Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Kickass Supernatural Heroine

Welcome to Patricia Briggs's world, a place where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapshifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist). It takes a very unusual woman to call it home-- and there's no one quite like Mercy Thompson.

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Masilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan-- and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with the sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends'.

Title: Bone Crossed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 4
Start & Finished: 3/17/09- 3/18/09
Published: February 3, 2009
Publisher: Ace
Pages: 309
Genre: Paranormal

In 2006, fantasy author Patricia Briggs published the first book in her urban fantasy series starring Mercedes (Mercy) Thompson and she continued to gain fans with each new story. Three years later, Ms. Briggs’ mechanic coyote skinwalker heroine with the complicated love life finally received her due recognition when the fourth book Bone Crossed was published in hardcover.

"One of the important things about urban fantasy is that you ask the readers to believe this big whopper, that there are vampires and werewolves in the real life- at least I hope it's a big whopper- that there are vampires and werewolves in the real world. You have to set it in a really real setting and that's where the "urban" part of urban fantasy comes in." Urban fantasy is a particularly favorite sub-genre of mine and the Mercy Thompson series is one of the best. That's not to say that I haven't had problems with it though, especially the previous book, Iron Kissed. It was just as intriguingly written as the Moon Called and Blood Bound however there was quite a bit of more unpleasantness to it than I had expected. Fortunately, in Bone Crossed the characters don't dwell on things very much but continue to move forward.

With each novel Mercy has somehow managed to make someone powerful angry and with Bone Crossed that’s no exception. However she has good friends and allies that have managed to pull her tail out of the fire in the nick of time again. Fans of the series will be happy to know that Stefan, the Scooby-Doo- loving vampire has a more dominant part in this story too.

Altogether, a lot of things happen during this book- way too many to name and even harder to remember months later after I’ve read it. This latest Mercy book was incredibly good and I can't wait for the next one Silver Borne. Until then, I may just have to refresh my memory by reading this awesome series again.

Mercedes Thompson Series:
1. Moon Called (2006)
2. Blood Bound (2007)
3. Iron Kissed (2008)
4. Bone Crossed (2009)
5. Silver Borne (2010)

Related Posts: Cry Wolf (spin-off series) & On the Prowl (anthology)

Links & Interviews: Patricia Briggs' Wikipedia, Mercy Thompson Wikipedia, Mercy Fanpop Page, Book Smugglers Interview Part 1 & Part 2.


  1. I'm glad to see you back on here. I hope you were taking a break to do something fun!

  2. I am looking forward to reading this series. It looks like it would be so much fun! I need more of that in my life.

  3. I lent the first two books in this series to a friend... In other news, Hunting Grounds is out so you could always read that!

  4. Glad to have you posting again. I haven't read much paranormal romances lately. Will keep this in mind.

  5. I've been seeing this series on my recon missions to Barnes & Noble as well as to my local used store. It's intriguing. I may have to give in to it soon.

    Good review.

  6. I'm glad you're enjoying this series as much as I am! It is a hard wait between books, though, sigh.

  7. I'm so behind on this series. I read the first 2 and LOVED them!! I have Bone Crossed at home that I. Must. Read. Soon!!

    Mercy Thompson is just wicked! I love her!

  8. Bermudaonion: Yep, I'm back! I had a lot going on for awhile but I've cleared my schedule up a little so I have more time to blog again. Thanks!

    Wendy: It is a good series. The author is postively brilliant with her characters.

    Kailana: I wasn't aware it was out already! Thanks for the heads up :)

    Kristin Howe: Glad to be posting again too. I wouldn't actually call this series a romance because it's more of an adventure. There wasn't anything more than flirting up to the third book.

    Stephanie: Love her too! Hope you get a chance to read Bone Crossed soon :)

  9. The "unpleasantness" of Iron Kissed just goes to show you the difference between real urban fantasy and paranormal romance or its cousins. I don't think those events would have been allowed to occur in other genres. I didn't like that it happened either but I felt it was being true to the essense of urban fantasy.

  10. I skimmed your review as I have it checked out from the library myself but it looks like you enjoyed it which is good for me!!!

  11. This series is awesome!! love them. trying to get The Homecoming, it's a collection of comics, but I think it's new storyboards.



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