River Marked

River Marked

A Mercy Thompson Novel

Book - 2011
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Car mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has never known any others of her kind. Until now. As Mercy comes to terms with this new information, an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River--and if Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, are to have any hope of surviving, they will need all the resources the shifters can offer.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441019731
0441019730
Characteristics: 324 p. : map ; 24 cm

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happycanuck
Apr 10, 2018

Generally a good read but...there were so many characters with so much conjecture as to what their heritage could be and who they really might be or might have been that it became frustrating and confusing.

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nidofito
Nov 25, 2017

I think River Marked may be my last Mercy Thompson for the next little while. The writing felt a little off throughout the book, especially the converations which didn't really feel natural. I like Adam and Mercy but more as a couple rather than individuals. It's really nice to see them interact both in human and animal form but I'm at a point where I know what they're like. Also, the stories aren't really that extraordinary, anyways.

The covers, as always, are goreous.

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kristinhaas
Jun 06, 2015

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sarahfelkar May 01, 2015

This 6th book in the Mercy Thompson series takes Mercy and Adam away from their home and into an area near the Columbia River. A bit different than the adventures in the other novels, and a lot of fun for fans of the series.

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StarGladiator
Oct 15, 2014

Wow! Daniel dos Santos does some great covers!

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artemishi
Oct 14, 2014

River Marked is the 6th in the Mercy Thompson series, an urban fantasy that takes place in the Pacific Northwest (mostly). And the first of the series that I read. As you might imagine, it was a pretty straightforward story, so I'll break my review down for simplicity:

The Good
Mercy's voice was snarky without being annoying, and I appreciate the Coyote personality traits she has.
There was a nice amount of exposition for a first-time-reader like myself, without the story getting bogged down in it.
The dynamic between Mercy and Adam felt natural and nicely balanced.
It takes place on the Columbia River, and there were references to areas of Eastern WA that I got a kick out of.

And Not So Much
Patricia Briggs doesn't believe in contractions. All of the dialogue felt stilted and forced, and it was borderline racist that no Native American character ever used a contraction in conversation, despite the fact that they're speaking English in 2010. Listening to the audiobook, this drove me nuts.
Speaking of listening, the narrator kept squeezing her voice into a girlish flatness at the end of her sentences- it was super distracting and annoying. Open your throat, Lorelei, and speak like a narrator.
Honestly, while some parts were fun, I didn't feel invested in any individual character, and the life-and-death stakes fell flat because of it. Kind of trope-ish, really.
All the potential emotional impact was basically undone at the end. I'm not a huge fan of wrapped-up-happy-endings.

Overall, it wasn't by cup of tea. But if you're in the mood for some light reading urban fantasy, then starting with Book 1 in the series might be a nice way to get there.

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Tbaby
Oct 16, 2013

so good!!! love me some mercy and adam!...and most the other characters too!

marilynnebooks Mar 29, 2013

Enjoyable read and series. Looking forward to next book.

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rixonkarla
Aug 17, 2012

The Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorite pulpy urban fantasy series. Its an easy, fun read, and I love that its set in Washington.

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221221014196866
Aug 04, 2012

Great Book! I was hooked straight from the first page, love it!

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20KBT10
Mar 07, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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harley_175
Aug 10, 2019

“How confusing it must be to have a coyote half, a human half, an Indian half, and a white half.”

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harley_175
Aug 10, 2019

Mercedes mother is arraigning the wedding and She wants butterflies and gold balloons.
“Monarch butterflies” “Can you imagine the poor things trying to figure out their migration route from the Tri-Cities?”
“She has to be stopped before she destroys the ecosystem.”

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Kelticat
May 16, 2011

I think I'll pitch it to the Gray Lords as suicide by werewolf. Anyone who hurts you in front of Adam is too stupid to live anyway.---Uncle Mike

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