Audiobook Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Posted June 18, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 28 Comments

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Audiobook Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs
River Marked
Narrated by Lorelei King

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Series: Mercy Thompson Series #6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on March 1, 2011
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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The Delight

As I continue through the Mercy Thompson Readalong, I discover more and more how this series stands the test of time.  I’m doing the readalong as a re-read, but in audio with Lorelei King’s vocal talent to make it a great experience.  Again.


Review

River Marked is the sixth book in the series of an urban fantasy series that must be read in order.

Mercy has fought rogue werewolves, dark witch magic, demons, vampires, and killer fae, but that doesn’t cause half the anxiety that her mother’s wedding planning does.  She is really seriously considering an elopement at this point.

But, the wedding takes place and Adam and Mercy choose a laid back RV camping trip to a campground along the river for their honeymoon.  They are enjoying marriage and the time to unwind, seeing the local sites, and then they rescue a terrified fisherman whose out of his mind and missing a foot.  Local reports of other missing people along the river, help from the local Yakima Nation shamans, mysterious Native American gods, a ghost from Mercy’s past, and a mark on Mercy interrupt their quiet for an adventure that leaves Mercy right in the middle of it all.

When I said these books stood the test of time, I meant that nearly a decade later and I still find them a sensationally satisfying read.  I mentioned in Silver Borne’s review that I’ve reached the point where I had the vaguest memories of the stories.  I remembered it was their honeymoon, they encountered Native American mystical elements, and a river monster (and a few spoilerish things I won’t mention).  But, the details and the fabulous moments as Mercy and Adam began married life- both the ups and downs of adjustment and Mercy being able to find peace over her heritage both family and racial was just an incredible bit of writing.  I forgot so much about Patricia Brigg’s talent in connecting so well with her story so that nothing feels rushed or underdeveloped and happens at just the right moment.

This one turned out to be another turning point in the series because from this point on a certain character becomes a new recurring cast member and I do enjoy how things go to chaos when he’s around, the walking stick takes on a new role, and Mercy is more at ease with some aspects of herself.  See?  Patricia Briggs is still growing her characters and painting in more of the background even now- no sloppy or laziness as the series progresses.

Lorelei King has hit her stride and I can’t imagine what other form of praise that I haven’t already said.  Other than this, I’ve only read this series up until now and that can be problematic switching to audio and not finding the narrator meshing with what I imagined the characters would sound like.  King does.  I had no issues with the transition even though I’ve read all the books to date.

In summary, I loved this adventure plunging Mercy into new supernatural elements and a new twist in her relationship with Adam.  I struggle harder each month not to grab the next book and binge.  Urban Fantasy fans who haven’t taken the plunge really must!


Challenges Met

Library Love #8
Romanceopoly #43 City Lane (Urban Fantasy)
Audio #41

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana, to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses and writes full time, much to the delight of her fans.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love

I didn’t think I could ever read a long series but this year I read the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh and I’ve completely changed my mind. I’ve heard terrific things about Mercy and Adam and I am eager to meet them. I’m glad you’re having fun with these books! 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Oh fun that you dove into Psy-Changeling and scarfed it down. 🙂

Yes, you definitely want to jump in with both feet to the Mercy Thompson world. If you can, read this series with the Alpha and Omega series in their release order so you get it all. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
5 months ago

I have seen this series and author around for awhile but I’ve never tried her. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Someday, Debbie! 🙂 I enjoy reading reviews on series books to get a feel for the series (especially when I know that it will be forever or maybe a never series for me).

Crystal
5 months ago

It’s great how these books have stood the test of time for you!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Crystal

Oh yes! They reveal new tidbits that I didn’t notice the first time and I can lose myself in the writing so I can forget what I already knew about the story.

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Fabulous review. I know what you mean on standing the test of time. Each time I pick up the books to re-read or re-listen feels like the first time and I’m discover it all over again. I’m enjoying the read-along as well.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

It has been fun stopping by your blog and catching your thoughts on the readalong books, too, Angela. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Thanks for joining in the Read-along! I hope it has been as amazing for you as it is for me. This series is one of my top 5 of all-time. I am so, so happy to be re-reading after several years for the earlier ones.

Excellent review!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Yes, it is on my all-time favs list, too. It feels like an interesting blend of first time and a little more with these middle ones since I don’t remember as much and sometimes not even the important stuff.

Carole Rae
5 months ago

I think I’ll start book 1 soon.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Be prepared to get hooked good. 🙂 Oh, and if you end up liking it, you might want to consider for reading order both the Mercy and Alpha and Omega series in release order since they crossover events at times.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I enjoy this series more every time I read through it. I was excited to have more light shed on Mercy’s heritage with this installment. And quality time with Adam, of course!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Yes, seeing her grapple with her heritage and also getting private time with them as a couple were definitely huge highlights of this one.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Agreed, it really does stand the test of time Sophia. One of my favorites.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

I have thought about it and I think I loved it more this second time through than I did originally.

Melliane
5 months ago

Oh yes it was a fun one, I agree!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Most definitely, Melliane!

Mary Kirkland
5 months ago

One of these days I’m going to have to read her books because they always sound good to me.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh man, I can’t wait to see what you think, Mary. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Thanks for linking up Sophia!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

You betcha!

Jen
Jen
5 months ago

Great review. I too am vaguely aware of details. But I do remember this one was one of my favorites. So much happened and we learned a lot. I should go back!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Jen

It’s amazing how much I forgot even though I thought I remembered the high points.

Lola
5 months ago

I haven’t read this series yet, but your reviews for this series while re-reading it make me want to give them a try at some point. It really sounds like a solid series. It can be fun when in long running series a character slowly becomes a recurring character in later books. It can be though sometiems when picking up the audio when you onyl read the books so far, I’ve done soem re-reads in audio that worked out well for me, but I recently tried one that didn’t work for me. The narrator was good, but he didn’t quite… Read more »

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, it is fun to reread/listen and spot the place where a person was introduced, knowing what they will become in the series. I’ve been enjoying see when certain events happened b/c later in the series its all rather mix-up to me.
Yes, her narration matches the story and characters so well. I know what you mean about a narrator being perfectly good, but just not a match for a type of story so it doesn’t work.

Jen
Jen
5 months ago

Okay, this is strange. This is the third time I’ve left a comment, come back and it’s gone. Are the comments going to spam??

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Jen

They did. Sorry about that, Jen! 🙂