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Review: Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson; woken at 3am by a vampire.  Stefan also happens to be a friend, and he needs her help.  He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate.

But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him.  She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways, too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

Mercy Thompson is probably my favorite of all the urban fantasy heroines I’ve encountered so far.  I love that she is gutsy and smart but knows when things are a little too tough for her.  She knows to call in reinforcements.  In this case, she starts out as a reinforcement herself, which makes things very interesting.  She’s got her skills and she knows how to use them.  Another thing I absolutely love about Mercy is the fact that she’s got a handle on her sex drive.  It always bothers me when women in novels just can’t hold back even when their minds tell them they should.  Mercy knows how to go slowly and get to know a guy before she risks deeper bonds.  I like that a lot.

As far as series books go, this one is a nice follow-up to Moon Called.  The characters are still awesome and their bonds only grow stronger throughout this book.  We start to learn a little more about them.  There is a new evil introduced that puts favorite characters in serious danger and had me racing through the book hoping that they were okay.  The book isn’t hard to race through, given that my UK edition is only 326 pages.  I also really enjoy the fact that this is a complete story but with some hooks to keep me reading the series.  I’ll definitely be doing that; Iron Kissed is waiting for me on my TBR pile!

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(Aside: Does anyone else find that generally reviews of series books are much shorter than of others?)

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7 comments to Review: Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs

  • Reviews of series books can be problematic. In general, I don’t like spoilers in reviews and it’s very hard to avoid them in, say, the third book in a series. I often preface such reviews with a warning that they could contain series spoilers for people who have not yet read the first book.

    I enjoyed ‘Blood Bound’ even more than ‘Iron Kissed’. I have ‘Iron Kissed’ but I’m trying to space the books so that I don’t OD on Briggs’s world-building.

  • I have read any of these yet. I love series and I’m discovering that urban fantasy is a great genre. I’m putting Briggs on the list. I wonder if I can get these in audio.

  • I know I keep saying it, but I really must start this series. I’ve been wanting to for so long and the more I hear about the books the more guilty I feel for not yet having done so. LOL I am glad the series continues to be good.

  • Kay

    It sounds good! I started reading it right after reading Mooncalled, but then I wasn’t in the mood for urban fantasy and decided to wait. I should really read it now.
    I agree that reviewing books in series is more difficult if you don’t want to spoil it! Bit I still enjoy getting a more general impression of the book.

  • I know my reviews of series books can be pretty short. I prefer, if it’s at all possible, to review a series all at once–or to review the first book and then review the rest of the series separately. With series that are in-progress, though, that’s pretty difficult.

    I think Blood Bound is my favorite of the series so far (I haven’t haven’t read Bone Crossed yet). I heart the vampires, and Stephen is my favorite character.

  • I love this series. I haven’t read Bone Crossed, but my favorite is actually Iron Kissed.

  • I always have a hard time reviewing books in a series. I sometimes stay away from books that have multiple sequels, but I am planning on changing that in the future. There is just so much I miss out on when I stay away from them. I hadn’t heard of this series, but it looks like it would be of interest to me, so I will be exploring more about it.