Monday, 14 March 2011

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Mercy Thompson 6: River Marked - Patricia Briggs

Release Date: 03/03/11


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. And she's never known any others of her kind. Until now. As Mercy comes to terms with this new information, an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River. Something deadly is coming, facts are thin on the ground and Mercy feels ill at ease. However, her father's people may know more. To have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need all the resources the shifters can offer. Or death will be the least of their worries.


As a fan of Patricia’s Mercy Hautman (Nee Thompson) series I really couldn’t wait to get my paws on this title. Whilst other series by Patty don’t quite thrill me (Alpha and Omega) there’s something gripping about this shapeshifter Coyote that strikes a chord (whether its her street smarts or perhaps her quips, I’m not sure) and keeps me glued as each adventure takes her onto a road to discovery.

Whilst previous titles have centred in and around the tri-state area, this one takes our heroine and her beau a little further afield and gives the reader some backstory as well as presenting them with a twist or two along the way. It’s beautifully written, the characters wonderfully descriptive and when added with some great prose allows the reader to become lost in this Urban Fantasy World for a number of hours. A great addition to the series and perhaps something that will present the reader with something that will come back to haunt us in future titles.

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