Review: Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs

October 21, 2009 Review 4

Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2)
by Patricia Briggs
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Book description: Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…

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…


Review:
The titles of the Mercy books always give us an idea of the subject matter of each book.  Moon Called = Werewolves; Blood Bound = Vampires.  We met Stefan briefly in book one and I basically wrote him off as a goofy, non-sexual ‘Shaggy from Scooby-Doo’ kind of guy (he does drive a Mystery Machine VW van).  But Stefan and the other Vampires take center stage this time out (something I vastly preferred; I’m more of a fang girl than a fur girl) as we delve deeper into the vampire mythology of Brigg’s universe.  Stefan is so interesting this time out as he transforms from a bit part to a leading man and leaves all his Shaggy-ness behind him. 

We also learn more about Mercy and her unique abilities as a skinwalker, as well as more details about her past.  But what I enjoyed the most, however, was the increased romantic tension.  Mercy had already been walking a fine line trying to keep the two wolves in her life from killing each other while trying to decide between her past and her future.  The tension only increases when a third suitor makes his affections known. I never really saw Mercy ending up with Samuel, but after this revelation, I’m wondering if I’ll even be rooting for Adam anymore…

Sexual Content:
None

Author’s Comments

“You know, some authors start writing books and know exactly where they are going and how they’re going to get there. When I sold my stories only after I’d finished them, getting anywhere was half the fun. But beginning with Dragon Blood I had to submit at least something about the plot of the books I was writing. It took me a while to discover that there is adventure in having an outline to follow as well. Just about the time I start to rely on it, an unexpected character pops in and announces that he (or she) is going to be an important part of the book. Or the plot takes an surprise, but logical turn and I’m out in the middle of the lake without a clue how I’m going to get to shore. Blood Bound did that to me more than most. After the first few panicked moments, though, I realize that those unexpected turns make it a better story (as long as I clean up behind me), for two reasons. First, the story becomes unpredictable for the reader — and second, the story takes on a realism it didn’t have before. Those unexpected changes are almost always sparked by something I didn’t know about the characters or the world when I sat down to write the outline six months to a year earlier. Let me tell you just a little about Blood Bound. Er. Yes. Hmm. I hate this part. It’s very difficult to take a 100,000 word story and condense it into 100 words without making it sound stupid. My publisher does it very well, but since I only have the front cover, I can’t steal from their blurb. So — Here’s Patty’s version of a back cover blurb: What could frighten a vampire? Mercy is about to find out. While repaying a favor, Mercy finds herself face to face with a monster that should not exist. Her hunt for the monster will lead her deep into the realm of of the vampire — where she will discover more than she wanted to about herself and the people she loves.” –Patricia Briggs

Read Chapter 1 online: http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/bloodboundChapter.shtml

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Product Details

 

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014736
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches

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

  1. Jennynz

    Ditto what Tynga said!

    But lucky for me, I just picked up the 4th book yesterday (haven't read it yet) so I shall be immersed in the world of Mercy for the next couple of days :o)

    I thought book #2 was heaps better than #1 :o)

  2. Patti

    These books get better as they progress, which is pretty awesome considering the first one is amazing!