I think the author was somewhat less inspired when writing this book - but that resulted in a more leisurely pace that I still enjoyed. There was more character development and background and less raw plot. I especially enjoyed that she branched out into Native American magic.
With previous books in the series I hated having to pause the playback when I got to work (I listen to and from work). With this book it was much easier to pause ... but I still liked the book a lot.
My only complaint is that that the author must have read earlier reviews about her stories being a little to PG (hard to believe with vampires running around, but true). At the end of the last book, and throughout this book, she tried to venture into an R rating ... but you could tell she was uncomfortable with it. I would have preferred continued discretion to the awkward introduction of more sex.
Mercy kills monsters
Mercy of course! Patricia Briggs' leading lady is back, and as cool as ever.
She's better at differentiating character's voices than I am.
Not really, there's plenty of laughs, action, suspense, ect...
While I admit River Marked isn't the best book of the Mercy Thompson-Hauptman series, it's still excellent. And as a guy who's a fan of strong female leads, I really appreciate that Mercy isn't a damsel in distress, nor is this series a romance veiled as an urban fantasy. Sure there's romance, but not smutty, but there's also laughs, action, suspense, and very well defined characters. I recomend the entire series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasies.
I am a big fan of of the Mercy Thompson series....I love all of them except for this one. Part of the reason I like the Series so much is the fact that all of the characters are worked into the story line some how. This book just seemed to revolve around Adam and Mercy....I missed hearing Warren's smart remarks, or comments from the pack, didn't hear much from the vampire Stephan and nothing at all from Z. I just found it boring. I look forward to the next book, but I wasn't fond of this one at all.
I loved the 1st 5 Mercy Thompson Series books, but hated this one. I wanted to be entertained, I didn't need or want to be preached to about how bad humans treat the earth. In addition to that thread, the whole story was just boring and depressing. Ony the parts with Stefan were any good. Was very disappointed and will think long and hard before I buy the next book.
Excellent narration, however, I am disappointed. I have loved the Mercy Books up until now. This one seems too "gushy" romantic and spends a lot of time focused on the relationship between Adam (the hunk wherewolf) and now Mercy's mate/husband. What has kept me buying all of Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thomas adventures is our heroin's independance, smart mouth and her ability to fight her enemies while staying loyal to her friends. In this book, Adam and Mercy get married hence alot of the book's dialogue is spent on how Adam makes Mercy feel, how good looking he is, and their "Pack Bond". We don't get to hear much about Stephan the vampire, Zee, the Fae, or dialogue from the other werewolves. I sincerely hope that Patricia Higg's next book gets back to the Mercy and friends rather than the Mercy's inner dialogue about Adam.
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) Not one of the best Mercy Thompson books, this was a quick listen that progressed along nicely but was definitely one her best.
Plot: As with the previous novels, this one explores the "supernatural" aspects of the Native Americans. As Mercy and Adam head away for their honeymoon there is little interaction with some of our other favorite characters from other books. Light is shed on Mercy's past and a knock down drag out battle between the Native Americans and a river monster ensue, but the ends of these books are starting to get a little predictable (SPOILER BELOW).
Narrator: No complaints, Lorelei King is back and none of the voices changed!!! Two thumbs up for Penguin Audio!
SPOILER ALERT - read AFTER listening!
I think someone needs to explain to Ms. Briggs the difference between a "staff" and a "crutch." I'm not sure exactly when (which book) the wooden staff started showing up at a time of crisis, but come on, it's getting way too predictable. Mercy's in trouble, needs a weapon, POOF staff is in her hand. She loses it, POOF it's back underneath her. Hopefully coyote has run off the thing and it won't show up again, but why do I believe the entire next book is going to be dedicated to the origins of the staff and why the river monsters blood has turned it bad?!?
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I like this book... There are a set of new characters here, and new creatures you find out... it is shorter than the previous ones. But still it was a good one.
As usual you find funny moments and interesting ones as well.
Enjoy another good addition to the series.
I found the story moderately interesting, but it lacked the punch of the earlier ones. In particular, dealing with the current big bad monster by the poor little coyote seemed to be formulaic and lacked the suspense. Far below the first two or three stories. Still enjoyable, but disappointing.
I'm Not Addicted to Audiobooks! I can quit as soon as I finish listening to one more chapter. (Really!)
This was yet another great book. I would recommend this book as well as all the others in this series. I just cannot get enough.