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River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6) Paperback – Feb 1 2011

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orbit (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497976
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 2 2011
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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Finally! One of UF's most loved couples has wed! Woot Woot! Way to go Mercy & Adam!

Of all the trials and tribulations Mercy has faced, it's quite endearing that the one thing that utterly terrifies her is her mother's garish wedding plans! Lol, I can totally understand why! Seriously! Can you picture Mercy's wedding complete with 100;s of Butterflies and Golden Balloons?...Tee hee...No way! Never fear, Mercy's angst is for not and it all turns out perfectly, in the end. Well, that is except for the honeymoon!

Having already faced many a dangerous foe, Mercy now confronts the terrifying reality that she may not come out of this adventure alive. In a coup to place Mercy once again in the position to "save the day", Uncle Mike has loaned the newlyweds his luxurious trailer and they camp in a, yet un-opened to the public, trailer park owned by another Fae named Edythe (aka Yo Yo Girl)...And we all know that nothing is ever freely offered by the Fae! Oh Dear! Looks like Mercy is into "it" but good once again! As it turns out, there is something very suspicious and extremely dangerous going on in the Columbia River and, of course, it seems it's up to Mercy to take care of business!

In book 6 of the series, the information shared about Mercy's heritage is spectacular. While in previous installments we were treated to just a glimps, this time 'round Briggs delves deeper, shedding much more insight into Mercy's past and the history of her people.

Complete with lots of laughs, plenty of "Mercy & Adam" time, and the ever present "trouble" that seems to follow Mercy like a lost puppy, River Marked is yet another example of Briggs mastery of the genre.
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Mercy and Adam are getting married. Let's all take a moment for a big ol' "awww[...]" I'm so happy for them. It's been a long haul, and they deserve the perfect wedding, whatever that means for a coyote shapeshifter and a werewolf Alpha. Now with the wedding behind them, let's just hope they can handle the honeymoon.

Um, I didn't mean that quite how it sounded.

I loved this book, and I love this series. The monster is scary enough to give you nightmares, and it was very interesting to learn a little more about Mercy's heritage. The question of whether Mercy is the only "walker" still living is answered, and we learn a lot about her father.

I do have to say, though, that while this book scored strongly with me on emotional satisfaction, I thought that plot-wise it's the weakest of the series so far. Mercy and Adam spend a lot of time having beautiful moments together (it is their honeymoon!) and not nearly enough time kicking butt. I also missed Warren, Jesse, Zee and the rest of the gang, who for some reason were not invited on the honeymoon.
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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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