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Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4)

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  71,122 Ratings  ·  2,072 Reviews
View our feature on Patricia Briggs’s Bone Crossed.Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson hit the #1 spot on the bestseller list with Iron Kissed...

And she's planning a return trip.

Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-a
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Ace Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Patricia Briggs continues to impress me with her oh-so expressive writing that conveys so much, so economically. I am truly in awe of her talent. Clearly I am very behind on this series. It's not due to a lack of appeal, but due to my reading style and my review reading taking up a lot of my reading time. But I do love knowing that I have a guaranteed read when I reach for one of her books.

Mercy is definitely near the top of my list of fictional characters I think I would love to have as a frien
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on

Mercy Thompson, a part-Native American coyote shapeshifter or walker, and full-time mechanic, is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of events in Iron Kissed, but at least she and the local werewolf Alpha, Adam, are on the right track now. Unfortunately for them, their relationship plans promptly get interrupted: Marsilia, the mistress of the local vampire clan or “seethe” (I love that word), has found out that Mercy acted contrary t
Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 06, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
Mercy, mercy, Mercy! Patricia Briggs latest Mercy Thompson novel "Bone Crossed" kept me on the edge of my seat, furiously reading to find out what happened next! There's good news and bad news in Mercy's latest adventure and just when you think things will settle down, BAM, there's someone new looking to mess with Mercy's peace.

Mercy is still recovering from her brutal rape at the hands of a fae 'possessed' wacko. Mercy managed to kill the b^%tard, but it will be a while before the psychological
Alex is The Romance Fox
If there is one reason why I love this series - MERCY THOMPSON…
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I want to be her best friend. She’s an amazing character – brave, strong, humble, feisty, loyal, and she’s a mechanic with a fabulous car!!!!
And then there’s her relationship with wolf shape shifter, Adam Hauptman!!! He’s a total alpha male…possessive, arrogant, brave but he doesn’t take over Mercy’s life……….he respects and admires her…and of course he’s totally in love with her…..swoon….what a man!!!
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I love the world the author h
January 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah: I've never really loved this book as much as the previous 2 in the series, before. But this re-read was different for me. It was stronger here. I appreciated the villain, and the story, and everything that was happening. Mercy needed this time, needed this moment - especially after the events of the last book. And - even though this is one of the worst villains she's faced yet - it was, to me, a welcome reprieve after the heart-wrenching moments in th ...more
I really liked this book, this series gets better and better actually. The cast is filling out nicely, and although there were a few plot twists that were a little obscure, whatever. Nice emotional arc for the character, I really enjoyed it, hardback purchase justified!!
*** 4 ***

This installment in the Mercy world seemed to be more of a refining and a bridging book. After the horrible and devastating experiences Mercy had in the last book, the author decided that she, as well as us, the readers, need a bit of recovery and regrouping time. She does that by slowing the pace a bit and letting Mercy and the wolfs work on developing their relationship. She also found a way to intensify Stephan's connection with the little coyote (poor vampire had to go through real
Jamie Collins
Feb 05, 2009 Jamie Collins rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
This was a pretty good read, but not as satisfying as the earlier books. Why is there always a drop in quality when these series move into hardback?

First of all, this book picks up right where the previous one left off, as if the action had been uninterrupted. It didn't feel like an opening chapter, but rather like I had opened a book in the middle and picked a chapter at random. The emotional intensity of the earlier books is missing here, particularly in Mercy's interaction with Stefan. The bo
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

This is my second time reading Bone Crossed. Having not read the first three books the first time, I was completely lost to what was happening. I didn’t feel attached to Mercy’s character and didn’t find the romance engaging. This time around though, everything was in perspective and I found that this book was a lot “lighter” in terms of the banter between characters. Briggs really kicked up the humour in this book! I found myself stupidly smiling at the teasing between
The Mercy Thompson series is a comfort read for me. I sit down and immerse myself in the Mercy’s world and I don’t even notice that time has passed. In fact, I am always sad when I finish reading a book. Not because the ending is sad, but because I finished another book in the series. I don't want this series to end.

