Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson,
Also in this series: Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne
Published by Penguin Audio on 02 March 2011
Genres: Adult, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes
Also by this author: Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne
First Line: Under the glare of streetlights, I could see the grass of Stefan’s front lawn was dried to yellow by the high summer heat.
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)
I am not sure where to start in my review of River Marked because this series really went off the rails for me in a big way. I had listened/read the previous books and despite the high werewolf content I found myself enjoying them. I enjoyed the banter of Mercy with the Alpha wolves and how she was never afraid to get her hands dirty, no matter the risk. But this book, just failed in so many ways. Not the least of which I really felt lost in the beginning. I kept thinking that I had missed an entire book and found myself checking Silver Borne out of the library to double check that I hadn’t.
River Marked starts in the midst of wedding planning and I didn’t recall Adam ever proposing to Mercy. I think that would have been a pretty important scene given how commitment phobic Mercy was – even though she did go through with the bonding – although if I recall right she wasn’t a full participant in that initially. Also the whole wedding sequence was just so rushed and forced and I really think that Briggs missed the boat on that one. Especially since the rest of the story removes all the players that the reader has come to know and love and introduces a whole new set of characters.
This new set of characters gives a whole new insight to Mercy’s past and adds a ton of Indian mythological lore to the story line. But it fails to make any of it interesting The lore was given in these large info dumps and I just couldn’t bring myself to care. I didn’t connect with any of the characters as I kept thinking that these were a one and done group. Why bother getting to know them if the odds of them returning are slim? Plus they just didn’t have interesting story lines. The whole book was just dry and boring and if I was reading it in print I would have DNF’d it long before reaching the end. Lorelei King is the only reason why I kept listening until the end.
The whole big mystery of the story also did little for me. It was just so over the top and makes me wonder if this series may have jumped the shark. Before I looked forward to a new Mercy Thompson book but now I am unsure on if I want to continue on with Frost Burned or not. For me this book was a big old no and not one that I can recommend. If you are a fan of the series then I might suggest you skip this one entirely and just move on with Frost Burned.