River Marked

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River Marked

Mercy Thompson, Book 6

Mercy Thompson has always known she’s different, and it has nothing to do with the way she can make Volkswagen engines sit up and beg. She’s a shapeshifter who becomes a coyote, courtesy of a father she’s never met. Mercy has never known any others of her kind…until now…

An ancient evil stirring in the depths of the Columbia River will bring Mercy together with some of her father’s people, who know something about it. To have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, Adam, the alpha werewolf, will need their help……

River Marked by Patricia Briggs is the highly anticipated sixth book in the Mercedes Thompson urban fantasy series, and it did not disappoint! I was very happy to see that Ms. Briggs brought back several characters from the previous books. I immediately found myself immersed in this installment, which is a story told in two parts.

In the first part of the book we find Mercy dealing with life. She visits Stefan, an old friend she hasn’t seen in months and discovers that he’s been suffering some sort of breakdown and even though Mercy doesn’t like vampires she knows that Stefan is unusual in his world. Determined to help him remain one of the good guys, she makes arrangements for him to get the kind of help he will need. Mercy is also dealing with her impending marriage to Adam Hauptman, the alpha of the local werewolf pack. While Mercy is looking forward to her marriage to Adam, she’s not dealing with the wedding plans or her mother’s involvement very well. I really enjoyed this part of the story as I have wanted Mercy and Adam together since we first met them and have enjoyed the developing romance throughout the series.

The second part of the story finds Mercy and Adam on their honeymoon in a camper by the Columbia River. As they spend more time together, their relationship continues to bloom. Things are going smoothly until Mercy discovers the camper was a loan from Uncle Mike, one of the local fae. Mercy knows that gifts from the fae always have some kind of price. Soon she and Adam find themselves in yet another adventure dealing with a new kind of fae and an ancient evil. She also finds herself face to face with her shapeshifter past. In this part of the story Ms. Briggs finally provides both Mercy and the readers with the whole back-story on Mercy’s father and how Mercy came to be who and what she is. If you’re not into Indian legends, this part of the story may move a little slowly for you but I found it fascinating and highly entertaining. The secondary characters that are introduced in this section were unusual and well incorporated into the story. I especially liked “Old Joe Coyote”, who turned out to be very important. The action picks back up when Mercy, Adam and their new “shapeshifter” friends have to face the evil in the river and deal with it. And as usual Mercy ends up in the thick of things, saving the day.

I loved the conclusion of the story and what Mercy discovers about herself and her heritage. I'm curious as to whether or not we will see more of “Old Joe Coyote” now that he’s been introduced into Mercy’s current life and also wonder if Mercy has reached her full potential as a shapeshifter. As usual, I’m somewhat patiently pacing the floor waiting for the next installment in one of my all time favorite series. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Briggs takes Mercy and Adam next and I look forward to seeing more of the secondary characters I have come to love.  

Book Blurb for River Marked

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...

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 4.75