Have Mercy: listen to another Mercy Thompson chiller.
©2009 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin
This is the 4th book in the Mercy Thompson series and it didn't disappoint. I love the narrator Lorelei King and unfolding story from book to book. This was as good as all the rest but there is more that happens with her relationship with Stephen the vampire. Her relationship with Adam grows too as Mercy finally learns to rely on someone else. We find out more about her walker abilities in this book. These books are non-stop action from beginning to end and I really enjoy them. But audible where is book #5??? Where is Silver Borne?
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): If you were to skip this fourth book in the series and jump to the fifth book you wouldn't miss much.
Plot: This book starts off with some excitement with Stephen the vampire, but then quickly dies down when Mercy goes to investigate some ghosts. Unlike the first three books that grabbed the listener and wouldn't let you go, this one didn't. After the initial excitement there was about 6 hours of plot development before there was any more action. Ghosts are the topic of discussion in this book, however I didn't really find them interesting and they weren't very well explained.
Narrarator: No complaints, Lorelei King continues to impress! Good voice inflection and variety throughout.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
Mercy is, without a doubt, the strongest, smartest, most amazing heroine there is out there today. She went through hell in the last book, things no woman should ever have to go through. She is damaged, desperately. But, unlike other authors, she KNOWS it is not her fault, she stands up, brushes herself off, takes control, gives the blame for what happened to her to the person who did it to her, not accepting the blame for herself. She relies on her friends to help her make it through. She knows that it will take time for her to heal, but she is willing to do the work to help heal herself. She is strong, smart, and did I say, amazing???
If you love strong urban fantasy, a main character who doesn't whine, doesn't blame herself for the actions of others, and can kick fanny and take names, you are going to adore Mercy.
The story moves forward beautifully in this book, and doesn't fail to continue the story in a wonderful manner. You get much more insight into Mercy's family, her friends and the world building continues to amaze. Mercy and Joanne Walker are my absolute favorite characters in urban fantasy today, and Lorelei King IS Mercy. I own the printed copies, but Lorelei assures that I spend much more time listening than reading. I TOTALLY DISAGREE with those who say Lorelei isn't a wonderful narrator for Mercy - she has a beautiful voice, clear and beautiful.
It IS IMPORTANT to read the books in order, and I can guarantee you that the investment is worth it. If you love them as much as me, every time you want to go back and read wonderful books over again, these are definitely the ones to go back to.
Mercy is not your typical female heroine. First off, she never intended to be a heroine. She is more interested in keeping her Volkswagen repair shop running, paying her bills, and living a quiet life in her 70's model trailer with her Manx cat. Oh, yea, and tormenting the werewolf in her back yard. The Alpha werewolf. Uh huh. Well, she WAS raised by werewolves herself, by the Maraq, in fact, the leader of all the werewolves in the US. A pretty good feat for a woman who shifts into a coyote. This books starts working out the whole Alpha thing, and it is fun, funny and keeps Mercy strong rather than making her weak, as some UF authors do to their heroines.
What develops is one of the more well developed series in UF. When Mercedes, or Mercy as she is called (yep. A Volkswagen mechanic named Mercedes) takes in a new, young, isolated werewolf, her life takes a new, and dangerous turn, leading her back into a life she thought she had left far behind.
Next to Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews 'Kate Daniels' series) Mercy is one of the best realized female UF lead characters on the market today. She doesn't whine, cry, piss, moan, or otherwise turn into a whiny little boy-toy. As time goes along, you can see a romance coming on, but like Kate, Mercy's story is about the story, not about the smex. Thank goodness..... I like a good love scene as well as anyone else, but I am MUCH more interested in the story. There are none of the "seedy, ridiculous sexual encounters" (thanks to Leslie Sims of Denver for that little snippet) that are so common in other supposedly UF stories (read "the label says UF, and there are a few weird characters in there, but it is mostly about the sexual encounters).
