Book #4 of the Mercy Thompson Series
by Patricia Briggs
Published: ACE – February 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304 (paperback)
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from the vampire’s direct reprisal by the werewolf pack – and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha – it’s not Mercy’s blood Marcilia is after…
It’s her friends’.
Bone Crossed picks up immediately from the previous book in the series. Mercy is trying to coop with her traumatic ordeal from Iron Kissed and Adam is there to help her anyway he can. I think this book really helps Adam and Mercy move along as a couple. No longer are we worried about the love triangle. Mercy has chosen her mate. But, of course, that is not as simple as it seems. Mercy has to get over her fears and learn to live with Adam’s pack as well.
That’s not the only problem Mercy is facing in this book. Marsilia, Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy killed the evil vampire Andre, a favorite of Marsilia. Now Marsilia is taking out her vengeance on Mercy’s friend, Stefan.
This book never slows. We get all of Mercy’s problems dropped on us from the beginning and there is never a dull moment as Mercy tries to solve her many dilemmas. Nothing is as it seems and the twists and turns are never-ending. We get helpful insights on the world that Briggs has created, especially concerning vampires and fae. We learn more about vampire politics, which is just as nasty as you would assume.
And, wait for it… we get to meet Mercy’s mother. Yes, you heard right. And boy what an entrance. I hope to see more of her mother in future books because I find her character quite interesting.
I was glued to this book from the get-go. It was action-packed and smoothly written. Briggs is excellent at expanding on ideas and concepts previously introduced in her other books. I also love Mercy as the heroine. She’s gutsy, impulsive, and strong-willed. She has problems and flaws that make her more real and likable.
I really enjoyed the side plot with Mercy’s college friend Amber. Previous books have been hinting on Mercy’s ability to communicate with ghosts. This talent is finally developed in this book. But even the ghost problem at Amber’s house is not as simple as you might think. This was the part of the book that really surprised me and made me sick with nervous energy. Very well done.
My only problem was the many plots that seemed to be mushed together. This book was not as clean as Briggs other books. The ending was somewhat anticlimactic.
We get some foreplay but the sex is off-screen.
I really did enjoy this book. Mercy’s problems were never ending and the action was non-stop. I was so nervous half the time I had to force myself to put the book down and calm myself. As you might have guessed I get very emotionally attached to certain books. And when a book can make me feel that much, I know it’s a winner. The Mercy Thompson series is definitely worth your time.