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Bone Crossed

(Mercy Thompson #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  104,000 ratings  ·  3,311 reviews
By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learn
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 5th 2009 by Orbit (first published February 3rd 2009)
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kittykat AKA Jo Tortitude Hi. I agree. This whole series is urban fantasy with a very slow burn romance as a sub-subplot. Personally, it's a series I read despite the romance (…moreHi. I agree. This whole series is urban fantasy with a very slow burn romance as a sub-subplot. Personally, it's a series I read despite the romance (which I'm not that keen on as I dislike Adam) but for everything else that happens in it.

IMO the Alpha and Omega series which is much more romance based is a better read if that is what you are looking for.
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2020 Mercy Thompson series reread! Review first posted on www.FantasyLiterature.com:

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
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 th
 Danielle The Book Huntress
Reread on Audible in November 2020

So I love these books are audiobooks. Lorelei King is great. Her voice fits Mercy so well. Actually, she's great at the other characters as well. I love the growly inflection she gets when Adam is being Adam, and she captures the dichotomy of Samuel (a man of natural humor but also deeply grieving what he's lost and fears he can never have). Yeah, all the characters.

I forgot how scary this book is. The ghost part is quite chilling, but moreso is the vampire who
Another satisfying installment in the Mercy series, although there was somewhat of the flavor of an in-between book about it. That's not really a criticism from me; when you are in a series for the long haul, it makes sense to take a breather and deal with all the events your characters have faced as well as integrate a feel of the everyday into their lives. At the end of Iron Kissed, there were at least two significant events that needed follow-up and I would have been disappointed in Briggs as ...more
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
Never in my life have I been so confused on my feelings for a series. I like some of the on going plot in this series. I like Mercy and her friends, but I don't like that there is no real romance in this series. It's mainly fantasy imo. Though I will say that this book I did see more of a connection between Mercy and Adam. I just feel like I shouldn't have to wait four books for a connection to really show. I don't know if I want to continue reading this series or not. I have all the books, but ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-read Time. I'm slowly buy surely making my way through the series again.

Second Read Review

So apparently, I don't remember anything from this series. I completely forgot who the bad guy was, or anything about the vampire politics at play or the main plot of the story. The only thing I remembered at all was some superficial stuff about Adam and Mercy's relationship.

It's a little strange that I don't remember more of this series, it is almost like I never read them before.

Still the bad guy was
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
Great PNR series. If you loved the Fever series and the Kate Daniels series, you'll love Mercy Thompson (and Adam...yum). ...more
Re-read for the 3rd time April 12th 2020. Already onto the next one!

Re-read March 24th, 2017.

Mercy manages to attract a lot of trouble and chaos, I guess that might be part of her nature as a Coyote.

After the events of the last book Mercy suffers panic attacks and some hesitatancy even though she knows Adam would never hurt her, but all that takes a back seat when Marsilia finds out about Andre. Trying to figure out a way to keep the Pack safe and alive becomes her priority.

My thoughts? Vampi
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this book even more during this re-read. This is definitely one of my all time favorite series and I honestly believe that everyone who hasn't read these books yet should run to the bookstore right away and buy them up. This is the fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series and it picks up right after the events of the previous book. It is really important that this series be read in order since some of the events are carried
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
February 2018 Reread: Buddy read with Sarah and Erica :)
January 2017 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

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 v
*** 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
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Mercy! She doesn't get much of a break from her ordeal in the previous book before she's back in the action. She seems to be the catalyst for trouble. The magic world continues to gain new depth as the books continue, each new insight building on what we know from the previous books. And then of course there's Adam and Mercy...another excellent read.
This series is a slow burner. I wasn't that impressed with the first book, the second was better, the third a big wowser and SOLD!
Wanda Pedersen
2018 Re-read:

One of my favourite Mercy Thompson novels! Lots of vampire drama, but most importantly we get to know Stefan better. Is it wrong that I still wish Mercy had chosen him rather than Adam? Mercy gets to really draw on her skinwalker powers, proving once again that being a growly werewolf is not necessarily as tough as the wily coyote! (BTW, I saw a big fluffy coyote over the Xmas holidays, and thought of Ms. Thompson).

Re-reading this series has really re-set my internal reading-metre.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dana Ilie
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Briggs excels at characters. It drew me to her traditional fantasy and serves her even better in the longer series format. You come back to a series to see what the characters are doing now, because their lives absorb you and you want to know how things turn out for them. Her characters a multi-dimensional, engaging people and I can’t think of one who I’d wish she’d kill off.

One thing that makes me sad about this series is it shifts focus between creatures. I love that Blood Bound and Bone Cross
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Need More Adam Interference*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 05.07.2019
The fourth book in the series the Volkswagen mechanic and a walker (a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will), Mercedes ‘Mercy’ Athena Thompson (how old is she?), finds herself torn between wanting Adam and what he has to offer, and not putting him in danger by being with her. On top of that, she still struggles with panic attacks from her rape in previous book and her killing vampire Andre has finally reac
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-challenge
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson World # 6 Mercy Thompson # 4

We are back with our favorite part Native-American coyote shape-shifter. She is dealing with the after effects after being raped. She is lucky that she has Adam and his pack of wolves. Which would be strange because wolves normally don't hang or protect shape shifting coyote, however she is adams mate. They are finally on track. YAY!!!

However they get side track when the mistress of the vampire clan is out for blood. Mer
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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
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.
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-
Woman Reading
3.5 ☆ rounded up
My soul was a lot more battered than my body, but I couldn't see it in the mirror. Hopefully no one else could either.

Mercy Thompson has faced many life threatening situations in the past year, but events in Iron Kissed #3 truly rattled her psyche. Bones Crossed picks up Mercy's story the same hour in which book #3 ended. Briggs addresses her mini cliffhanger and then returns to the secrets from the ending of book #2 Blood Bound. It isn't absolutely vital to read the precedin
5 "phenomenal" stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

What do you say about a series that just keeps getting better and better ....I am absolutely addicted at this point!!!!...to this fabulous and stellar paranormal/fantasy series....... I finish one book and I immediately want to pick up the next!!!!

I just have to know what is going to be next for Mercy Thompson our kick-ass heroine/car mechanic/ skinwalker & coyote-shifter.

I was delighted to see the return of Stefan (Mercy's Vampire friend) for this story and I loved how
Jamie Collins
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
1st Read July 2010
2nd Read March 2014
3rd Read January 2016
4th Read January 2017
5th Read February 2018

Original Review

When Stephan appears in Mercy's trailer on the verge of death she discovers that Marsilia (queen of the local vampire seethe) has found out about the vampire that Mercy killed. To say that Marsilia is unhappy is an understatement. Stephan has been thrown out of the seethe for helping keep Mercy's secret & Marsilia wants blood - preferably Mercy's but she is happy to target her fr
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this is almost word for word the same as the end of the previous book. Which is odd, when reading them back to back.

Still trouble with Marsilia and her seethe. Developments with Stefan and a warming up of the relationship with Adam. We have more of the Walking Stick and Mercy practicing her skills as a Walker. This time she is off to Spokane about some ghost. Things happen that make it worse, as they tend to do with Mercy, and there is a vampire that is even scarier than Marsili
Tessy Ijachi
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
The fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series and am still not blown away but I can’t stop reading it for some reason, I wonder why.

This had more mystery than the other books but they all seem to follow the same pattern.

Mercy gets in trouble, thinks about her love life a little and then manages to save herself almost at the last minute.

The thoughts of possession/the acts of possessing a person in this book were so high. She belongs to that person blah blah blah.
It was an entertaining read though
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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 n

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