River Marked. By Patricia Briggs. New York : Ace Books, 2011. 324 p.
Recommendation by: Carolyn Petersen, CLRS Project Manager, Tumwater, WA.
River Marked is Patricia Briggs’ 6th Mercy Thompson novel. Fans of this “kick ass supernatural heroine” will be very pleased with this latest entry to her story. As the chief mechanic and owner of a car repair business in Richland, WA, Mercy would be unusual. However it’s her attempt to live as a solitary coyote shape shifter among a complex society of werewolves, vampires, and fae (faeries) all the while not attracting the attention of normal folk that make her life challenging.
As this book opens Mercy & her new husband Adam, the Alpha werewolf of Richland, are camping on the shores of the Columbia River on their honeymoon as a result of a wedding gift of a gorgeous camping trailer from the fae. Fairy gifts always come with complications–and this time it’s a doozy of a river monster. Mercy needs to call on her Native American heritage to survive this struggle. While this book can be read alone, readers who don’t know Mercy would be better served to begin with Moon Called.