By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won’t be Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after.
It’ll be her friends’.
|Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4)
Publication: February 2009
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Shifters
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Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Bone Crossed finds Mercy at the mercy (haha) of two vampires who are both cross with her for very different reasons. Still in the process of dealing with the assault that occurred in Iron Kissed, Mercy tries to move on with her life by returning to routine. At least, she tries to until she discovers an ominous skull and crossbones painted on her garage. Could it be the fae? Random mundane vandals? Nope, only vampires could be so dramatic and theatrical.
Mercy discovers it is a sign placed by Marsilia to mark her as a traitor and someone whose death would be greatly welcomed by her clan. She sends Stefan to confirm this message, transporting him to her feet completely tortured and crispified on the brink of death. The wolves help nurse him back to health and they discover that Marsilia does in fact know about Mercy killing the second vampire back in book two, thus making her persona non grata in the vampire community.
As she and her mate, Adam, try to decide how best to resolve the situation and keep Mercy safe, an old high school friend happens to show up at her doorstep asking for her help with ghosts. What convenient timing non suspicious friend! Of course Mercy decides trying to help would be the best thing since it would mean Marsilia cannot reach her and it gives everyone time to think and strategize. Stefan is sent along as back up for Mercy, as well as to keep him safe from Marsilia’s wrath. Stefan just hopes they don’t run into the only vampire in the area, a super creep named Jim Blackwood.
Now, surprise surprise, Mercy is at her high school BFFs house when who should arrive for dinner, but work associate Jim Blackwood! I tell ya, the coincidences are astounding!
Sarcasm aside, this is a good, fun book, which was definitely needed after how dark the previous one became. It manages to shed a bit of light on why vampires tended to kill coyote shifters, and gives us a bit more insight into vampire politics. We also get more Stefan, which I love because I find him fantastic. Overall, Bone Crossed is not great, not awful, just another book in a good series.
Quotes & Excerpts
“But you are right. I don’t know what makes her tick. I don’t know you, either.”
He just looked at me, expressionlessly. “You play human very well, driving around like Shaggy in your Mystery Machine. But the man I thought you were could never have killed Andre’s victims like that.”
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