Title: Bone Crossed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercedes Thompson #4, Mercy-verse #13
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: Still, as Warren had said, it is a good thing to know your enemies.
Welcome to Patricia Briggs’s world, a place where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people. It takes a very unusual woman to call it home – and there’s no one quite like Mercy Thompson.
As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, ace car mechanic Mercy has had to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human within the Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington on more than one occassion. But this time she may be in over her head.
Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercty crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from the vampire’s direct reprisal by the werewolf pack – and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha – it’s not Mercy’s blood which Marsilia is after…
It’s her friends’.
Although the activities in Iron Kissed were kind of horrifying, it was nice to end on the note that it did. With Mercy making her choice, and starting her life with Adam. The last scene is the very beginning of their courtship, and I remember when I first read Iron Kissed, I actually double checked to make sure that my book wasn’t missing a page. Which is just where Bone Crossed picks up… Mercy and Adam figuring out their completely new relationship. Although, to be fair, very, very, very little of this story is about that… mostly it’s about the fall out from Mercy’s actions in Blood Bound, with just enough romance and emotional connections to make it heart warming and beautiful.
Bone Crossed also introduces a part of Mercy’s past (not to mention her mother) that hadn’t previously been seen. The return of an old nemesis (of sorts), and promise of a clean getaway from Marsilia’s revenge are, as predicted, dramatic. Mercy is forced to literally jump from the frying pan into the fire. And, although you just know that that is what’s happening, the way in which Briggs goes about it is still surprising. The amount of trouble that Mercy finds herself in, and the quarter from which it comes is spine tingling and enjoyable.
Werewolf politics are thoroughly investigated in the first few books of this series. Even the motivations of the fae are delved into a little, but, it’s only in Bone Crossed that the far reaches of vampire politics begin to be explored. There is something about vampires that is not only more terrifying, but also far more convoluted than anything the werewolves or fae have managed to concoct thus far…. Although, that might just be until the next book….