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River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6) [Paperback]

Patricia Briggs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coyote brings chaos and change March 2 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Mercy Thompson is one of the few urban fantasy heroines who isn't all lily-white -- she's half Amerindian, from whence her coyote shapechanging comes.

And Patricia Briggs' sixth urban fantasy "River Marked" delves into that oft-neglected side of her heroine. The plot is patchy and rather meandering at times, but Briggs keeps it moving with her strong earthy prose, likable characters, and some new insights into the world of shapeshifters. It's nice to get away from the Tri-Cities area!

When her mother starts overplanning her wedding to Adam (doves! Balloons! BUTTERFLIES!), Mercy decides to have a small, intimate ceremony instead. And they immediately embark on an idyllic honeymoon in a remote canyon on the Columbia River. But Mercy soon stumbles across some connections to her long-dead father -- other Amerindian shapechangers, ghosts, and true dreams.

As she searches for connections to others of her kind, Mercy stumbles across something much nastier, when she is "river marked" while rescuing a wounded man (who was bitten by something barracudaesque). The secret to dealing with the river creature will send Mercy back through ancient lore -- and the discovery of her father's true identity...

The previous five Mercy Thompson books all took place in the same general area, so it's a little refreshing to get out of town in "River Marked." Oh, the regular supporting cast makes appearances -- from the mopey Stefan to Mercy's cutthroat mama -- but most of the action takes place in the rugged canyons and murky rivers.

The biggest problem is that that the plot is pretty patchy. The main focus is on Mercy's search for her roots, so the river-monster and otterkin subplots sometimes get shoved to the sidelines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flows as beautifully as a river March 17 2011
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A great addition to the series, it has all the strong points - great characters, a decent plotline, enough action without drowning in it, and a glimpse into Mercy's roots. Not one thing about this book rubbed me the wrong way, and my concerns that the plot lines would become slim and improbable was totally unjustified. The story tied together well, we spend time with characters we love, and the story moves at a measured pace that was beautiful to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intresting Honeymoon June 22 2014
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It seems that Mercy can't even go on her honeymoon without finding major trouble, of course this time the trouble is definitely demanding a high price tag for her to pay. Although I find meeting her father-not-her father very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! March 13 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great story by Briggs. Mercy and Adam go on their honeymoon and encounter a dangerous river monster who is killing humans. She also encounters Coyote and learns more about her past. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was a little disappointed in this one... March 5 2014
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Having voraciously read the previous books in this series, I was eager to get into this next chapter of Mercy Thompson's adventures. I'm halfway thru that book right now, and am surprised at the lack of action or adventure, compared to the previous books. It almost seems like a different author - Mercy and Adam get married and go on a honeymoon. There's a lot of historical information in this book ... too much, really, which I found boring.
Having loved the previous books, I'm going to fight my way thru this one, and hope it picks up the pace, and really hope the next book kicks it up a notch, too!
Love your writing, Patricia, don't lose your momentum!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series March 28 2013
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Series has very strong lead female character and the basis is a good ol’ werewolf pack. These books keep you wanting more. The characters are very intriguing and the storylines captivating. I can’t wait for the next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to previous installments Feb. 6 2013
By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Not as detailed, not as dark. I enjoyed this book as a standalone, but when stacked against the others in this series it fell flat. That being said, we do get a look into Mercedes past, or that indeed of her "family" and we learn more about her ability to shift into Coyote form. I will await the next installment, but perhaps I do not enjoy a married Mercedes as much as a single one - the angst/rebelliousness of the character is somewhat diminished.
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