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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review of River Marked By Patricia Briggs

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)

Title: River Marked
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 6
Author: Patricia Briggs

Official Synopsis
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...
My Review
I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, especially the Mercy Thompson series, but this book fell short. I hate to say it, but it was the worst book of the series - not terrible - but definitely now in par with the other 5 extraordinary books that was before it.
Let's start with the bad news:
It took at least 60 pages of dull reading to finally get to the real action. Instead of the normal start-off action, we received the overly long catch-up on what happened (none of which was very interesting), a few happy moments (here comes the bride!), then the history of her heritage. While I enjoyed the intro into her Native American roots, it was sometimes overly written and unnecessarily long. I also missed the rest of the gang who is missing for much of the book.
The good news
After the first half of the book, the action starts and you are reminded of why you love the series and Mrs. Briggs writing so much. You go from dull to over-time action when Mercy and Adam encounter a sea creature who marks Mercy and many of the residents near Columbus River. A person who is river marked does the creature bidding and soon the murders are adding up and in the middle of it all is Mercy with Adam by her side. Mercy can see visions of the murders and right now the creature has it's sights set on one person - Mercy. She is stronger than the rest of the river marked people, but she needs help and that's where the Native Americans come into play. They reside by the river and have a close connection to Mercy, closer than she realizes. Her father was one of them and one person in particular knows all about him - Coyote. He not only knew her father, he also knows how to defeat the creature. Coyote heads up the team set out to destroy the sea creature, including many of the old Spirits, but it will costs many their lives. With innocents dying and the creature in Mercy's thoughts, can they stop it in time or will the creature overpower them, changing the world forever?
The introduction of Coyote was brilliant and I absolutely fell in love with his character. He is witty, funny, strong and is pure entertainment. I also loved that we are introduced to more shifters and adored the fact that we saw more of Adam and Mercy.
This is definitely not up to par with the rest of the series, but after the initial 60 or so pages, it does pick-up and we are reminded of why we love the series.

It pains me to do this to what is normally a 5 fang series, but this series is rated: 3 1/2 fangs.

What did you think of River Marked? Are you going to send me hate mail and hate comments because of my review?..lol. Let's hear your thoughts!


Ninja Girl said...

I'm totally w/you!!! I LOVE this series, one of my favorites, but this book, like you said, was my least favorite. I think it had something to do w/them being on their vacay (trying to avoid spoiler here ;)) and away from the group. Like you, I totally missed the gang. Where was Zee and Bran (love them both)? What about Warren--oh, I missed Warren and Ben and...well, just everyone!

I will agree though, I really did love Coyote :) He was a great addition!

Great review,
Ninja Girl

Paromantasy said...

Hi Ninja Girl!

oh, Bran and Warren are two of my favorites!! Yes, I both hate and love the vaca. I love that she spends more time with Adam, but hate that they didn't hurry home so that we can see some more of the crew!

Coyote is awesome!!

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