Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
The shake-up factor was VERY interesting and kept the series from a typical lull of repetition. It added a new dimension to each character and the community all together.
Book 4 in the Mercy Thompson Series
Published by: Ace
Date published: undefined/undefined/2009
By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so-human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
What’s going on:
The series picks up book 4 right where book 3 left off. Mercy is still trying to recover from the horrific rape that took place at the end of book 3, Iron Kissed. If being raped wasn’t bad enough, the aftermath continues on another level with the tape of her rape being released to the media – thus gaining the attention of the national news. She experiences panic attacks, anxiety, depression and fear of being touched.
This installment is not particularly long, but it is packed with story and several plot lines crammed into those 304 pages.
Per usual, complications between the different species in her supernatural world continue to fester as she tries her best to alleviate the vampiric political situation and avoid any escalation.
When Mercy killed Marsilia’s (head of the vampires) top confidant and partner in Iron Kissed, Andre, the vampire sought revenge. Using a series of wolf pack attacks, she aimed at killing Stefan… and nearly succeeded. Now, a starved Stefan and Mercy’s mother unexpectedly show up at the scene. On top of that, her shop has been graffitied and marked with crossbones, the mark of a Vampire vendetta.
Briggs keeps around Mercy’s group of friends, including her werewolf boyfriend, Adam.
One new addition to the series is Mercy’s college friend, Amber. Amber pops up desperately seeking her shapeshifter old friend to help with a ghost situation in another city. Mercy and Stefan go to assist in the ghost hunt and meet a vampire called Monster, who has staked his claim on the entire city and is doing his best to ban all other supernatural beings from entering.
Overall, very well-written. The romance to supernatural dealings plot lines are perfectly balanced. I read the book in three, it was an incredible page turner. I have always been a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, especially her Hurog series.
Like others in her highly-rated collection of novels, Bone Crossed lives up to fan expectations and fills the pages with non-stop substance, leaving little time for the reader to become stagnant or bored.
What’s really great is Briggs brought back previous characters and their past transgressions that continue to haunt them in book 4.
Mystery and romance has dominated previous plots in the series, and that is not the case in Bone Crossed. Of course mystery is still an important factor, but the main focus is the political repercussions in the supernatural world. This shake-up was VERY interesting and kept the series from a typical lull of repetition. It added a new dimension to each character and the community all together.
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4)
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