I love so many things about this series. I love how the author mixes up werewolves, vampires, and fae and has them living together in our world semi-peacefully. I enjoy the pack hier
Jan 03, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
I think I had a fairly good run. I managed to read two whole books before becoming once again severely put out with/by Mercy Thompson. This at least, lets me know that it was not my finicky mood that caused me to dislike Moon Called rather, there are honest to goodness irritants imbedded in Mercy’s character description and narration that annoys this shit out of me.

First let me state how appalled I am by the fact that Briggs allowed her rapped heroine to have sex only a week after her rape. WTF
Jan 07, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Ange

1st Read July 2010 - Rating 5 * - Review HERE
2nd Read March 2014 - Rating 5 * - Review HERE
3rd Read January 2016 - Rating 5 *

Since it's been nearly 2 years since Ange & I buddy read this series last we decided we're well overdue another read in the run up to the release of Fire Touched next March.

I love this series so much! The characters, the world building just everything about these books makes them a comfort read for me. Along with Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series

Figures, the moment I think about giving up with this series, the 4th picks up!!!

Liked it much more than all the others, simply because Adam and Mercy interact with each other. I don't need sex in the books, that's why I love reading YA books, but I do need for both main characters have some sort of communication. And this book gave me that. And still, I like more the vamps in this series than werewolves. And I usually go for furry animals and not blood sucking ones.

Definitely will continue
Aly is so frigging bored
1st Read: 15 July, 2012
I like almost all the characters in this series, isn't that weird?!

2nd read: 24-25 June, 2015
I love the series.
Oct 18, 2010 Cyna rated it it was ok
This is the first book where we get the dual-plotline format, presumably because Briggs liked both concepts but couldn't figure out a way to stretch them both out into book length. It's strange to have one plot advertised on the cover, and then have a completely different one make up most of the book, especially when there is nothing tying the two together, except Mercy. It must suck to have two super powerful bad guys plotting against you at the exact same time.

There’s nothing particularly memo
Lisa Kay
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(Review of audiobook.) This fourth installment of Mercy Thompson’s series is very well narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King certainly has cemented her voice as Mercy’s in my brain and she delivers nicely for this first person narrative. Love her Italian accent for Stefan, who features prominently in this volume.

As far as the story, it is so great to hear Mercy “rise above” what had happened to her and do so realistically. (I was pretty upset after Iron Kissed. I wanted to give the se
Robin (Bridge Four)
“One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.”

Well isn’t that true. Mercy has always felt like she was on the outside looking in and alone. Raised by the wolves she was still never part of the pack, little did she know how important she was to Bran the Alpha of all Alphas. When she accepted Adam as her mate she never really knew what that would mean. N
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I feel like if I tried to explain what I do and don't like about these books, it's not going to make any sense.

My mind wanders. Even during the "exciting" parts.

I don't know. I wish I did. It must be a personal style thing because I do read "non-fluffy" books and "not the usual genre standard" books.

My mind wanders. Even right after I finish a chapter which held my interest, my mind wanders when things lull out for a minute.

The series is good enough, but not grabbing me. I'll possibly try bo
Finally, Stefan is back on the scene, still mysterious in motive, but protective to our heroine, Mercy. And that is despite his treatment by the local vampire seethe. (Isn’t that a great collective noun for vampires?)

This is also the book that sees Mercy make her choice between werewolves Adam and Samuel. I’m somewhat disappointed that she had to choose, rather than remaining independent. So often, once a choice is made, the sexual tension drains out of a series and it becomes less interesting.
Shera (Book Whispers)
Let's be honest. Briggs has introduced the bad guy first thing in every book. Attempts at red-herring and yada don't work. You know who it is. It's been consistent for 3 books. So what does she do? She not only has them talking about Blackwood before he shows up, but then after he shows up they make fun of Mercy for being able to attract the only vampire in the whole area. Then the true mystery and intrigue happens. Because Blackwood is one creepy-creepy-creepy goose bumps inducing vampire. On t ...more
Yay, Stefan's back in this book! Since he is my favorite character in the series, I seriously missed him in the last book. And, he is better than ever.

