Have Mercy: listen to another Mercy Thompson chiller.
©2009 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin
This is a strong entry into the Mercy Thompson series, but the narration threw me....I usually love Lorelei King, and maybe I'm just too used to hearing her as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, but her voice seems too light and upbeat for this series, and especially some of the subject matter in this story.
Overall, yes, it was time well spent. I enjoy the universe Patricia Briggs has created and I'm already invested in Mercy's story, so I'm glad I didn't bypass this one. I am REALLY hoping the next novel in the series is better, though, and the characters are more on track with what I've come to expect.My major complaint is the characterization of Adam, and the development of the relationship between Adam and Mercy. I do understand the author wanted to transition from the unresolved sexual tension between Adam and Mercy to having them in a "mated" relationship; however, that transition seemed almost as forced as the annoying "is-it-Adam-or-Samuel-or-Stefan" dynamic that had been playing out for the first three books. I was able to get past that for the sake of the story, but I had a much more challenging time with the way all of the starch seemed to be wrung out of Adam's character. Having a strong female protagonist is awesome, but a major part of the appeal of these novels has also been the equally-or-even-more strong male protagonist. For an Alpha wolf with "territorial" and "authority" issues, in this 4th novel, Adam played out more like Mercy's b*tch than anything else. Mercy makes a major decision - granted, under duress - that involves giving another male character a significant claim over her, and Adam is as understanding as Dr. Ruth. Mercy makes another major decision, putting her own life at risk and allowing herself to be caged and imprisoned in order to save the lives of characters new to this book, and Adam's reaction is barely registered. This is NOT the strong Alpha male character Patricia Briggs has been portraying in the past 3 novels. Since Adam is such a significant character, that really hurt the overall story.I'm still willing to give book 5 a shot, but if it continues to be the All-About-Mercy show, I doubt I'll finish the series.
Yes, because I'm invested in the story and willing to give her another shot to see if the next book improves.
As always, Lorelei King's performance was excellent, especially given what she had to work with this time around.
Briggs is such an amazing author! I read a LOT of fantasy, and this is one of my all time favorite series! This is the 4th book in the series though, so if you haven't read any of them yet, you should start with "Moon Called".
As for the narration, King does a fantastic job!
This was a great book! I enjoyed the focus on Mercy dealing with what happened to her in the previous book. The werewolves and vampires were a huge part of this book (less fae - Hooray).
Bone Cross starts at virtually the moment that Iron Kissed ends - Mercy is still dealing with the many problems in her life and trying to recover from a horrific assault that was the climax of the previous book. It would have been so easy for Briggs to wave a magic wand and make things all better, but she doesn't, Mercy goes through each emotion as any other person would, which earned my respect. Mercy finally decides to become Adam's mate, as she realizes its him she loves and not Samuel. Before they really have a chance to talk about anything though they are interrupted by Mercy's mother ( since she's just read about her daughters rape in the newspaper.)and Stephan dropping in - literally at their feet. He's burned and starved. He tells Mercy that the Mistress now knows all, has killed his donors and thrown him out of the Seethe. And, she's after Mercy.
Drawn fully into the pack through Adams actions to protect his mate,(who knew the werewolf magic would work on a coyote-walker but it does) mercy now has to help head off a full scale war between the werewolves and the vampires as she knows she is responsible for her own actions and must own up to them (actions that happened in the last two books.) She is still dealing with her random panic attacks and intimacy issues with Adam, who stands solidly by her side even when half his pack isn't in agreement with him for his choice in a mate or for bringing her into the pack. My only compliant is that this is also a romance story and a little bit of romance between Adam and Mercy would have been nice...The intimacy and I love you's are few and far between. Jessie's feelings are never mentioned nor is how the relationship is going to process. I can't see Adam being ok with his mate continuing to live with Samuel as a roommate for much longer. I'm hoping theses issues are resolved in book 5 and we get to see more romance between Mercy and Adam with them hopefully discussing wedding plans.
Yes, over, and over again! I love these characters and stories.
Yes, hard to stop!
I love the series and can't wait for each new installment.
I like this series and this character. My favorite part is that the ill effects to Mercy's psyche from the sexual assault she suffered in the last book are VERY present. For the most part, the various panic attacks and psychological side effects of her attack are very realistic and a little off putting (in a good way) They color pretty much the whole story UNTIL Adam cures her PTSD with his dick. I mean that in the most literal fashion possible. He has sex with her, and magically, huge chunks of her problems are gone. Granted, she still suffers from some ill effects, but his magic penis somehow does the same good for her that usually takes years of therapy.
Lorelei King still does a wonderful job bringing this world to life.
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