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River Marked (Mercy Thompson Series #6)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Another amazing book by an amazing author!

Patricia Briggs has once again outdone herself in her newest installment of the Mercy Thompson series.

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 shap...
Patricia Briggs has once again outdone herself in her newest installment of the Mercy Thompson series.

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.

posted by 3783205 on September 13, 2010

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Completely Unremarkable Installment

I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed and Silver Borne) prior to reading this installment.

I procrastinated to read this installment and for good reason. The plot was a complete and utter ...
I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed and Silver Borne) prior to reading this installment.

I procrastinated to read this installment and for good reason. The plot was a complete and utter flop. It was so boring, reading this book felt like a chore. I was determine to finish this book, solely because I paid so much for it (talk about an over-priced e-book).

I have to agree with another reviewer that wondered "if Ms. Briggs was taken over by pod people." This installment wasn't as good or even resembled previous books. The main characters were basically a footnote. The storyline seem to come out of left-field, and lacked some sought of pizazz and direction.

In a lot of ways I wish the werewolves from Mercy's world were similar to the hellhounds from Sharon Ashwood's latest installment in the Dark Forgotten series, Frostbound or the weres from Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series. Sharon Ashwood's hellhounds and Ilona Andrew's weres feel more "alive" to me and have a greater range of supernatural diversity and freedoms. The werewolves from Mercy's world treat their wolf as a curse and don't seem to celebrate the connection to their wolf. In addition, the females are severely limited and function as nothings. They are low on the totem pole and equal to slaves with no other purpose than existing solely for mating and completely no other reason to be. And at that, they can't even breed as a were.

The story was overrun with an abundance of secondary characters. I rated this installment two-starts because I did appreciate the effort Ms. Brigg's put in to using a different culture for the basis of the book, instead of sticking to the usual European folklore, which most authors seem to do. I never really got to the point where I just couldn't put this book down or the story stayed on my mind constantly when I wasn't reading it. I was entertained at rare points but not held spellbound throughout most of this book.

In truth, I am contemplating if I really want to continue on with this series. I don't really see any point to it, what is the focus? Where is the series headed? Personally I feel like this series should have ended with Bone Crossed, then it would've ended on a high note.

posted by kitkat3ny on August 1, 2011

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Completely Unremarkable Installment

    I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed and Silver Borne) prior to reading this installment.

    I procrastinated to read this installment and for good reason. The plot was a complete and utter flop. It was so boring, reading this book felt like a chore. I was determine to finish this book, solely because I paid so much for it (talk about an over-priced e-book).

    I have to agree with another reviewer that wondered "if Ms. Briggs was taken over by pod people." This installment wasn't as good or even resembled previous books. The main characters were basically a footnote. The storyline seem to come out of left-field, and lacked some sought of pizazz and direction.

    In a lot of ways I wish the werewolves from Mercy's world were similar to the hellhounds from Sharon Ashwood's latest installment in the Dark Forgotten series, Frostbound or the weres from Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series. Sharon Ashwood's hellhounds and Ilona Andrew's weres feel more "alive" to me and have a greater range of supernatural diversity and freedoms. The werewolves from Mercy's world treat their wolf as a curse and don't seem to celebrate the connection to their wolf. In addition, the females are severely limited and function as nothings. They are low on the totem pole and equal to slaves with no other purpose than existing solely for mating and completely no other reason to be. And at that, they can't even breed as a were.

    The story was overrun with an abundance of secondary characters. I rated this installment two-starts because I did appreciate the effort Ms. Brigg's put in to using a different culture for the basis of the book, instead of sticking to the usual European folklore, which most authors seem to do. I never really got to the point where I just couldn't put this book down or the story stayed on my mind constantly when I wasn't reading it. I was entertained at rare points but not held spellbound throughout most of this book.

    In truth, I am contemplating if I really want to continue on with this series. I don't really see any point to it, what is the focus? Where is the series headed? Personally I feel like this series should have ended with Bone Crossed, then it would've ended on a high note.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Felt forced

    Okay I feel like this book was just a story to write a story. By that I mean "oh man I got contracted for two more books let me write anything." The only thing that kept me as a continuing reader of this series is the introduction of Coyote. I really was just going to give it up but I wanted to see where she plays this. My recommendation is to borrow or check out this book at a library because it isnt worth the money.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Disappointed

    It started out with a bang and a great pace thru the wedding. Once they went away for the honeymoon, it just hung there ... I did not find the mystery all that thrilling nor mysterious. I did not care for any of the new characters they met. Adam was pretty useless as the author took them to a place where he could not even fight along Mercy's side. And then she had him blubbering at her feet at the end -- really? An Alpha Wolf? I only finished this book because I loved the other 5 and thought perhaps book 7 may be better.

    I would love for Patricia to write a story about Samuel -- love his character but in the present - not the past. Perhaps he encounters Marsilia (queen vampire) once again -- that was a very interesting first meeting in Bone Crossed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    River Marked

    Books 1-5 were full of action and had wonderful creative story lines, leaving me to read two books in a weekend. River Marked just didn't have the same pace, I wrestled with finishing the book. I missed the interaction with all of the characters and their unique personalities with Mercy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Boring - not her best work

    Really disappointed. Boring, definately not Patricia's best work. Four pages of action in the whole book. A real let-down compared to the rest of the Mercy Thompson books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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