Monday, 16 September 2013

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) Title: River Marked
Author: Patricia Briggs
Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: Away from the pack on their honeymoon, Adam and Mercy encounter their most dangerous foe yet and Mercy may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: To begin with, River Marked is a departure from the other books in the series and ardent fans may be disappointed as the familiar cast of secondary characters is set aside in favor of a completely different group. While Stefan, Warren, Ben and the rest of the gang are missed, the introduction of new characters and concepts related to Mercy's Native American heritage and her role as a Walker is particularly interesting and adds another layer to her characterization, which has been missing up till now.

The book starts off slowly with Mercy and Adam's rather abrupt wedding, which is cute but also kind of cheesy and saccharine. Nevertheless, the story becomes more exciting once the action starts and the plot revolving around an ancient river monster feeding off humans is intense and compelling. 

Mercy and Adam are growing closer as couple and their interactions are a highlight of the book, especially their arguments and Mercy's letter at the end. Unfortunately, Ms. Briggs is still halting their relationship at the bedroom door and aside for one or two hints at intimacy, everything happens off page. If Briggs is uncomfortable with these scenes then why include a romance in the story at all - it does nothing but build up readers' expectations only to leave them unfulfilled.

The focus on Native American folklore is fascinating and the revelations regarding the identity of Mercy's father and the origins of her abilities is very intriguing although Coyote's character is a little too mysterious and enigmatic at times.

Overall, a solid addition to the series but not everyone will be pleased with the new direction.


  1. Good review. :) I also rated this book as a four. It was prior to my writing reviews days, so only have vague memories of it. But I did enjoy reading it.

  2. I haven't read this series yet, but it's been on my radar for a while. I'd like to meet Mercy and Adam... I love Mercy as a girls name. Great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace