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“In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”—Locus
“Briggs has created a believable alternative world populated with strong dynamite characters, deadly adversaries and cunningly laid plots that leave the reader looking for more.”—Monsters and Critics
“A compelling and fascinating supernatural tale that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris will thoroughly enjoy.”—The Best Reviews
More Praise for the Mercy Thompson Novels
“I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns…It left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The best new urban fantasy series I’ve read in years.”—Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Action-packed and with more than a few satisfying emotional payoffs...Patricia Briggs at the top of her game.”—The Speculative Herald
“The characters are all realistic and vibrant.”—The Independent
“These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns.”—SFRevu
“The world building is incredibly lush and subsuming...a fantastic urban fantasy adventure.”—Fresh Fiction
“Outstanding.”—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
About the Author
- ASIN : B000O76NHS
- Publisher : Ace (January 30, 2007)
- Publication date : January 30, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 2158 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 335 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,097 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Mercyverse books on my website.
It's not only the werewolves that get outed, so did Mercy as a walker hated by vampires. It'll take quite a bit to keep her alive.
Especially with that demon-ridden vampire running around the Tri-Cities. This was a pip of a story with plenty of action and some really tense — negative — events. Had my heart in my mouth for a few of these. It doesn't help with all the betrayals rampant in Blood Bound.
I do enjoy Adam's "relationship" with Mercy. It's all push and pull with Mercy getting her vengeance with that old Rabbit, half destroyed in a field with some excellent graffiti that greatly annoys the OCD Adam.
Briggs also gets some good bits in about bigotry, all those fears about "monsters" and gays. It's the scary "monster under the bed" fears we all have to some extent. Of course, it doesn't help when evil is prodding and poking at everyone's self-control. It's Kyle who pokes fun at people by emphasizing his gayness. Ya gotta love the guy, ROFL.
Briggs uses first person protagonist point-of-view from Mercy's perspective, so everything we know is what Mercy experiences.
Ooh, one of those subplots is Andre's taking of Daniel. Stefan is so ticked. Another subplot that keeps me so entertained is Adam insisting that Mercy needs bodyguards, lol. She so hates that. She's also, um, found out that Adam declared her his mate. Oops...
Ooh, Mercy is getting herself in deep with the cops, the vampires, and the fae. Each has their own way of meting out justice. Of course, that sorcerous vampire is pretty nasty too...just take a look at Mercy's trailer!
Whoa...turns out Warren's been faking it all this time. It's definitely an eye-opener! Another reveal is pretty nasty...if Stefan is dead, so are his sheep, according to what Naomi tells Mercy. We also find out where the vampires find their sheep. It is a practical choice. Especially Stefan's since he's realized that these more modern times require a more practical, world-serving choice.
Then there's that snark for which I adore Mercy. That was some zinger she sent Andre's way, lol. Of course, it's not the same as that final zinger. It cracked me up, reading about Adam having to rescue that "dog" all the time.
A dominant theme in the series is, well, dominance. Adam is an alpha werewolf who had been in the army, so he can't help being a control freak. It's not an approach that appeals to Mercy, and Adam is struggling to compromise.
The Tri-Cities is awash in violence and blood, and everyone needs a Mercy who can tickle out the truth and take the culprit down.
Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson owns a garage and works on German cars. She's also a walker who turns into a coyote, sees ghosts, and is immune to some vampire magics. Medea is her Manx cat who loves anyone who will pet her. Gabriel Sandoval is her current part-time office manager and tool rustler.
Dr Samuel Cornick is now Mercy's roommate and a werewolf friend from her childhood. He's finally licensed to practice medicine in Washington state and works in the ER at a Kennewick hospital. He's also the oldest son of the Marrok, Bran Cornick, the Alpha of all Alphas in North America. Charles is Bran's younger son. Bryan, a werewolf in the Marrok's pack, and his human wife, Evelyn, had been Mercy's foster parents.
The Columbia Basic pack is...
...the local werewolf pack led by Adam Hauptman, a former Ranger who now owns a security company. Jesse is his fifteen-year-old human daughter. Adam is divorced from Jesse's selfish, irresponsible mother.
Dr Darryl Zao is Adam's second and an engineer. His wife, Auriele, is a chemistry teacher at a high school. Warren, a real cowboy when he'd been turned, is Adam's third and a good friend to him and Mercy. He's also gay, which is quite an achievement for him to have survived this long...and to be accepted (at least by Adam) into a pack. He's in a relationship with Kyle Brooks, a shark of a divorce lawyer for whom Warren now works as a private investigator. A computer geek who works at the Pacific Northwest Nation Laboratory, Ben is a recent import from England who sneers swear words and is not trusted around women. Mary Jo works for the Kennewick Fire Department. While Honey is a dominant wolf, she prefers her low rank due to her mate, Peter Jorgenson, a submissive and a plumber. Elliot. The nasty Paul who thinks he's all that.
