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Review: “Bone Crossed,” Patricia Briggs

January 5, 2017
Review: “Bone Crossed,” Patricia BriggsBone Crossedby Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #4
Published by Ace on February, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / Shifters
Pages: 287
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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'.

Stepping up again from the last book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Bone Crossed is an unputdownable read. All our favourite characters return once more for a high stakes power play between werewolves, vampires and fae.

“Only you could go to Spokane and get bitten by the one vampire in the whole city.” – Adam

Is it any surprise that Mercy Thompson is in trouble once more? The extremely likable coyote mechanic finally must deal with the repercussions from her actions in Blood Bound. Not to mention, some aren’t too happy about her claims that the fae had something to do with Tim’s demise in Iron Kissed at Mercy’s hands.

Unlike books previously, there seems to be no ‘set mystery’ within Bone Crossed, rather an amalgamation of leftovers from books past. It worked surprisingly well, and gave all the characters a chance to make an appearance.

First, Mercy has to deal with her acceptance of Adam as her mate. Their relationship is finally expanded on romantically, though there is a severe lack of any hot and heavy romance scenes which took me by surprise (I thought that was a given in all urban fantasy?) I can’t complain, though, because we are finally seeing a softer side of Mercy when it comes to talking about her feelings with Adam. The two have a really nice dynamic that is always enjoyable to witness. The inclusion of Mercy into Adam’s pack causes a little drama, all of which is to be accepted as she’s a walker/coyote being inducted into a werewolf pack.

 “Thank you, Adam,” I told him. “Thank you for tearing Tim into small Tim bits. Thank you for forcing me to drink one last cup of fairy bug-juice so I could have use of both of my arms. Thank you for being there, for putting up with me. Thank you for keeping me from being another of Stefan’s sheep—I’ll take pack over that any day. Thank you for making the tough calls, for giving me time. Thank you for loving me.”

There’s also the matter of the graffiti on her workshop. Though Mercy knows it was done by a cousin of Tim’s (Mercy’s aggressor in Iron Kissed who met a grisly end thanks to both Mercy and Adam), she’s more concerned about the stubborn painting of two crossed bones. Turns out Marsilia’s about to reign hell down upon Mercy for killing one of her strongest vampires in Blood Bound, Andre. All this makes for an exciting mix of plot, giving us a chance to get even more familiar with characters that have really begun to feel like family.

Though I’m a HUGE fan of the contained mysteries within each book, I do appreciate the ‘breather’ to take a step back and really ‘live’ in the world that Patricia Briggs has set up for the Mercy Thompson series. Although I say ‘breather’, it is by no means void of any action or drama. Things amp up a little when Amber, a college friend from Mercy’s past, comes to ask for her help regarding a potentially dangerous ghost.

This smaller story interwove with all the others I’ve mentioned, and it was incredibly entertaining! It became clear, after Mercy’s visit to Spokane to assist Amber, that there were even ‘bigger bads’ existing in the world than we could quite comprehend. The villain in question is the ‘Monster’ vampire known as Blackwood. And wow, Blackwood was scary. Mercy’s time in Spokane toward the end of the book had me on the edge of my seat!

“We are none of us perfect, and…we learn to take these imperfections and make them only a small part of who we are.”

It was while reading Bone Crossed that it really, finally hit me how attached I’ve become to these characters within the last week or so. It was what I was waiting for and I enjoyed each and every page of the fourth installment in this series. From the werewolves to the vampires, from the fae to the ghosts… everything just WORKS. Mercy continues to be an extremely likable heroine and seeing her interact with all the different elements in her life is always interesting.

Thank you, Bone Crossed… you were the Mercy Thompson book I was waiting for!

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children's librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time.


  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage January 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    For some reason I haven’t heard of this series yet, but you’ve convinced me to give it a try. It sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

  • Reply Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf January 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I love this series so much! I read Bone Crossed a while ago but it is definitely one of my favourites in the series. For me the two most recent instalments didn’t quite live up to how good the previous books were but I hope you enjoy them!
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