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Genre: Urban Fantasy | Shifters | Paranormal
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Read Count: 3 times :)
My Rating: 4 stars!
Description: Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen… Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.
I should preface this by saying this is my third time rereading this book, I love the Mercy Thompson series :) It’s such a fun PNR / Urban Fantasy read that every time I catch sight of it on my shelf… I have to fight the urge to be a rereading machine. But… here I am :)
Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a natural-born coyote shapeshifter/skinwalker, auto mechanic, and neighbor to the Alpha of the local wolf pack in Washington. She is strong, together, sensible and independent, a lives in a world of humans and the paranormal, which includes vampires, werewolves, walkers, fey and witches…. among others. Which is oh-so perfectly my cup of tea. Basically anything that goes bump in the night.
In this installment (I almost said episode! I haven’t even been watching TV 😅), we are introduced to the horror that is a different kind of creature… a demon-ridden vampire. This is a monster of the worst kind, and it’s been taunting the Tri-State Area, the wolf pack and the vampire seethe. Stefan, Mercy’s vampire friend, was dispatched to get rid of it and the wolves volunteered to help out. But Mercy ends up getting involved when she can’t get ahold of any of them.
Mercy Thompson is a fast favorite, because she’s a firecracker. But she definitely sneaks up on you. She’s not in-your-face Brassy and Bossy like a lot of other urban fantasy heroines, but she’s much more subtle, but no less badass and snarky. She grew up with werewolves, and they’re all about dominance games. She knows when to pick her battles to their face, but if she gets pissed off, they’ll know it. When Adam, the werewolf Alpha next-door complains about her trailer being an eyesore, she hauls her junker car out back in his plain view. When he pisses her off more, she takes wheels off. Next, she graffiti’s it. I also love how down-to-earth she is, as she grumbles about badass heroes in the movies not having to go to work the next morning after a night of kicking ass :)
“You should be home sleeping. What is the use of having a man in the house,
if he cannot take care of you for a while?”
“Mmm,” I said. “I give up. What’s the use of having a man in the house?”
She’s the perfect heroine: humble, steady, reliable character, but hilarious and all-too ready to get involved in the machinations of supernatural creatures. Her as a four-foot coyote just wagging her tail at Adam when he wants to talk is an image that never fails to make me bust out laughing. In this book, Mercy had to get a bit dirtier than she’d had to previously. She doesn’t take kills lightly and Briggs did an excellent job in handling how Mercy dealt with it. Mercy may be a coyote shifter, but she was raised relatively human, and I love how Briggs allows her to have her emotional vulnerability’s and took us on the emotional journey with her.
This one was certainly showed an evolution in Brigg’s writing, as the action plot was done noticeably better. NOT that it was at all bad in the first book, just that Briggs had grown as a writer. It built slow, but gathered momentum and took us through the twists and the plot moved along. We came to the climax naturally, and without the put-upon “confesses all” moment for the bad guy, and was a very clean job. Blood Bound played the part of the sequel well in its continuation of fleshing out the world. Even as it wasn’t quite as action-packed as Moon Called, it was more emotional, the reader had more invested and it was still very intense to read as our connection to the characters grew.
What I appreciated, too, was the way Mercy’s… admirers… were dealt with. There is a beginning of a “love triangle/love square” being subtly built in the background, but this is not a romantic book, and I don’t want you to be scared away from that. Briggs handles this very, very well. Mercy is not a toy to be tugged around by the whims of others, and though she does have a handful of males in her life that seem to care for her very much, it’s very clear that Mercy doesn’t return the feelings of any but one. Which lends itself to come fun flirtation, but is nothing to worry about. Instead, it allowed us to get to know each of Mercy’s friends and establish an emotional connection… one I hope Briggs doesn’t take advantage of in that way authors like to do and – how do they say it – kill their darlings. (Read my review of book one | Read my review of book three)
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