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Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
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Mar 08, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: urban-fantasy, read-in-2009, supernatural, fantasy
Recommended for: Briggs fans

** spoiler alert ** Brigg's latest Mercedes Thompson novel is another fun read about our favorite shape shifting coyote. Unfortunately for some readers, it is also the first book by Briggs that came out in hardcover. Clearly Briggs is no longer a paperback first novelist. I have been reading her books for years and they are all tight compact stories that usually have a meaningful ending and superb characterizations. This one is no exception.

Mercy Thompson is a mechanic who lives in the Tri Cities area of Washington. Brigg's land is populated by fae, witches, ghosts, vampires, werewolves and one little coyote, who has abilities far exceeding her size. In previous novels, Mercy was asked by the head Vampire Marsillia to kill another Vampire Andre, who was trying to create demons. Mercy agreed and now Marsillia is mad at her for doing it.

Mercy's vampire friend Stefan, who works for Marsillia is cast out of the Vampire hegemony (called a Seethe) by Marsillia and tortured. Mercy and Adam, the head of the local chapter of werewolves believe that Marsillia wants to kill Mercy.

Fortuitously for Mercy, Amber, an old school chum, has just arrived in town to ask Mercy to go to Spokane and rid her house of a ghost who is terrorizing her son Chad. Apparently, Amber read in a local newspaper that Mercy can see ghosts. Although Mercy is suspicious of Amber's motives, it is thought by everyone that a trip out of the Tri City area would be a way to get her away from the vampires and since SPokane only has one known vampire -- Jim Blackwood, she should be safe from vampires.

Of course, as in all of the Mercy Thompson books, she attracts trouble no matter where she goes, and we swiftly learn that Blackwood has plans for Mercy that do not include her well being. The novel further explores Mercy's talents as a Walker and her abilities against ghosts, and includes a surprising little showdown with Marsillia. Of course Blackwood should have kept himself away from our little coyote, but then he does not understand what he is messing with.

A really urban fantasy universe. A winner of a main character. Fresh story lines. What more can you ask.
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Reading Progress

March 8, 2009 – Shelved
March 8, 2009 –
page 1
March 9, 2009 –
page 48
March 10, 2009 –
page 56
Started Reading
March 11, 2009 –
page 121
March 11, 2009 –
page 136
March 11, 2009 –
page 145
March 11, 2009 –
page 239
March 11, 2009 – Finished Reading
March 12, 2009 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
March 12, 2009 – Shelved as: read-in-2009
March 12, 2009 – Shelved as: supernatural
March 12, 2009 – Shelved as: fantasy

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