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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Posted by Irish in Review4 Comments

Title: Blood Bound (Goodreads)
Publisher: Ace

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2007
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0441014739
Format: ebook
Pages: 292

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Place(s) Traveled to: Tri-Cities, Washington

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: Like most people who own their own businesses, I work long hours that start early in the morning. So when someone calls me in the middle of the night, they’d better be dying.

Mercedes ‘Mercy’  Thompson Series Order
Prequel – Homecoming

Book 1 – Moon Called
Book 1.5 – Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (short story)
Book 2 – Blood Bound
Book 3 – Iron Kissed
Book 4 – Bone Crossed
Book 5 – Silver Borne
Book 6 – River Marked
Book 7 – Frost Burned 
Book 8 – Night Broken (~2014) 

As with most books that I start on audio I debated on if I wanted to continue the series that way or move to print. Since I was out of audible credits and I had a gift card this time around I opted to read the ebook of Blood Bound. Sometimes this transition is easier than others and this time around the ebook was a bit harder to get into after the audio. Part of me wished that I’d waiting to get the audio and the other was happy to just read at my own pace.  

Blood Bound pics up not long after the events of Moon Called end and this time Mercy’s vampire friend Stefan needs some help. Mercy and her friends are quickly sucked into a dangerous mystery with the vampire clans and its a heart racing ride until the end of the story. Patricia Briggs really knows how to spin a tale and I love the mythology and world that she has created. As this series primarily involves werewolves one would think that I would hate it but Briggs has such a way with telling a story that I find in this case that I like them. 

I don’t like the love triangle and every time the two Alphas, Samuel and Adam, are exerting dominance trying to get Mercy to choose I just roll my eyes and sigh. I may be willing accept werewolves as a plot point but I don’t think that I will ever be ok with a love triangle. Although Patricia Briggs does present a more realistic triangle than most authors. In her story its not a choice between the ultimate bad boy and the good boy next store. Where the heroine is inevitably drawn to the bad boy as she knows that he will be healed by the gift of her love. *gag me* In Patricia Brigg’s world both Adam and Samuel are a flawed characters but they mean well and they care for Mercy. They are mostly good but they are will to do what it takes to protect those they love. 

They mystery that is at the foundation of Blood Bound is interesting and it holds a reader’s attention. Its not impossible to figure out but its fun to see the various clues that Briggs lays out for the reader to find. I also liked learning more about the vampires and Stefen and he’s grown to be a favorite character. As has Zee and some of the other members of the wolf pack. With a series its always fun to see how characters grow and change over the course of the books. And while in book 2 we are still just getting to know them the reader gets that feeling of visiting with old friends while reading the story. 

As with Moon Called, I enjoyed Blood Bound more than I expected. I was immersed in the world as I read it and I felt a little lost when I left. This is a series that I will definitely be exploring more although I might switch back to audio as I do enjoy the narrator, Lorelei King. 

4 Responses to “Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Beth F

    I listened to Moon Called last year — I should get back to the series. I know what you mean about love triangles.

  2. Vivien

    Another series I haven’t read. There are so many times when I start listening to a series on audio, and try to read a book or two. But can’t. It’s not the same. And then I switch back to audio. It really can add a whole new dimension.