"Want to explain to the kid that I'm more a Spike than a Buffy? A villain, not a superhero?"
I batted my eyelashes at him. "You're my hero."...
"I'm no one's hero, Mercy."
I turned my face until I was looking directly at Chad. "Do you think that means I won't get to see him in spandex?"... Chad made a yuck face.
"hey," I told them, "watching good-lo
Fourth book in the urban fantasy with the werecoyote car mechanic.

Why did I read this? The third book did such a terrible job with the aftermath of rape (OMG I have been raped and am therefore unworthy of my boyfriend's love!), and I thought I was done. This book walks back the very worst of the last book, then wanders along through your standard issue urban fantasy plot, with extra werewolf mating. It would be unexceptionable, if only Briggs didn't keep trying to have, you know, issues. Mercy's
Tilly Slaton
Bone Crossed is not on my top favorites list in this series. Actually, it is probably my least favorite.

Mercy’s mother pays an unexpected visit due to the rape and murder from the previous book. Ben, as weird and revealing as his character proved in the last book .. had a warm reaction to her presence.

But his attention was all for my mother. (Ben’s)

“She’s married,” I warned him. “And if you call her a rude name, she’ll shoot you with her pretty pink gun and I’ll spit on your grave.”

Adam said, “B
Wendy F
Hot diggity dog, that was good! I couldn't put this one down, especially the last half.

I know we've been all 'Adam or Sam', 'Sam or Adam', but how's this for a response, "Gimme Bran!" I mean, the more I read these books, including A&O the more awesome I think the Marrok is! YUM. And you know who else I adore? Stefan!! I keep waiting for the shoe to drop and for him to betray Mercy but he never does. He just gets better more and more interesting! (See all the exclamation points! Me happy read
May 27, 2011 Jensownzoo rated it liked it
Well, I wasn't as impressed with this addition to the Mercy Thompson series (which I really, really like). For some reason, it was more words-on-a-page to me than an experience. Less drawn into the story, less tension/action overall to the story, less details when you wanted details. This very much seemed like a transition/plotwrap book instead of a contribution to the overall story arc. I guess after the last book actually made me cry, I was expecting this book to be similarly emotionally evoca ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it more the second time. 4.5 stars. Tied with Silver Borne for BEST in the series, IMO. First reading, gave it barely 4 stars, but after reading the sequels to it (books 5-7) I liked it more.

Major plot events (HUGE SPOILERS!): (view spoiler)
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
This book for me wasn't as good as the rest. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the ride but there was one thing that annoyed me and I couldn't get over it enough to make me love this one.

I don't know if I can explain what annoyed me without spoiling it completely but I will try.
(view spoiler)
Marsilia, the leader of the Tri-City vampires has learned that it was Mercy who killed one of her seethe. Now she must leave her home while Adam negotiates with Marsilia to avoid a war. She travels to Spokane to help an old friend with a ghost problem and runs straight into the vampire who single handedly has kept the entire city for himself.

Entertaining vampires, werewolves and fae.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I know I said this about Iron Kissed, but I think this might be my favourite in the series! It had the same kind of mystery plot as the other books, but with the added extra of Adam and Mercy trying making the first forage into their relationship.

I can't really say anything different about Bone Crossed that I have about the other books in the series. Mercy is now a firmly one of my favourite heroines, the plot was interesting and kept me guessing and Adam was wicked hot. For me this series gets
Feb 13, 2009 MelissaB rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans
Another great entry in the Mercy Thompson series and we finally get some payoff between Mercy and her mate but unfortunately it was mostly left up to the imagination, which normally drives me nuts but I forgave Patty because the rest was so good (Hint to author: Please include more details next time, I can't stand vagueness)
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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 na
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Other Books in the Series

Mercy Thompson (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
  • Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
  • Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
  • River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
  • Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)
  • Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)
  • Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)
  • Silence Fallen  (Mercy Thompson, #10)
  • Untitled  (Mercy Thompson, #11)

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