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River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  44,787 ratings  ·  2,608 reviews
Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn't go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip - and the pimped-out trailer they're using - is courtesy of the fae. And nothi ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Ace Books
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
*edit 22 Dec 2011*

No? Too much? Nevermind…

YES! Finally a great book! Finally a use for the mysterious walking stick!! Oh such a wonderful day! What a wonderful life!

Love Mercy
Love Adam
Love Coyote
Love Fishy Thing Creature

It just might be the best in the series.

P.S. Chris Hemsworth is so hot.


Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: Adam didn’t approve of Walmart.

Note: This is a spoiler-free review!

I had not read any blurbs or spoilers for this book before I started it and let me tell you how surprised I was at the first few chapters in this one. Yes, it tells the big surprise on the inside of the jacket cover – but since I am posting this review before release date, I don’t feel comfortable talking about it. So I’m not going to talk a lot about the plot. But I will tell you this.

I read this series for two r
Kat Kennedy
River Marked is a good book. There's not really any reason to think otherwise.

It follows on faithfully the tale of Mercedes Thompson through her marriage and honeymoon. Fans of the series might be very relieved that this book's mystery doesn't deal with fae, vampire or pack issues unlike previous books.

After a lovely wedding, Mercy and Adam head off on their romantic and sex fueled honeymoon. The book is very light on any sexual descriptions, possably causing a number of frustrated groans from f
Patricia Briggs has this amazing ability to keep this series feeling fresh. Unlike other longer series (for example, the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries) the plot lines never feel contrived or forced. River Marked is the epitome of Brigg's ability to tell a story that feels so real, despite the fantasy. When more is revealed about Mercy's background it seems authentic, not like Sookie's fairyblood, which seemed pulled out of Harris' ass. The new supernaturals fall flawlessly into their place in Brig ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 STARS!!!

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-Marked explores

*warning* a huge torrent of gushing admiration about to commence...

I now understand people who are so blinded by their love of an author, they truly believe they can write no wrong (listen closely Lisa Kleypas fans) The eye rolling is over, I am officially capitulating and stand repentant... I am now one of you - with Patricia Briggs. I love everything about the way she writes. Her Mercedes Thompson series is humorous, suspenseful, touching, warm, scary, inventive, romantic - everything,
Mar 04, 2011 Christine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Woo-hoo!!! Bring on a new Mercy, I can't wait :) :) :) :)
Angela James
Okay, I finished this last night and I'm not going to do any type of in-depth review, but I wanted to get a few thoughts down. I think people will either love this book or feel a bit meh about it. The book is very much about two things: Adam and Mercy's relationship and Mercy's...biological roots. I think that the outside conflict of the "big bad" is instead used to support the development of those two stories, rather than being the driving force of the book. I enjoyed this.

This book contains a
Lady Allison
Mar 10, 2011 Lady Allison marked it as to-read
She always has amazing covers, I can't wait!
Lisa Kay
Picture of the Columbia River Gorge, by Doug Porter
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★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This sixth 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 (a vampire), who features in the opening scenes of this volume. It has kind of a “I want to drink your blood…” cadence to it, but Ms. King totally
Laura the Highland Hussy
I really enjoyed this latest Mercy Thompson book.

I think that watching Adam and Mercy get married and have a honeymoon was great fun, especially since we all know Mercy can't go 5 minutes without a new enemy.

This time, the Fae are involved in their honeymoon plans, which can come to no good. But we get (for the first time) a bit of her Native American heritage here.

We learn about Mercy's father. We also see a lot of Coyote, the Coyote.

In this book, Mercy is up against an ancient river monster a
Loved spending time with Adam and Mercy again!

Lorelei King's narration as usual was amazing!
I LOVE the Mercedes Thompson series!!!!!!!!! okay, so now that that's out of the way. Mrs. best bring my boy Stephan and his mystery machine back. or we gonna have a few issues.

*************************** after reading *******************************************
STEFAN WAS BACK! not in a way i expected but yes he was indeed back. Thank you Ms. Briggs. This book was pretty good, I felt you could see more of Mercy and Adams relationship develop and how they've grown, and how Mercy has
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

I'm sorry, this is going to come across as completely selfish but so be it, I didn't care what happened to anyone in this book EXCEPT Mercy & Adam. Saying that, the first 2/3 of the book involved a story I didn't care for with a group of people I cared less about. Yeah, I know, I'm a bitch. But I want Mercy and Adam, and I want them with the pack. So sue me, I'm selfish.
Lisa MH
I love the Mercy Thompson books, so I went into this one with high expectations. And it was good; it just wasn't great.


It's a Mercy Thompson book. That alone put it on my instant read list. I adore Mercy's world and the characters within. Briggs has created a truly wonderful and enjoyable universe for us to enjoy.

As always in this series, Briggs displays her strength as a great author. I don't remember any scene that I had to re-read or puzzle through. She paints such a vivid picture with h

I was very excited getting my hands on this book. I love all of the Mercy books; I love the world and all of the characters. This book was a little flat for me when compared to the other books in the series.

Don't get me wrong. Mercy and Adam are wonderful together. I love how Mercy can tame the wild side of Adam's wolf. I love their connection. I just didn't feel the story, even though when I think of it, the story is fine.

I was so happy for Mercy and Adam. Finally married in a beautiful ceremo
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
With books like this there are already so many reviews not much else to say so this will be short.

