Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on March 1, 2011
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.
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!
Library Love #8
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