River Marked by Patricia Briggs
- ISBN-13: 9780441020003
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
- Publication date: 1/31/2012
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Pages: 304
- Source: Purchased
Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil…
I have been a long time fan of this series but since I own all of the books in paperback, I waiting to read this one until it came out in paperback as well. The first sixty or so pages in this book were really slow and I am not sure that I really understand how life just picked so easily after the end of the last books. I can get over that, but there was such a slow start that I almost put the book down.
We pick up as Mercy and Adam decide that they are just going to elope but find out that Mercy’s mom has planed a surprise wedding for them. Adam sweeps Mercy out of the reception and off they go in a huge RV. They head to the Columbia River where strange things start happening. First, Mercy finds out that the Fae lent them the RV and that makes Mercy angry because they always want something in return or to make a bargain. Adam quickly realizes that there is something more going on and that is why the Fae ensured that they would be there when it did. From there the action finally picks up
We do get to learn more about Mercy’s background which is something that we have not gotten a good feel for in the past. As well as, the way that Mercy and Adam will handle their relationship. It gets touchy sometimes but the future is a little bit clearer. I think what was missing for me is so many of the other characters I have come to love. This book was really about Adam and Mercy and other make appearances but never for long.
I was a bit disappointed in the slow start and overall series progression of this book. It felt like a bit of filler for me. I am hoping the next book will pick up and be a stronger reflection of the things that I have come to love about Patricia Brigg’s writing and style. Even though I did not enjoy this as much as previous books in the series, I will for sure pick up the next one.