July 22, 2011

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

excerpt here
Series: Mercedes Thompson 6
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil.

River Marked

It's official! Mercy and Adam are married and they're off to a fabulous and relaxing honeymoon in Maryhill. NOT! It won't be a Mercy Thompson book if Trouble is not far behind, after all coyotes are the harbinger of change.

So on their honeymoon they were a little bit set up by the fae because there is something going down and it's important that Adam and Mercy be there. The "something important" is The River Devil who is devouring people and only Mercy can stop it with the help of some new found friends.

Patricia Briggs went on a writing honeymoon with my favorite couple. Briggs decided to take it slow, instead of a combo punch she just gave them one huge people-eating devil to vanquish.  I struggled a bit with this book because it's a little slow compared to the previous ones where there's a menagerie of complications with other supernatural groups.

River Marked is I think more of a character development for Mercy. We're introduced to the customs and beliefs of Native Americans and how it influenced Mercy's life and highlighted her abilities, here she is referred to as an avatar rather than a walker which apparently has a big difference. Mercy also had the pleasure of meeting her father and her time spent with him and on this misadventure gave her closure on things she saw on her vision quest.

It's pretty obvious how much research has gone into this book. Background on places that they visited were provided, bits and pieces of Native American folklore, practices, superstitions and the like. Another take away is little lessons on body language that is present in the entire series, it futher enhances the meaning of dominance, intimidation and respect. Though I'm mostly into fiction I find these factoids interesting so when I finish a book my mind is not just filled with made up stuff but little info's on things that I can look up and actually refer to in real life.

In a way the unexpected dwindle in the pace of the story is good because the next book in the series will not be released til 2013. It helped me to wean off Adam Hauptman because he is starting to permeate my reality which I find unhealthy, I'm crazy as it is & I don't want to add delusional to the list of my problems.

Watch out for our Mercedes Thompson casting couch coming soon!


  1. Oh honey….I think delusional might run in our blood. Along with crazy, irrational and stubborness. Now it's my turn to catch up with this series. My interest in Mr. Adam Hauptman has been piqued again my your current Were obsession.

  2. Hahaha my crazy list is soooo long if I add that to the list I'll be needing pro help


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