Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Orbit
Released on February 5, 2009
I can’t remember how many times I have read this book. It remains a solid favorite among other books in the series. I think of it as Mercy’s comeback from what tried to destroy her in book three.
Bone Crossed is the fourth of the sensational Mercy Thompson series which is strongly connected from book to book so doesn’t make for good standalones or out of order.
In Bone Crossed, Mercy is working herself up for some personal time with Adam after she agrees to be his mate and she’s nearly ready for intimacy and Adam’s going to get the woman he has patiently waited for, but of course that is when all hell breaks loose. We encounter Mercy’s mom and wasn’t that good times, but then a tortured, nearly permanently dead Stefan is dropped on her and she learns that the Mistress of the local vampire Seethe now knows who killed one of her favorites. When things escalate to near war between the werewolves and vampires with Mercy in the middle, the only chance for peace is if Mercy steps away and is no longer a source of antagonism. Conveniently, an old college acquaintance living in Spokane has a ghost she needs help with. Too conveniently, maybe?
Bone Crossed brings a closer look at both were and vampire politics and in the middle of crisis, there are some brilliant relationship moments for Mercy and Adam. And, that adventure in Spokane was quite the interesting revealer to Mercy about her ‘walker’ powers. All fantastic stuff.
But, what I think really struck me this go around was how strongly Mercy feels responsible for everyone she loves and even total strangers if they are innocent and facing a big and bad monster. She is willing to go to great lengths to protect others, especially Adam, but struggles to accept protection and care herself. She also has a big epiphany about why it took her so long to allow a mating with Adam. I love how she is constantly evolving and learning about herself and others.
So, my reread for the Books of My Heart challenge continues to generate fabulous results and it is all I can do not to binge right up to the latest release. If you haven’t picked up this series, I envy you your first experience with Mercy’s world.
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