Series: Mercy Thompson #3
Published by Ace on June 2, 2008
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: A rape is alluded to, though never described. The emotional (and, to a lesser degree, the physical) consequences of the rape are discussed. There is a reference to child abuse as well.
Reviewed by: Abigail
I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...
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...
I’ll probably be saying this a lot on this blog, but I love Patricia Briggs. She manages to breathe life into everything she writes (I’m even enjoying her early straight fantasy works, though admittedly I haven’t been able get a hold of a copy of Masques yet, but I will, someday…) And the Mercy Thompson books are my favorite urban fantasy series so far, with this third addition to the series being the best yet. With each successive book, more of Mercy's world is revealed (I loved that we get to see more about Zee and the Fae this time), and more hints about Mercy and her abilities. I think for most readers, we were eager for Mercy to make a decision about her increasingly complicated love life, which she finally does in this book (although I’m still holding out for Stefan).
*SLIGHT SPOILER* The assault that occurred at the end of the book surprised me (I had to go back and re-read the scene to make sure it had even happened). I thought the whole thing was handled tastefully as possible, but I'm not sure why the author chose to do that. It feels unnecessary at this point. Maybe the author will justify the assault in the next book. It necessarily affected the tone of the book. I don't know if the author will be able to recapture the lighter tone of the earlier books or if she should even try given what's happened. We'll have to read book 4 and find out.Series Titles:
- Moon Called
- Blood Bound
- Iron Kissed
- Bone Crossed
- Silver Borne
- River Marked - 4/5
- Frost Burned - 4/5
- Night Broken - 4/5