Review for River Marked

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Book Reviews | 7 comments

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)River Marked by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

River Marked was different from the other Mercy books, and I’m undecided on which version I prefer.

I liked that we got a lot of Mercy’s background that we’d been missing. I also enjoyed the reduced angst because the relationship issues between her and Adam finally got resolved.

What I liked less was that beginning seemed slow, I think that’s because a lot of the Native American backstory had to be fit in and that made for less action early on. We do get a good amount Mercy butt-kicking goodness, but it’s left until relatively late. I also thought that Mercy and Adam as a couple deserved more screen time.

One big plus I will give in counterpoint is that I love how Adam is willing to let Mercy be herself. There’s always the temptation with dominant characters to run over everyone in the course of getting their way, but it’s nicely handled in this book. Though it’s all in Mercy’s PoV, we get to know a lot of what goes on in Adam’s head.

Overall, I felt like this deviated too much from the previous books for me to be entirely thrilled with it, but at the same time I understand that Mercy has to evolve or else there’s little point to continuing on with her story. Still, I love me some coyote-girl and that goes a long way.

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  1. Hmm, Haven’t seen that one.

    And you could add that the cover is different too. If I had seen it I probably wouldn’t know it was about Mercy.

    And it’s nice to know they got their relationship going. That type of thing gets boring after a while and at the same time frustrating, and those two emotions don’t usually play well together. 🙂

    • Yeah, that’s not what I think Mercy looks like either. Actually, every one of her covers have been very different.

      I think it was time they got together, that kind of tension can only exist for so long before it gets irritating.

  2. PS here

    Looks like Briggs has a new one out.

    Have you two been hanging out together?

    Evidently she is borrowing from you this time. 🙂

    • Haha! While I’d love to take the credit she’s been doing that series for a while. 🙂

  3. The werewolf one is part of a series!? I must have missed some of her books in that case.

    • Yup! There is an Alpha & Omega series that is all about werewolves. It centers around Charles, who is a minor character in the Mercy books, and his mate Anna. They are more Paranormal Romance than the Mercy books are, but also good. The first one is called Cry Wolf, highly recommended if you like the Mercy series.

  4. Oops, sorry to take up so many posts but there doesn’t seem to be a way to edit previous posts.

    But I just glanced at the cover you have on the post and I realized it isn’t a Mercy cover it’s a certain Assassin cover. Obviously it’s suppose to be Mercy but I think it looks more like a certain series about a female Assassin. Sorry can’t recall any titles but all of the covers show something along the lines as this cover. Wonder if it was drawn by the same artist that does those.

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