Title: Blood Bound
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercedes Thompson #2, Mercy-verse #11
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Strong women, Werewolves
Publisher: Ace fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: “I understand,” said Stefan.
Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places – and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary – and neither is the demon inside of him…
The hits keep rolling for Mercedes Thompson. After asking for Stefan’s help in rescuing Adam, she has to return the favour. Which, since this is Mercy Thompson, means that things go wildly out of control. This might be the story in the entire series that gave me the most goosebumps actually. And I have, at some point or other, read most of them.
There is something about vampires that is kind of scary. Or at least, well written ones. Although Stefan drives a Mystery Van, and obviously cares for Mercy, he is kind of intimidating throughout this. There is a reminder that although he is “one of the good guys”, he’s still a vampire. He’s still evil and has to subsit on others’ deaths and blood. Mercy’s introduction into this world, of which she knows nothing, is intense and terrifying. The added complication of Samuel’s sudden return to her life, and Adam’s pledge of affection just help to raise the stakes higher and higher.
Where Moon Called was about Mercy’s interactions with the werewolves, and introduced Briggs’ hierarchy, Blood Bound is about the vampires. As Mercy slowly discovers more and more about the intricacies of vampire politics, so do we, and it is certainly an amazing journey. Her ability to somehow overcome dangers and predators far greater than herself and her willingness to do anything to save her friends is a testament to how amazing this heroine is.