Review: Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs

September 30, 2009 Review 2

Review: Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia BriggsBone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #4
Published by Ace on February 3, 2009
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 309
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Again nothing is ever described, but sex is implied.
Reviewed by: Abigail

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for. 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'll be her friends'.

Its hard to review this book without referencing what happened at the end of the previous book, Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson book 3) because it  has a huge impact on the characters and tone of this book (you can read my mini review of Iron Kissed here). That being said, I’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible.  But if you haven’t read the previous books in this series; one, you’re missing out because they are among the best urban fantasy books out their; and two, prepare for a huge spoiler.

Mercy Thompson, VW mechanic and skinwalker extraordinaire, had been torn between the two werewolves in her life: Samuel and Adam in previous books and finally chose Adam (or more specifically, she and Samuel conveniently realized that they only had platonic feelings for each other).  Yay, right?  Wrong, because before we get a chance to enjoy the new dynamic between Mercy and Adam, Mercy is raped.

Here we go with Bone Crossed.  Like a lot of readers, I was uncertain as to how this series would develop after the end of Iron Kissed.  Mercy was raped and  only beginning to deal with what happened to her and how she has changed as a result.  Could this series continue as it had, and if so, should it even try?   I'm happy to report that in Bone Crossed, Mercy is better than ever. That's not to say that the author is pretending that nothing happened in the last book, quite the opposite, it did and Mercy is dealing with it, but she is allowing Mercy to still be Mercy; wounded, but surviving.

I loved reading about the interesting developments with Mercy's unique abilities and the repercussions from Adam's pack as Mercy begins to acclimate to her status as the Alpha's non-werewolf mate.  I especially loved the larger role that Stefan played in this book.  Maybe its because I’m more of a vamp girl than a wolf girl (team Edward and all that) but I have always wanted for Patricia to paint Stefan as a potential suitor for Mercy, and in that sense, this book was a gift for me (especially the end).  I can’t wait to see what role he’ll plain Silver Borne (due out March 2010).

Series Titles:
  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked - 4/5
  7. Frost Burned - 4/5
  8. Night Broken - 4/5
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*BONUS*Patricia Briggs added her own thoughts on Bone Crossed courtesy of Dear Author:

The …cool thing about writing a series is that I get to play with a lot of characters. And all characters cannot possibly appear in all the books without muddying the plots hopelessly — or worse, making it feel like each character must have their cameo appearance. I had A Lot of complaints because Stefan didn’t appear at all in Iron Kissed. Bone Crossed was his book.

Samuel gets his book in Silver Borne (next year), I promise. And Mercy and Adam will progress in their development, too. I am keeping this series in check and making sure it continues to be urban fantasy instead of paranormal romance (I have a lot of guys who tell me they put up with the romancy bits because they like the rest of it). It’s a balancing act and I’m doing my best to make it fun for us all.

If I have learned anything in the past fifteen years, it is that writing a book everyone likes is just not possible. (Maybe if your name is J K Rowling, but mine is not) I have to settle for writing what I like and hope that pleases enough readers that I can write the next one 🙂 I hope that, if this one did not please some of you, that my next one will — and that you find something you like better in the meantime .There are a lot of terrific books out this month!

2 Responses to “Review: Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Oh I loved it too! And I agree she handled it well. I just question the necessity for it. But then again, there's a reason she is Patricia Briggs and I'm not 🙂

    And yes, I'm a huge Mercy fan. Patricia Briggs is phenomenal!