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Blood Bound

Mercy Thompson book #2

by Patricia Briggs

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Another excellent showing here, with Mercy Thompson getting caught up with the local vampire seethe, whilst trying not to get her friendly neighbourhood werewolves too entangled in the resulting mess. The tone was sometimes much darker than the first of the Mercy Thompson books, as getting involved with the vampires seemed to involve getting a whole lot of blood over many things. If you don’t like your urban fantasy too gritty, this might be a problem, but I felt it was all in keeping with the plot, and none of it was gratuitous or merely put in to shock.

Four stars this time instead of five, as I was a little alarmed with the way an increasing number of the other main characters seem to be falling romantically for Mercy herself. I also wasn’t totally convinced by Mercy’s motivations to go out hunting alone again in the final 30 or so pages of the book. Still, very enjoyable, and I’ll be reading more!

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Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Read date: Feb 2017

4 stars

Three and three quarter stars, really, but rounded it up to four as it has potential for the rest of the series (and minus a quarter star for the cover art – I mean I know sex sells, and it’s fun, but it nearly put my wife off reading it, which would have been a shame as she loves them now!)

Quite a fun fantasy-in-the-modern-world story: you’ve got shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, and the fae, all hiding in plain sight in the modern world. A slight twist in this world is that the fae – at least the “lesser” fae – have been outed, and their existence is known to us mundanes.

The plot is centred around Mercy Thompson, a shapeshifting car mechanic, and the troubles she gets into with the neighbourhood werewolves. Her next-door neighbour is the alpha of the pack, and tends to do things like leave Mercy’s pet cat on her doorstep with a note saying “please keep your cat off my lawn, or I might eat him”. Things get complicated when Mercy hires a drifter type to help out in the garage, who she quickly realises is a “lone wolf” werewolf, one without a pack.

The story is fun, with quite a lot of scene setting in the first half, but the pace picks up in the back half and I enjoyed the ride. I will definitely pick up the next one if I’m off on holiday and fancy an entertaining read on the beach!