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
Written by: Patricia Briggs
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.
Ward, the new lord of Hurog, is sure he’s on the fast track to glory. His mission becomes deadly as he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Keep. These bones have the ability to cause mass destruction and he must keep them from enemies.
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.
UPDATE 2016: The Entire Mercy Thompson Series Collection
Book 1. Moon Called (2006) – Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…
Book 2. Blood Bound (2007) – Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.
Book 3. Iron Kissed (2008) – Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…
Book 4. Bone Crossed (2009) – Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won’t be Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after. It will be here friends’.
Book 5. Silver Borne (2010) – Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who’s maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they’re all about to find out how implacable – and dangerous – the fae can be. OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday.
Book 6. River Marked (2011) – Mercy Thompson 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.
Book 7. Frost Burned (2013) – Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.
Book 8. Night Broken (2014) – An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife, Christy, on the run from her new boyfriend. Soon, she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. But there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
Book 9. Fire Touched (2016) – Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
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