Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: 6th in Mercy Thompson series
Published: Available now from Ace
Description: 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. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help...
I've really enjoyed this series to date, but I was beginning to wonder what else could their possibly be that Mercy could go through. How in the world could the author makes the fresh and new and not the same old things. I'll be honest, I was completely surprised and blown away by River Marked.
I was really surprised and enjoyed seeing Mercy get all worked up at planning her wedding to Adam. She freaks out on her mom and soon everyone has a bet on how long before they elope to avoid everything. Instead, she gets a surprise wedding which I loved! Adam wisks her off to a camping honeymoon, which I thought was really perfect and fit with who they are. A secluded camp ground with plenty of open grounds to run and hunt. What more could a girl/coyote ask for?
My favorite part of the story was the full acceptance of Mercy's Indian heritage. We've dealt with wolves, vampires, and the fae to this point. But, in this book we learn more more about Mercy's father and Indian folklore. I found myself fascinated with it. I love Coyote and how he was connected to Mercy. I enjoyed the "father" spirits like Wolf Thunderbird and how they were connected to The Great Spirits. I enjoyed their reactions to modern society.
I really liked the story of the monster lurking in the Columbia river. The legend behind it was wonderfully constructed. I liked the idea of what it wanted and how it was taking people who were using the river. But the story lost points for me with the actual destruction of the monster. I liked how it was done, I guess it was the after math. It lost some of its credibility for me at that point. But, I guess in a society were the fae and wolves are out to society a huge ancient monster is no big deal.
I'm anxious to see were this story could go next and when it might end. I'll continue reading until then I'm sure!