Did I love it yes? Yes

Did I miss the pack? Yes

Was the plot interesting and engaging? Yes

Still love the characters? Yes

New and like able characters? Yes but still missed old ones

Want to read many more Mercy books? Yes

Wish Adams penis had been detailed? Yes, please

Maybe my memory is wrong but (view spoiler)
Rashika (is tired)
Angela is re-reading this and stuff and has so graciously allowed to me to read along and continue the series with her.

If it weren't for Angela I wouldn't have given this series a second shot and I am really glad I did. I definitely owe her.

The last two books sucked for me and if they sucked for you too, all I can tell you is to have faith because this one gets better. Infinitely better. It was worth every minute I spend reading it.

Adam and Mercy have one of the best relationships ever and Adam
Lady Jaye
It feels really blasphemous to be rating a Patty Briggs book so low :(, and to be fair, I liked it a lot more than many books I've rated three stars. However I rated Bone Crossed four stars and I liked that one much better than this one. So I am rating in comparison to the other books in this series as opposed to the book on its own merit, if you get what I mean. That's said......

I liked the story. It was a good one. But for me it lacked the draw that other books in the series have had. I didn't
Found this book just didn't hold my interest. It's not the same character as in the previous books and I fear Briggs has focused more on the spin offs and written this merely to fullfil a contract.

The Mercy we've come to know is a strong character, from introduction in this she's become a flippant caricature. She visits Stefan simply because it's necessary to mention some of the side characters and acts completely out of character (view spoiler)
The Flooze
River Marked made me laugh, made me tear up, made me tense, and made me sigh in contentment. For some reason this sixth book of the series struck me in a way none of the previous installments did. That in itself is a great feat on Briggs’ part; instead of growing stale over time, Mercy’s escapades are reaching new heights in a way few long-standing series accomplish.

Mercy and Adam are a dynamic, well-suited couple. While it’s been enjoyable watching their relationship develop, it was wonderful t
I love this series...because it's a little different from the other paranormal series out's not steeped in sex, but there's suspense, danger, romance (the real kind), and a smart heroine. She doesn't have all the pieces, we don't have all the pieces, we're still figuring out who she is...but the author does give us pieces (and we get some answers in this one)'s not a forever, unending mystery. Earlier in the series, she's torn between two men...but she chooses, and everyone lives ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
I have often had conversations with my daughter whining about how I wished Patricia Briggs would write 2-3 books a year. She always reminds me that if Briggs did this, the books would not be a good. Briggs is slow, methodical, precise and exceptional in her ability to write amazing stories and River Marked is no exception. I find I want to slow down my reading to savor every word; yet, find myself speeding through the text just to find out what will happen next.
After their wedding, Adam and Me
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Why does it always feel like Christmas come early when a new Mercy Thompson book comes out? Oh right, because it’s Mercy Thompson. Mercy has changed drastically over the course of this series going from someone who was wary, tough, and very independent to a much softer, more playful, and embracing woman. It’s taken me a little while to adjust to this new Mercy, but I think RIVER MARKED is probably my favorite Mercy book since IRON KISSED. Mercy is a lot
Tilly Slaton
As with the other books in the Mercy Thompson series written by Patricia Briggs, River Marked leaves your heart pumping and a smile on your face.

A unique and wonderful book surrounded by werewolves, walkers and vampires. What more could you ask for? How about a reunion with someone your heart has yearned for? To be able to ask the questions and get the answers you have never had in your life?

River Marked offers that and more.

As Mercy and Adam’s relationship progresses, they finally get married.
River Marked is another great book telling the adventures and misadventures of the lovely Mercy Thompson Hauptman and her adoring husband Adam. However, this one wasn't quite as interesting to me as the rest of the books. The main reason is that Mercy and Adam were so far from the pack. The only time that the pack was present was in the beginning for the wedding and briefly after Mercy and Adam returned from their honeymoon. And, while I understand why Patricia Briggs wrote the story this way, i ...more
Heather C
I absolutely loved this book. I was happy to find out more about what Mercy really is and her ancestry. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Native American Folklore.

Finally we get a story where Adam and Mercy are together almost throughout the entire book. (view spoiler)

I missed the Pack and Mercy's other friends so this one felt different to me. But at least we get to see them all for a bit in the
Mercy and Adam are married and its time for the honeymoon- only the lake where they planned to spend it, quiet and alone, has a monster in it and it will take Adam and Mercy to defeat it... along with some help from the spirit world.

This was a great story- short, imo, but one of my favorites in the series. In it more of Mercy's native american roots are explored and we get a glimpse of who her father really was.

But the best part was Mercy and Adam time, their deepening bond and watching their ve
Sophia (FV)
One of the reasons I have come to love urban fantasy is the strong, female protagonists. Patricia Briggs writes one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today in Mercy Thompson. Mercy is not only strong and tough but she’s smart, loyal and genuinely good, making her a heroine that is so easy to love. In as much as I love her character and don’t want her to change, I do want her to be happy with her growly, sexy Alpha werewolf Adam. That’s why I was very excited to find that in River M ...more
4.5 stars. The romantic pairing has been established, the lovers have committed to each other... this is the place in a long-running series where things often start to tank. Briggs meets the challenge with an intense, disturbing story that satisfies as a continuation of the relationship, a delving into the characters, and a meaningful plot.

With a strong emphasis on the folklore and magic of Mercy’s formerly little-known Indian heritage -- I kept think it should have been subtitled “Native Americ
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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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