Series: Mercy Thompson,
Also in this series: Iron Kissed, Silver Borne, River Marked
Published by Penguin Books, Publisher: Ace Books on 26 January 2010
Genres: Adult, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Also by this author: Iron Kissed, Silver Borne, River Marked
First Line: I stared at my reflection in the mirror. I wasn’t pretty, but my hair was thick and brushed my shoulders.
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)
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs is the fourth installment in her Mercedes Thompson series about werewolves, vampires, and other paranormal creatures. This book picks up moments after Iron Kissed ends and I was so glad I didn’t have to wait a year to learn what happened after that cliff hanger! In this book, the vampires are back. All of them. Our beloved Stefan, the evil queen of the sidhe, Marsilia and Wulf. They know what Stefan and Mercy did and now they are out for payback. Bone Crossed is filled with action and its the one and only time that Mercy listens to reason and runs away from a fight. But leave it to Mercy to find trouble in the place where she has gone to hide as the simple ghost haunting of an old friend turns out to be so much more.
Things also heat up a bit between Mercy and Adam although due to his innate jealousy there are a couple of things that happen a bit more rapidly than Mercy or the wolf pack are ready for. But it doesn’t seem unnaturally fast and from a readers standpoint its a natural progression of events and only adds to the overall story of the pair and doesn’t take away from it. Though there were some times when I had to roll my eyes at some of the scenes between Stefan and Mercy which just seemed a tad bit forced. Her romantic world is complicated enough without added all that into the mix.
The story ARC was a decent one, though a bit convoluted at times, as a lot of the main action happened off the page and the subplot that became the main plot took over. Despite that the book proceeded in a realistic way – well, as realistic as a book with werewolves and vampires can be. I enjoyed reading and it didn’t take me long at all to whip through the story. Its a page turner and further cements my love for Mercy and the cast of characters that she surrounds herself with. There is also set up for the next book in the story, Silver Borne, which promises to close out some other lingering story lines. This is a fun series and one that continues to impress with its wit and action.