“The world building focuses on the fae and provides some fascinating background and explanations on the various subtypes including the Grey Lords, the Selkie and the Carrion Crow. The amalgamation of myth and fairytale within the storyline is seamless and engaging.
The murder mystery is a weak point. Although the idea of a serial killer targeting the fae has potential, the investigation is subsumed within so many other events and details that it all but disappears as does the underlying anti-racist message. Moreover, the resolution is completely overshadowed by the killer's attack on Mercy.
Speaking of which, the attack is completely unnecessary either to the storyline or the character development. In fact, having Mercy humiliated in this way only serves to undermine her characterization as a strong-willed, independent and kick-ass heroine. It can be argued that the emotional impact of the event strengthens Mercy's relationship with both the pack and the men in her life, but surely there is a better way of achieving these without undercutting the heroine. Thankfully, the last chapter of the book suggests that she is on the road to recovery and somewhat mitigates the harm done.
This situation, together with the lack of positively portrayed female characters in the series, is beginning to lead me to the unfortunate conclusion that Brigg's doesn't seem to like women very much. I hope that the next books will prove me wrong.
On a happier note, the love triangle subplot finally comes to an end when Mercy makes a choice between Adam and Samuel. Her ultimate decision is based both on logical reasoning and emotional investment and is, I believe, the correct choice for her.
All in all, despite my issues with the questionable plot device in this installment, the Mercy Thompson series is well written and entertaining, and I have to admit that the scene between Ben and Adam had me tearing up. Looking forward to what happens in Bone Crossed. ”
“4 Stars”Kris wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very amazing and some very tough topics dealt with in a paranormal book! I liked getting to know the fey, but I hope the next one either deals with walkers or werewolves. ”Zombie Katie wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good series, reminds me of Harry Dresmond series.”CuriousGIS wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book three of the Mercy Thompson series. Once again, Mercy's coyote nose is about to get her into serious trouble. When Z asks her for help identifying a serial killer who's been targeting the Fae, she agrees without hesitation. Next thing she knows, Z is in jail and all the horrors of Faerie are knocking on her door. Not to mention the two wolves who've been pining for her are this close to tearing each other apart. Will Mercy be able to find out who really murdered all the Fae before Z is executed? And who will she finally choose? Simon or Adam?
This book was okay. Maybe not as good as some of the others. Some parts seemed more forced and phony than usual. It was still fun, though, and I'll still read the next one.”
“Since this is the third in the series, I knew I would LIKE this book because I liked the first two. I did not, however, expect to LOVE it as much as I did! This was easily the best in the series so far. It was intense and super emotional; I cried several times. I really love these characters, and the author has done a wonderful job of creating a fantastical world that is fraught with danger; but there is plenty of good stuff, too! I know that a book was really good if I feel emotionally exhausted after reading it! Ha. I definitely feel that way after this one, but it won't keep me from diving right into the next installment. This book is going on my "favorites" shelf and I will definitely be reading it again!”veganjilly wrote this review Wednesday, January 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As good as all the rest. I like Mercys independence and strong personality. I love strong female characters. ”Peaches D wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yet another good book”Sarah Parker wrote this review Saturday, November 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This wasn't that great of a book for me. I've noticed that Briggs has to write a rape into most of her series and it is a turn off for me. The plot is decent but it goes down hill after that single scene.”nuclearblonde wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No