have to wait for the next one. *sigh*

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent!!

Have you read River Marked? What did you think?


wheels209 said...

Hey Drey,
Will you have time to read this book again??? I have my doubts but we shall see??? Lol!!! Good Luck my friend. I am reading Turncoat. I needed a good dose of Harry Dresden for a good laugh. What a great book. I can't put it down.

Have a great weekend.

drey said...

lol Steve. Thanks for your confidence... :P But yeah, I probably won't get around to it for a while, I still have a pile to get through, and my new job's demanding! Dang it. :)

I can't wait for the next Dresden book to come out... I think it's next month, which is ALMOST here!! o.O

wheels209 said...

Hey Drey,
The release date for the new Dresden book is not until July my friend. I know huge bummer!! I will not read Changes until the new book comes out. I have heard that Changes has a cliffhanger that would drive me batty. Although some of my friends would say that I am already batty, in a good way I hope?? I will leave that for you to decide. Oh please be kind I am very fragile. lol!!!

Thanks for the above comment. It is always good to hear from you. Take care.

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