Blood Bound Mercy Thompson Novel Book 2 Review

Blood Bound is the 2nd installment of the Mercy Thompson series

A new Vampire has created turmoil in the tri-state area with a string of murders. Mercy must use her shape-shifting powers and immunity of Vampires to save her friends and city.

Blood Bound Mercy Thompson, Book 2
Written by: Patricia Briggs
Published by: Ace
ISBN: 9780441014736
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Blood Bound
Mercy Thompson
Patricia Briggs

One of the perils of a science fiction series – or any other media – is the so-called “sophomore slump”. The period when the audience is still in love with the world the character has created, yet it is obvious that sequel, or sequels, aren’t as good as the original. Novels plod along at a slower pace, and situations that used to be interesting no longer have the same charm that they used to have.

Such is not the case with Patricia Briggs’ follow up to Moon Called. This paranormal action-fantasy still delivers a dropkick of adrenaline to the senses, and that’s all that matters.
Blood Bound is set several months after the events of the first book. Things have changed for Mercy and her friends. Her ex-lover, Samuel, has moved into her house as a roommate. Her best friend, Adam, has become the point man for the werewolves coming out party.

When a string of mysterious deaths occur in the Tri-State area, she is enlisted in the campaign to find the source. No longer standing on the sidelines, Mercy finds herself front and center in the effort to keep them from becoming a trend. Taxing her resources – both supernatural and otherwise – the shape shifter criss-crosses the state in search of the cause of the untimely deaths, only to come face to face with what can only be described as true evil.

Despite the suspense of the novel, the pace of the book is neither plodding nor is it speeded up. Though the cast of characters are varied and complex, Briggs spends little time filling the book with flashbacks, and backstories. It is as though the author has finally come to terms with the characters, and trusts her audience to do the same.

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Blood Bound Mercy Thompson is the the follow up to Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

There are moments where territory Briggs covered thoroughly in Moon Called are repeated by Mercy herself who reminds the reader of the reasons werewolves are dangerous but I suppose this is to inform the uninitiated reader about this world. The action of the story makes up for such deficiencies.

Blood Bound is thoroughly entertaining. If you enjoy paranormal tales with vampires, Shapeshifters, ghosts and other creatures that go bump in the night and you are more interested in a story rather than endless sex scenes where the heroine is the object of every living or undead character in the book, you have a winner in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.

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  • Susan

    I have the first couple of books in this series but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. The review makes me think I ought to read the first couple before I get the third. Still, I’m a big fan of urban fantasy so it sounds like my thing.

  • June K Williams

    If you are a big fan of urban/modern fantasy you should be delighted. The great thing about Patricia Brigg’s books is that you don’t have to be a genre fan to appreciate them. There are authors who can be true to the material and still be able to reach readers who most definitely NOT think of themselves as fans of any sort of fantasy. In this respect her work holds up much as Jim Butcher’s books and a not too large number of other manage to do… on the merit of their creators.

  • Crimson

    quote “you are more interested in a story rather than endless sex scenes where the heroine is the object of every living or undead character in the book, you have a winner in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.”

    amen.

    i mean, really? what’s with all the novels that are nothing but page after page of sex scenes, or scenes leading up to a sex scenes? I could cite two very specific examples here…but i won’t.

    there is a way to write romance and sexual tension between characters without going into pornography territory. thank you Patricia Briggs for understanding this.

    i’ve read all three Mercy novels and am anxiously awaiting the fourth.

    Keep up the good work, Ms. Briggs!!

    and i just have to say that i so love Stefan and his Mystery Machine. A vampire with the Scooby-mobile! that’s hilarious.

    –Crimson

    p.s. i also loved the Hurog novels and wish there were more of them…

  • Administrator

    Hi Crimson –

    We here at Buzzy LOVE the Hurog novels. Dare I say even a bit more than the Mercy Thompson series. Briggs is masterful with her Dark Fantasy.

    Keep checking for Hurog reviews and blogs.

    Joy

  • Phil

    I’m looking foward to many more books set in Mercy’s world. A whole seperate history and world view. Vampires,Werewolves, Skinwalkers and Fairies, I’m thinking that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Patricia is a great writer and her books are hard to put down. Take my advise, Read them!!!
    I haven’t found a bad one yet.

  • devary

    Mercy was nice change from some of the other Paranormal books…Strong female lead that kicks ass…I have to agree with Crimson…I stopped reading for a while when Laura K Hamilton went down that path…Mercy’s world is one I look forward to reading more about….

  • Crimson

    to devary–

    my point exactly!

    –Crimson

  • Phil

    LOL it’s a good point but you have to admit LKH’s books were pretty good before she went down the erotic path. She built up a very impressive alternate universe. Who knows, someday she might take a less pornographic turn and return to the stories I enjoyed so much.