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Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River - one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help....

Have Mercy! Listen to another Mercy Thompson chiller.
©2011 Patricia Briggs (P)2011 Penguin

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Wonderful

After book 5 I had thought Patricia Briggs had lost direction with her Mercy character. I am very pleased with River Marked it brings us back to what made me fall in love with this series to begin with. A full cast of the characters we know and love yet continuing the story line in a way thats not repetitive. A wonderful book on its own and a great addition to the series. Lorelei King does a very good job narrating a must listen.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuriko
  • Fairfield, CA, United States
  • 03-18-11

Love it

It was just too short for me I wanted more!! But as a story I suppose just the right amount of length. It was wonderful to see Mercy and Adam together and away from the pack. I can see their bond has grown strong and steady as ever and that they know each other really really well. After reading so many descriptions of Adam's gorgeousness, I'm starting to wonder who does he look like LOL (any suggestions?)

A bit of spoiler alert




Compared to the other books, this book is definately written for the fans of the book. I mean the wedding, getting Stephan out of the gutter, finding out about Mercy's mom and sisters and of course her DAD! There were so many tidbits that were so enjoyable for the fans.

THe greatness of the series is that Mercy and Adam are supernatural and tough but not invincible. There are consequenses to everything that they do. This book is no exception. Not only for the injuries but also how the "monster" was killed. I like how the walking stick was taken care of the end. I wonder if it will stick with the Coyote or come back to Mercy like all the other times.

I now eagerly await for another book.

PS I hope Stephan finds some sort of happiness soon.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite of the series

This was actually my least favorite of the Mercy books. I was so looking forward to it too. It took a long time for the story to build to any action, and then it was just over. I missed the interaction of the main characters with the rest of the pack, and the wedding was over before it even began. The chemistry between Mercy and Adam didn't seem to be there as much. I actually just wanted it to be over and hope the next is much much better. :(

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne-Marie
  • Newport News, VA, United States
  • 11-20-11

A great short story, but not enough for a novel.

If you want to know what married life is like for Mercy and Adam, River Marked definitely has you covered. Patricia Briggs' latest effort kicks off with a shot gun wedding. We follow Adam and Mercy for a majority of their honeymoon, which was for the most part was uneventful. When the story does pick up, Mercy will take on a journey to discover her heritage and meet her father along the way. A reconnection to her past and ancestry will help her to battle an ancient evil.

While we get some great insights into the evolving relationship between Adam and Mercy, and I love seeing them work through their emerging problems, and how the alpha persona and wolf pack complicates things. Their relationship takes on a new richness, but the overall book seems disjointed. One part is this great in depth look at our love birds then there is the actual story. I felt like the story was tacked on, and not really developed fully. The book was a typical 336 pages but the real story line didn't seem to start until halfway into the book. The beginning started with Stefan and his human stable, and you would think that the storyline is going to follow along those lines then that resolves rather easily and we move on to family issues, nuptials, and the honeymoon. Sometime after we settle into marital bliss and after a few bread crumbs here there that hint at the bigger picture to develop, we actual get into plot. But it seemed very short. I think if Briggs had integrated the plot earlier in the story it would've blended into the usual standard we have come to have expected. Even the little bits introduced during the start of the honeymoon were too little and too far between. Though I loved the stuff with Jess and Mercy's family, and wedding I think the overall story should have been threaded within or in between the stuff with Stefan, and her wedding.

Overall River Marked has some great background on our favorite were-coyote couple. The actual story is good, just a little to short seeming, better integration from the start of the book would have the whole thing gel better and read like one book instead of two stories. The background on Mercy's father was great too. This is a must read for Mercy fans.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • TX, United States
  • 03-07-11

Another great Mercy book!

I really enjoyed this book, as I have all the other Mercy books. It had a great blend of romance and action, though I would like it if PB made her books a bit more steamy. I really liked that Mercy learned more about her heritage and found more shapeshifters. I liked that Adam played a large part in the story. The narrator does an excellent job of both men and women's voices.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Another great chapter

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This wasn't my favorite book in the series but it was still a really good story. If you have been following my reviews you probably already know that I adore this series. I remember reading this book back when it was first released and enjoying it and I liked it just as much on this audio re-read. This is a series that I have made a point to keep up with and look forward to every installment. I had a lot of fun listening to the audio of this story.<br/><br/>This story takes place away from most of the group and I have to say that I missed some of the characters that I have grown to love just a bit. Mercy and Adam are there for the whole book so I didn't have too much time to spend missing everyone else. Mercy and Adam are off on their honeymoon but they end up getting involved in a situation that needs their help. There are some interesting characters that are a part of this installment including some that knew Mercy's father.<br/><br/>This book had a lot of really good elements. I like how Mercy and Adam's relationship just keeps getting stronger. I really cannot get enough of these two and think that they are just perfect for each other. The chemistry between them is amazing. It was interesting to learn a little bit more about Mercy's background. Her father is really quite a mystery so getting the chance to learn a little bit more is really quite exciting. There was plenty of excitement in this installment. I mean there is a river monster to be battled so of course there is some excitement. This was the kind of book that you just don't want to put down.<br/><br/>Lorelei King does an amazing job with this audiobook. I really didn't expect anything else. She has done such a fantastic job with all of book in this series that I have listened to so far. She has become the voice of Mercy form me. She does a great job with a large cast of characters and brings a lot of emotion into the story. Her voice is very pleasant to listen to and she read the story at a very natural pace. I was able to completely lose myself in this book for hours at a time. I can't wait to listen to more of this series.<br/><br/>I would highly recommend this series to others. I do think that this is a series that really does need to be read in order since the relationships between the characters develop throughout the series. I can't wait to continue with my re-read of this series very soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-02-17

Another Great Book

This is yet another great book in this series. Patricia Briggs is an awesome writer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Best in the series so far.

I've been critical of previous books in this series because of some of the choices that Patricia Briggs had made with Mercy Thompson as a character. This book, however, makes up for that. The challenge Mercy faces in this book is quite unique, even for this series. You also get a real sense of the love between Mercy and Adam in this book, something that I felt was glaringly absent from the previous books. My only complaint is that many of the male characters voiced by Lorelei King sounded too similar, which made following along in some parts incredibly difficult.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 09-26-12

I hope there is another one!

If you could sum up River Marked in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, fun, and smart!

What was one of the most memorable moments of River Marked?

Mercy and Adams wedding....it was so sweet...I cried!! lol

Which scene was your favorite?

Again Mercy and Adams wedding....made me happy for her!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mercy attracts more trouble!

Any additional comments?

I loved this series...yes this last book only got 4 stars from me, but I found the middle a bit boring....but it picked back up and brought me home....I hope there is more to this very smart and sassy series!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful