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Mercy Burns

(Myth and Magic #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,689 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Half dragon, half woman, can she save her friend's soul - without losing her heart? Mercy Wilson is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Half woman, half air dragon, she's a 'draman' - unable to shift shape but still able to unleash fiery energy. Now something will put her powers to the test.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I didn’t realize this was book 2 in a series when I purchased it; yet it had no bearing on the story, it is fine as a standalone novel. 

The story and mythos created was interesting but had me confused.  They are dragon shifters, or half dragon/half human. Yet they use fire against each other as a weapon.  That didn’t makes sense to me.  One minute a dragon is revealing in the heat and the next it's injuring him, that just didn’t jive.  There were some other inconsistencies in my mind; however I
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I read too many Keri Arthur books to really appreciate this one, but I actually kept forgetting who the character was and expected her to go into Vampire Mode (a la Riley Jenson).

Mercy is a draman, a half dragon (as if that doesn't paint some twisted image involving an oversized reptile and a case of lubricant) being that grew up in a clique with other dragons and draman. Looked down upon by the dragons and seen as pests that threaten to reveal their existence to humans, Mercy and her fe
Amber I.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the 13th book I have read from Keri Arthur and I swear every book she writes is pure awesomesauce!! I love her! She is one of my most favorite authors ever!! So yes totally check out her books if you have not!

Mercy is the sister of Trae (from book one)she is half dragon and half human, she has some of the dragons abilities but not all. Unfortunately Draman are looked down upon and she has the scars to prove it. When her friend is murdered she has only one week to find the killers and see
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stress my love for Keri Arthurs work enough. I haven't read a novel by her that I didn't like. Most I loved. This was no different. I instantly knew I would enjoy this read. It starts off with a push and stays airborne the whole time.

I only wish Mercy's past was brought into the picture more. We get the jest of it, but I would have liked a bit more. Damon(a.k.a Death/Muerte) was a cool character. Besides his steamy good looks, he's a lethal, stealthy, full blooded Dragon you don't want
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition does Keri do it? I love everything she puts to paper. Her stories come to life and her style sucks me in and holds on tight.
This was a wonderful story with two wonderful characters; Mercy and Damon. I loved them both. The suspense, the action and the passion were right on target for me.
Mercy's strength and courage and passion and Damon's strength, and courage and passion matched perfectly.
Wonderful story with wonderful and powerful people.
You're going to really love this book; hell yo
Alicia Aringdale
The book epitomizes middle of the road romance. The beginning was rough. I consider in medias res beginnings to be lazy writing and the fact that the opening of this book is a literal car crash was jarring and unpleasant. There is a lot going on in this book but none of the backstory felt well developed so I spent the first third of this book feeling lost before I gave up having a real understanding of the world building.

Mercy as a character was pretty cool except for the fact that her name was
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: aww, 2017

Paranormal romantic suspense. Fast-paced, easy reading, with likeable characters & extremely bad baddies.

I did find Mercy's constant need to change Damon's point of view quite irritating. After all, she'd barely known him 5 seconds & wasn't willing to give any ground herself. Hardly the basis of a great romance - find your soul mate & instantly set out to re-shape him. The man, or dragon, is a Council-paid assassin, it's what he does, just let him get on
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
In terms of paranormal romance, Keri Arthur scores pretty high on the sexytimes meter. When I read her Riley Jenson Guardian series (set in Australia! I love Australia!), after reading the first in paperback, I had to buy the rest electronically, because I was waaaaay too embarrassed to be caught reading them in public. In fact, there were times I would have to look around just to make sure no one was reading over my shoulder.

The graphic sex aside, the books were fairly well written, and on one
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
MERCY BURNS is the second book in Keri Arthur’s MYTH & MAGIC series. It tells the story of Mercy Wilson, the sister of Trae Wilson from DESTINY KILLS, a reporter who is trying to track down the people who are destroying draman towns with her friend Rainey whose sister was killed in one. Unfortunately, Mercy and Rainey get too close and the people involved create an accident which leaves Rainey dead and Mercy injured with just five days to find Rainey’s killer so that Rainey can rest in peace.

My first Keri Arthur and I was expecting a lot because of the popularity of her Riley Jensen series. I must have started with the wrong book to be able to appreciate Keri Arthur.

I was bored silly with the amount of time I had to spend rattling around in the heroines head, listening to the same issues go around and around multiple times. To top it off I haven't encountered a TSTL heroine this bad in a long time, if ever. The qualities we are told she has, such as very good instincts about people
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While dragons and their half-human offspring, dramans, are the main characters of this novel, Mercy Burns felt more like a romance novel. There were some great paranormal/supernatural aspects to the story and its focus is the repression of the dramans and their society. I think that while Mercy had a lot of great points, she was quick to anger without waiting for an explanation. I liked the character of Muerte very much! I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and tried to tie up loose ends, as ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a week just to get through the first 10 pages. I kept falling asleep after reading a paragraph or two. It was really hard to get into this book. I had the same problem with the first book of this series, Destiny Kills.
I think part of my problem was that I kept thinking that this book followed the same main character as the first book of the series. So I was quite confused at first. I actually thought about giving up on this book and not finishing it. However, I hate not finishing a b
It's Me - Yvette
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ever read a book where you just couldn't get into the characters? Ever read a book where the main female character got on your very last nerve with her incessant wining about "dragons are better than draymen." Ever read a book where the main plotline didn't interest you really at all? Ever read a book that when the plotline was revealed, you still didn't care?

Well, I'm not sure what happened with me and this book, but I just totally didn't like it. I was totally bored the entire time. I almost
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Keri didn't fail me with this book like she never failed me with the others... I was caught up from the beginning and enjoyed the thrill of everything that Mercy went through.... What I really loved was Mercy's brother Trae came into it at the end and brought Destiny with him, the sister book to this one and it was lovely to have both books intertwine at the end.... and I even spilled a few tears toward the end...

Recommended thoroughly to any Keri Arthur fan... fantastic!!!!!
4 stars. Review to follow on Boundless Book Reviews
Aug 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I accidentally got this from the library instead of Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. When I realized my mistake reading the description, I thought it ticked a lot of my boxes- shapeshifters, dragons, crime investigation etc. I read two chapters and put it down. The investigatory bit involves the main character wearing a miniskirt to distract the people they're following and fluttering her eyelashes at various men who keep telling her how stupid she is. And then you get treated to a couple of pages ...more
Kristina Deluise
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mercy reynolds is a reporter in the san francisco bay area, but she's also more and less than human. half woman and half dragon. she's a draman unable to shift shape but still able to unleash fiery energy. now something will put her powers to the test.
i first picked this up because when i saw the title mercy burns, i automatically thought of patricia briggs mercy thompson series, werewolf and others, but this was keri arthur.

this is actually part two , of the destiny, book and it's only a two p
Thomas Tymstone
I wish I liked Mercy as much as I liked her brother. She was a two dimensional woman; hot or cold, angry or happy, wanting or off putting. I knew the this was a romantic/fantasy book, but I wished for her to be more independent and strong in the face on.a fight and her history... also she's half dragon, so....
Shawna Mitchell
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually think this book was better than the first. There was more background and the storyline seemed to mesh well together. I do wish there had been a bit more dynamics with their relationship but was pleasantly surprised that it came together more naturally.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this books a 2nd in a series but stand alone.
It was okay not spectacular. But an okay read.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, I hope she will eventually pick up with another Myth and Magic as there are only 2 out. This series has dragons in it, which is awesome!
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than book 1.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She has less than seven days to avenge her friend and finds a mate along the way
Y. Layla Shabazz
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 really. Too many disconnects in the plot for me and obvious villain and the MC was too whiney and PC for someone seeking revenge to save a loved one's eternity
Had some exciting parts. Wasn’t too interested in the book.
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Dell
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: Purchased

Keri Arthur has been one of my favorite paranormal romance authors since I first picked up the Riley Jensen series from my local library. When she released her first in the Myths & Magic series, I officially became a huge fan girl. Love. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Mercy is on a mission: save her best friend’s soul within 5 days. She needs to find the killers, all while co
Kathy Davie
Second in the Myth & Magick paranormal romance series with this story set in San Francisco and revolving around Mercy Reynolds.

My Take
Okay, I enjoyed this. I wish it had the same depth as her Riley Jenson, Guardian series and maybe more will develop as the series continues.

I guess it just seemed too easy and Mercy just a little too strident as she so desperately desires Damon in spite of his draman prejudices. Or maybe I just wanted Arthur to more fully explain the differences between the Jamies
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs

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