Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

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Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs
River Marked
Book Info

Released: March 3, 2011
Series: Mercy Thompson #6
Pages: 326


Even after five books, Briggs is able to keep the Mercy Thompson world fresh. ~ Under the Covers

Even after five books, Briggs is able to keep the Mercy Thompson world fresh. I found that this book was very different from the others. It’s set in an entirely different place. No garage here, even though I kind of missed that. The Pack is set on the sidelines, while Mercy and Adam take centre stage and new characters are introduced. The newbies are very interesting because they are the first Native Americans we’ve encountered in this series apart from Mercy. River-Markedexplores Mercy’s Native half and it was a natural change in the course of her life.

But things happen in Mercy’s life that make change inevitable. I thought that as Mercy entered a new phase in her life, her friends were also dealing with changes in theirs. Some are tragic like Stefan who is having trouble dealing with Marsilia’s betrayal while others are more trivial like Jesse trying to figure out ways to outsmart Darryl and let her go out on a date with Gabriel.

While the very beginning and the very end caught my attention, I thought it was a bit slow somewhere in the middle. All the Native stories were getting confusing after awhile. Also, Samuel is not in this one at all! There’s a brief mention of him, but I would have liked to read more about him. Certainly he hasn’t just dropped out of Mercy’s life after all that they’ve been through, no matter that Mercy is married to Adam now.

But my favourite part of the book has to be the letter Mercy wrote for Adam at the very end. It broke my heart! Mercy isn’t fond of expressing her feelings in words, so the fact that she took the time to sit down and do this makes it even more special. I just adore Adam and Mercy together. They’re so perfect!




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About Patricia Briggs

Patricia 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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  1. I didn’t like this one as much as the others. I felt like it really went away from the other books and had a bit of a disconnect at times. Hopefully Frost Burned goes better, because I’m not so sure about this new direction.

  2. I think of this very much as a transition book – we’ve had Mercy the single woman and now she’s moved onto a different stage of her life. I enjoyed the Native American stories in the book – they did slow the story down a bit but it also explains just what Mercy really is – she isn’t what she thought she was – she’s much more. I also think it helps to read the “sister” series at the same time as this series – the one featuring Anna and Charles Cornick (Samuel’s brother) – there are things changing with the Fae and it’s going to be interesting to see what takes place in both worlds due to the interaction both characters have with the Fae

  3. I love this series too. I found the Native American elements and some answers about Mercy’s past very intriguing in this book.

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