River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6) Paperback – Feb 1 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
I am so glad it wasn't mine. That she lives through it is wonderful. This is a very well written yarn. I love how Patricia can tell a story , making it believable without any mutt. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Cain
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. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Whispers
Another great story by Briggs. Mercy and Adam go on their honeymoon and encounter a dangerous river monster who is killing humans. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by A. Soares
Patricia Briggs doesn't disappoint. Another excellent Mercedes Thompson story with an well developed cast, great setting and mythology. I am totally addicted to this author.Published on Nov. 20 2012 by HamHam Petunia
River Marked starts cute, with a surprise wedding (Bran gives away the bride) and proceeds to take Adam and Mercy off on a honeymoon. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2012 by Lotusland Lady
Too often, paranormal books rely on either "1-handed reading" or painting the walls with guts and gore in order to draw in readers. Read morePublished on June 2 2011 by LM Ridley
River Marked really is about Mercy and her relationship with her family. The usual danger and intrigue were a fitting addition but the interaction between Mercy, Adam and Coyote... Read morePublished on April 17 2011 by Amazon Customer