I have read the whole series multiple times (there is nothing like reading a strong female character when you are feeling low!) and I am really looking forward to "Frost Burned" due out in 2013. I am rereading the series in order and have downloaded "Frost Burned" already - LOVE LOVE LOVE MERCY!!!!
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
The forth book in the series starts two minutes before the last one ends. Mercedes Thompson steps up to the plate for her friends and for Adam. I love the way Briggs resolved the triangle in the last book and is moving the character arcs of everyone forward in interesting ways. Also, Briggs does not shy away from difficult issues.
This plot has to do with Vampires. All of your favorites are back, Stephan and Marceillia among them. We see a bit of the Faye and of course the werewolves. Lorelie Kings hits the ball out of the park, again.
The series continue strong. I recommend this book and I can't wait for the next one. What is Mercedes going to do next?
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
First, it IS important to read this series in order. Second, I am really enjoying Mercy's stories. My only problem is that these stories don't have any slow spots, so it's very difficult to find a place in the books where I can stand to put it down and get some sleep! The characters have a lot of depth and are well described. The narrator has done very well, being consistent with voices and reasonable with accents. Stephan's accent could be less "bad vampire movie" -ish and more Italian, and I imagined Adam with a deeper voice when I read the first book in paper format, but a human voice can only be so flexible. She gets the humor in the right places with different touches for each character in such a way that I've laughed out loud several times. A few times I heard laughter in her voice when she was describing a scene, but it added to the experience of listening to the book - it didn't detract. I'm not sure why anyone would give any book in this series a low score just because they didn't like the narrator, unless they had already decided in their heads what each character should sound like and simply disagree with how Lorelie King chose to portray the characters. To me, that still would not justify a low score - these stories are great! I'm looking forward to books 5 and 6, as well as Patricia Brigg's other books. As soon as I catch up on my sleep.
Ready for the next stage.
This book as a whole is...fractured. This attempt at complexity failed. The two plot lines didn't weave well. I liked Chad but not enough to care about his story. I really like Stephan. It's too bad their relationship doesn't go anywhere. The reading was entertaining. The main characters are just as engaging, but half the story is filler.
I think each book in this series is the best one until I read the next one. I love this series. Thank you Patricia Briggs and Lorelei King for your ability to make the story come alive....
the confrontation with the villain in all her books is just so anticlimactic...it just leaves you feeling let down..i mean once I read the chapter i asked myself...that's it? just like that and it's over? I went from anticipation of the confrontation to feeling like ..wha..???? I really don't understand the hype being gushed out over this character's books..
Yes, I already have. I love it because I like the people in it, especially Adam, who is the kind of guy I would want to date. Hot AND emotionally stable, just the way I like them. I'm not into all that caveman stuff but Adam manages to be protective while still respecting Mercy's right to make her own choices. And Mercy is smart enough to know when it would be best to step back and let someone else handle something.
I really liked the interaction between Stephan and the little boy. The boy was a likeable little introvert and Stephan was kind.
I think Lorelai really brings out Mercy's wry sense of humor. Mercy's humor is subtle and slightly self deprecating, which I enjoy. Lorelai gives those moments just the right emphasis to highlight, "Mercy is being funny here," without it seeming like an elbow in the ribs.
I know I've cried while listening to some of the books in this series. It seems likely I have cried during this one, but I've always been one who gets emotionally involved in good books.
One of my pet peeves is when a reporter or non-warrior type person insists on tagging along on a "mission" where violence is likely despite there being no need for her (it's usually a her) to join in and get in everyone's way. In this series there are some occasions where Mercy is required to be in harms way for one reason or another, but she is never dumb about it and there are times when she says, "okay, you with the super strength and healing powers; you can take care of it." Doesn't always work out that way but she's not all "girl power" when she doesn't have the same skill set as others. There's nothing wrong with being in the support staff sometimes.
Love the Narrator. She's how I found this series. Liking the series more each book as the characters and the relationships develop and evolve. Plots are good and there is always a new piece of the universe introduced in each book to keep it fresh.
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