Stefan "Soldier" Ucello is a loyal vampire who loves Scooby Doo with his own Mystery Machine, and he's Mercy's friend. Daniel had been one of Stefan's sheep. His other sheep include Naomi, a professor with leukemia, who acts as business manager; Rachel has been with him since she was twelve; Josephine "Joey" rides a motorcycle and scared too easily; Tommy; and, Ford, who is dang close to becoming a vampire. The Mistress of the local seethe is Signora Marsilia, a banished vampire. Lilly is a crazy vampire but one gifted as a pianist. Andre, the "Courtier" with a preference for pirate shirts, is one of Marsilia's powerful vampires along with the crazy Wulfe the "Wizard", Bernard, Estelle is the "Teacher", and Stefan.
The non-scary fae came out some thirty years ago on the orders of the Gray Lords, and the government put them on reservations to protect them and keep them where the feds could keep an eye on them.
Uncle Mike's is a mostly fae bar in Pasco. It's owned by, ta-dah, Uncle Mike, a powerful fae. Fergus is one of the bouncers who forgot about not killing the customers. Biddy is another bouncer.
Siebold "Zee" Adelbertsmiter calls himself a gremlin, able to handle metals of all kinds. He had employed Mercy as a mechanic and later sold the garage to her. He's still her friend.
Sylvia Sandoval is a widow who works as a dispatcher for the Kennewick Police Department. Gabriel is her oldest and the rest are her vivacious girls. Tony Montenegro is an undercover detective who's in love with Sylvia and is a friend of Mercy's. Sergeant Owens is the watch commander.
Elizaveta Arkadyevna is an almost black witch who is under contract for clean-ups with the pack and the seethe.
Asmodeus, no wait, he's Kurfel, nope, no, he's Cory Littleton, a sorcerer from Chicago who is desiring great power.
The existence of werewolves was revealed to the world six months ago and scientists everywhere, including Johns Hopkins, are studying what virus or bacteria is involved. Mrs Marjorie Hanna is a ghost with a regular route that includes Mercy's garage. Tom Black is a reporter after a story about Adam. Kim is an upholstery genius who collaborates with Mercy in restoring rusting hulks. Sensei Johanson is Mercy's teacher in shisei kai kan as opposed to Adam's aikido. Josef Riddlesback, a werewolf, is a friend of John Beckworth whose young daughter, Kara, was attacked. Jonie is a nurse at Kadlec Hospital.
The Cover and Title
The cover is primarily orange with that striped, deep orange sky forming most of the background. The frame of it is an open bay door with piles of tires on either side of the bottom. I reckon that bat hanging from the top and those flying in the sky represent the vampires. Mercy herself, with those tattooed sleeves, the "necklace", and her coyote paw print all exposed (why does Briggs have this need to show off more tattoos than Mercy has??), wearing a black bra that gives her plenty of cleavage with a maroon button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up and cinched in with a belt over her jeans, holds a wrench in her left hand, laying it up on her shoulder with her head tilted down and aside. Her brown hair is bound into a ponytail (did this cover artist even read the book?). The info blurb at the top is in a greenish yellow with the author's name below it in white. A testimonial in white is immediately below that. At the bottom is the title, also in white.
The title is primarily about the vampires who are Blood Bound.
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In this story Mercy is asked to help Stefan the vampire and becomes embroiled in what is happening in the local vampire community. The author is clear about how evil the vampires are and what they have to do to maintain their existence. She is good too at outlining their mind games and manipulations. As Mercy becomes more and more involved the werewolves are dragged into the mess as well and Mercy has to face up to the attraction she feels for both the leader of the local werewolf pack and a visitor from out of town.
The author is good at conveying Mercy's character and gives her some great lines whilst staying well on the right side of rude (some other heroines in the genre are not so fortunate). The politics is well done and the author really shows us evil and also the compromises that people make with evil. The book is an easy and quick read with plenty of action but it has a lot to say about evil and tolerance in a truly entertaining way.
I suggest that you read this as a second in the series as it is easier to grasp all teh characters after reading the first book. You will then be delighted to know that there are more to enjoy !
Comparing this to the first book, they are largely on the same level. If anything, I found this second book better, at least in terms of story. It was fast-paced and interesting enough that I read it in one sitting through the afternoon (completely forgetting about mundane things such as water or getting up to stretch my legs). The first book focused mainly on werewolf troubles and politics, with only glimpses of the vampires and the fae. This one is more focused on the vampire community, although something that started off as their problem (and Mercy's, due to her friendship with a vampire) quickly spreads to affect not only the other preternatural creatures, but also the humans as well. It doesn't help that the werewolves have just outed themselves to humanity, either. The balance of power and politics between each group was very interesting to follow.
The dynamics of the vampire community were explored in a way that really impressed me. It's believable and makes sense, as far as these things go. I also loved the fact that the vampires in this series are in fact dark, unpredictable, mostly evil creatures (big sigh of relief!) that are only attractive when they choose to be, and even then for selfish reasons (mostly, but not limited to, feeding). Yet I still found myself sympathizing with them, and I applaud the author for presenting things from the eyes of only one person (Mercy, who acts as the narrator) while still being able to show each side's perspective in a way that makes it hard not to like even the outright evil creatures.
I also liked that the romance wasn't sentimental or forced and just tied in neatly without distracting from the story. I have very little patience for overly romantic things, and the main character seemed to share that trait, being way too down to earth and practical to dwell too much on moping, when there are bills to be paid and dead bodies showing up everywhere, but still managing not to be too cold or disengaging.
I recommend this series for people who like fantasy and are looking for something easy, but well-constructed, to read.