Friday, 31 July 2015

Book Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #6)

Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. And she's never known any others of her kind. Until now. As Mercy comes to terms with this new information, an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River. Something deadly is coming, facts are thin on the ground and Mercy feels ill at ease.

My Review:
This book ventures away from the normal formula of the books in the series and I found it a little disappointing.

Mercy and Adam have been married and are off on a quiet honeymoon out in the wilds, away from Pack problems and stress. At least that was the plan until they get involved in a fight against psycho otter shifters and a sea monster that is killing anyone who ventures into the water. The idea of this plot is fine but I found the execution of it lacking in places.

Surely Adam knew better than to accept help from Uncle Mike when planning his honeymoon? Uncle Mike never does favours for people without an ulterior motive, so it's no surprise that he puts Mercy and Adam into the middle of an evil shifter investigation! It didn't feel the same not having the Pack, Stefan and the others around for the whole story. While Adam and Mercy are strong enough characters to carry a book, the plot they were in was too weak for it to work. The new shifter characters that they are working with are not very interesting compared to those we know and love back home, and I struggled to show much interest in them.

The story delves into a lot of Native American legends in the area, and deals with Mercy's own heritage. While I found it interesting, I felt there were was too much of it, which slowed down the pacing of the book more than I would like. There seems to be a lot of talk and not a great deal of action for most of the book.

When we got to the big fight scene with the sea monster, I was a bit disappointed in it. The odds were stacked so heavily against Mercy and her friends that you never really believed that they could win, so when it is all over, I was left less than satisfied with it. It was ok but it wasn't the great action scene that we have come to expect in the series.

So what was good about the book? I liked the start, where the wedding is stressing Mercy out and their friends have big plans for their send off. I liked seeing Adam away from the Pack, where you could see him as a man and not just Pack Leader. It was nice to see how happy he and Mercy are in their relationship. Some of the Native American stuff was interesting and it does fill in the blanks about Mercy's heritage.

The book does suffer from a lack of action and a lack of humour and emotion that we usually get from Mercy's friends and Adam's Pack. It is certainly the weakest book in the series.

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