Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review – “Bone Crossed” by Patricia Briggs

Welcome to Patricia Briggs's world, a place where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist). It takes a very unusual woman to call it home—and there's no one quite like Mercy Thompson.

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 is the fourth book in the popular Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series by Patricia Briggs. I had been eagerly awaiting the release and of course devoured it in a single reading. Mercy is slowly recovering from the traumatic events that occurred in Iron Kissed and the story begins with a humdinger (always wanted to use that word) of an opener when a toasted Stephan materializes in Mercy’s trailer in front of her, her mom and Adam. From the first moments of Bone Crossed the action is non-stop and Mercy’s life in constant peril.

Vampires are the main menu in Bone Crossed with a side order of werewolves. Mercy is under a death decree by Marsilia and her seethe so she temporarily leaves town to help out an old college girlfriend with a ghost problem (remember as a walker Mercy can see ghosts) and coincidentally (well maybe not) gets entangled in the sinister plotting of a powerful vampire in Spokane who has unique (and terrifying) designs on Mercy.

More then any previous novel Mercy demonstrates her strong pragmatic streak. For example, and without giving any spoilers, there are several occasions when Mercy has to give up blood to vampires and in fact becomes bound. No whining, no angsting – just calm acceptance and choosing the clearest path to ensure her own safety and safety of her friends. How very refreshing.

Bone Crossed also sees some nice advancement of Mercy’s relationship with Adam, and personal growth of her own as she begins to let go of her stolid insistence on total independence and starts to accept the help of friends when she needs it. Of course she wouldn’t be Mercy without slipping a few times.

There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing, some very dark and dangerous scenes and a few new revelations about Mercy’s abilities, the pack and the vampires. And a little time left over for romance. All in all a very entertaining read and one of the best Mercy books to date. If you haven’t read the series before I urge you to start from the beginning. Next year will see the release of the fifth Mercy Thompson book Silver Born.

AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASEOfficial Patricia Briggs Website

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Published: February 2009
ISBN #: 9780441016761
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 309

Read an excerpt of Chapter 1.

Mercedes Thompson Series:

  1. Moon Called (2006)
  2. Blood Bound (2007)
  3. Iron Kissed (2008)
  4. Bone Crossed (2009)
  5. Silver Born (2010)

Alpha and Omega Series:

  1. Alpha and Omega (novella): On the Prowl (2007)
  2. Cry Wolf (2008) – SciFiGuy Review
  3. Hunting Ground (2009)
Mercy Thompson “Homecoming” Graphic NovelThis prequel to the novels finds Mercy smack in the middle of warring packs of werewolves and face to face with angry vampires. Worse still, she faces the dreaded job interview! "Wolf at the Door" is written by Patty Briggs and David Lawrence. Available as a five part series from Dabel Brothers.


  1. I was excited to get my hands on Bone Crossed but now I am cranky that I have to wait a whole year for the next one. Isn't that always the way? :)

  2. You're so lucky! I haven't gotten around to reading this one yet. I hate how she only publishes one a year though :(

  3. Christel I think we are all effected by TV hoping for the next episode next week. I know I would like authors to write more and faster :)

    Ladytink this is one series and author that is always on my auto-buy list. I am never disappointed.

  4. Mercy isn't a skinwalker, she's just a walker. The novels explain that a skinwalker is something else (an evil witch)

  5. I just started reading Bone Crossed; I love Patricia Briggs and can't get enough of this series. Granted we have to wait a year till the next one but at least there's the Alpha & Omega series to read while we wait for the next book...

    The cover art is does so must justice to the series..well I can't add to much input being that I'm still reading the book..

    But this is a series that I couldn't wait to get my hands on..

  6. Excellent review, it is one of my new favorite series. I completely agree with Mercy's refreshing attitude!
    PS- Excellent use of 'humdinger' :-)

  7. Anonymous I kinda of questioned the 'skin' part myself when I was writing this and should have paid attention to my niggly. Thanks for the heads up.

    Hey Tanys yeah I sped through this one way too quickly - should have savoured it more. The covers are striking although I am pretty sure she doesn't have those tattoos.

    Thanks Tanya as Sookie Stackhouse would say - my word of the week.

  8. O.k. I think I've mentioned this,
    sometimes I'll pass though the book store and if I see a book that interest me I take a picture of it w' my phone. (Super dorky)

    But I do this so I won't forget about it..needless to say there is another series that I came across By Faith Hunter: Host, Bloodring and Seraphs..their also reissuing new covers for this series. I haven't seen to many blog reviews for this series, have you read it?

    If so what's your take.. :)

  9. Hi Tanya, I haven't read the Rogue Mage series but have been meaning to try it out. I've had a couple of people I trust recommend it. Scooper over at has reviewed all 3 books and gives it high marks. BTW I think the phone picture thing is a great idea.

  10. Thx so much for the info. heading over to that site right now...

  11. I'm so jealous! I REALLY REALLY WANT this book!! *sigh* At least it's good, eh?

  12. Drey good enough for a re-read soon !

  13. I loved this one, too. Now I'm sad I finished it so quickly. :-( But what a great read!

  14. Hi Darla glad you liked it too. Now to watch the calendar for the next book...


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