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River Marked

(Mercy Thompson #6)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  82,857 ratings  ·  3,882 reviews
Mercy Thompson: Mechanic, Shapeshifter, Fighter.

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. And she's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

As Mercy comes to terms with this new informati
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Orbit (first published March 1st 2011)
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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.


Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
River Marked, book #6 in the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series, takes place mostly during Mercy's honeymoon, which starts off wonderfully (I <3 Adam) and then goes south in a way that only Mercy's life can, with something very ancient, fearsome and hungry in the water. It's worse than Jaws for making you afraid to go in the water.

A fair amount of Native American mythology - or Briggs' variation on it, anyway - is woven into the storyline, along with the usual suspects (werewolves, vampires and
Kat Kennedy
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Maria V. Snyder
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still loving this series! (view spoiler) Another fun and fast read! ...more
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Mercy is back ~~ sassier than ever and with her classic ability to find trouble basically anywhere

This series continues to be a fun brilliant example of how paranormal detective series can provide a solid framework for their world. Create an intriguing mystery plot then sprinkle on your own unique take

In this series being Mercy Thompson is a Mechanic, Shapeshifter, and fighter who is finally joining the rest of the paranormal world and meeting others of her kind.

And might I say... they are ver
Re-read for a 3rd time April 23, 2020I find more to love after every reading!

Re-read March 27th 2017

Spoilers if you haven't read the previous books.****

Adam and Mercy go on a luxury camping honeymoon, and trouble and excitement follow, because nothing can be simple or boring in Mercy's life. River monsters, psycho otters, other shifters and Coyote show up to make things interesting.

Love Adam and Mercy together! They are definitely a power couple.

Lorelei King's narration as usual was amazin
Nov 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Briggs fans
I consider this the Mercy installment written for the romance fans. When I first read it in 2011, I felt like the pacing was awkward but overall appreciated and enjoyed the story, particularly the exploration of Mercy's heritage. Re-reading confirms the overall issues with the series Silver Borne/series review but it remains an enjoyable installment.

It begins with Mercy rescuing a male friend from himself, followed by pre-wedding jitters, encouraged by Mercy's mom now including butterflies and b
Sep 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars for River Marked: Mercy Thompson Series, Book 6 (audiobook) by Patricia Briggs read by Lorelei King.

I really like where this story is going. We are learning so much more about Mercy and the world around her.
February 2018 Reread. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica
February 2017 Re-read

January 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah.

Next to Iron Kissed, I think this is the most emotional book for me. We get a LOT more time with just Mercy and Adam. A lot more insight into Mercy's heritage. And a lot more emotion throughout it all. I became very quickly attached to characters we just met, and love Adam and Mercy even more than I ever have.

Original Review:
Mercy's going crazy. And it's not the fae, wolves, or
Alex is The Romance Fox
I discovered this series when I read this book and that was it!!! I knew I was going to love reading Mercy Thompson’s adventures!!! And I do love this series!!! I am totally addicted!!

River Marked is the 6th book in the series and it’s quite different to the previous novels as it’s mostly set away from Mercy’s home and a whole new set of characters are introduced, which gives us more information about Mercy’s heritage.

Mercy & Adam are now married and mated and set off on their honeymoon to a sec
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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This wasn't my favorite book in the series but it was still a really good story. If you have been following my reviews you probably already know that I adore this series. I remember reading this book back when it was first released and enjoying it and I liked it just as much on this audio re-read. This is a series that I have made a point to keep up with and look forward to every installment. I had a lot of fun listening to the audio
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Werewolf and fae fans, Urban Fantasy fans
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
Dana Ilie
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tone in River Marked was a bit different from the earlier books in the series. While I welcomed the added focus on her relationship and the romance, the pressure seemed too light on Mercy, which slowed the pace more than I liked. I really think not including the established cast of characters also hurt the story a little.
We did get to see a few new secondary characters, though, and some of them look like they might be recurring. The main one was Coyote of Indian legend. As one would expect,
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
An excellent adventure for Mercy and Adam. Fantastic twists, heart felt emotions and constants action, the newest addition to the Mercy Thompson series is AWESOME. I did however miss the interaction with regular characters of this series but it was in no way detrimental to the story line.
Duchess Nicole
Wow, I feel like this series needed this book at this point. If you've been aching for some quality Adam/Mercy time, you get it in spades! Most of this story is just the two of them, along with a few new secondary characters. There is a lot of romance, and not the uber sexy kind. Just good old loving and bonding between a couple that has very little face time in their every day life. Due to the enormous responsibility of Adam's position in the pack...and therefore Mercy's as well...they get mini ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As much as I've loved reading every book so far in this series, it is about time that we got something like this one.

