At the beginning of the book, we get to witness Mercy and Adam’s wedding and all of the lavish details Briggs throw in. Then we get to the meat of the story which is their honeymoon. It’s on this honeymoon, away from the Pack and their complex politics, that Mercy saves a man from a River Monster and thus starts the search to discover just what the monster is and how it can be stopped. Along the way, Mercy discovers details about not only her heritage but also about her dad and just what that means for her. Each discovery is like unlocking another part of the puzzle and mystery of not just Mercy but of Brigg’s created universe.
All around, River Marked was such a hard book to rate. Briggs is a great writer, so anything she does is going to be of quality work. At the same time, there wasn’t enough meat to this story to really make me feel full and satisfied after reading it. Of course I’ll pick up the next installment and hopefully it will have remnants of the first Mercy Thompson novels. I don’t think having Mercy and Adam still sniffing around each other in book six would have worked, but there has to be a better way of keeping that anticipatory feeling alive. Enjoy.
- Reading level: Ages 18 and up
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441019730
- ISBN-13: 978-0441019731