The old Mercy and Adam are back at it again but with sweeter, more tender moments between them that will make you melt. And while most of the pack wasn't present in this, it was okay because for once, this book is all about Mercy. Her heritage, her (finally) feeling like she belongs somewhere, and of course, her relationship with Adam and I couldn't of asked for more.

We got so mu
2021 Re-Read

I liked this book better this time. I was inspired to revisit it after reading Wild Sign, which includes another battle with a watery, tentacled foe. Quite different stories, but some similarities in opponents.

This is also the book in which Mercy meets Coyote, plus other indigenous folk who know about being a walker. I love how Briggs seamlessly weaves all the mythologies together: Native American, werewolf, vampire, Fae. Am I missing anyone? I love the tricksy Fae and the blood chil
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Felt Disconnected*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 08.07.2019
The sixth book in the series focuses more on the Volkswagen mechanic and a walker (a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will), Mercedes ‘Mercy’ Athena Thompson Hauptman (31?), and her mate and husband (becomes her husband early in this book) Adam Alexander Hauptman (over 60?), the Alpha of the local werewolf pack (the Columbia Basin Pack). They are on their honeymoon and of course, trouble can't seem to stay away from
*** 4 ***

So once again I have to write something about a book in the Mercy Thompson world and I feel like anything I say would be redundant... I love the strongly influenced by the Native American culture of storytelling and mythology tale Patricia Briggs has gifted us with. I love the characters she has created and managed to enthrall us with. I love the creativity the world is build upon and the unobtrusive descriptiveness everything from the smallest action to the wildest character feature a
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
I don't understand why so many people liked this book so much less than the others. It's my absolute favorite so far. I love, love, LOVED it. I've always loved Native American Folklore though. But that's just me. ...more
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
Woman Reading
4 ☆
“Mercy is not a proper Indian name." Her tone, like her words, was critical, but not emotionally so. "She is a mechanic. We should call her She Fixes Car."
"No, sister. Bringer of Change."
The woman ... frowned disapprovingly. "Rash Coyote Who Runs with Wolf. We could shorten it to Dinner Woman.”

Briggs had introduced three major supernatural species into her series. She rotated the main focus and source of danger to Mercy among the werewolves, vampires, and Fae with each book.
"Your a
4 "Who is Mercy Thompson?" Stars for the story and 5 Stars for the narration!

Six books into the series and the Mercy Thompson Series is still holding strong as one of my favorite PNR/UF romance series of all time. All that said, this wasn't my favorite book in the series. To me, this book almost read as a stand-alone with a somewhat different focus than the prior books in the series. In that regard, the main driver of the plot in this book was discovering Mercy's previously alluded to, but yet
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Series Reread continues. I'm not sure why I never wrote a review for this one, maybe I'll get around to it this time.

It appears that I never wrote a review for this after finishing it the first time and that was about five years ago so I’ve forgotten why it didn’t jam with me the first time as much. This is one of those times when a re-read goes better than the first read.

Mercy and Adam have just been married in a pretty interesting way and are off on their honeymoon to go glamping. I should hav
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-Books Smiles
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

Other books in the series

Mercy Thompson (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
  • Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
  • Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
  • Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
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