Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Blood Bound

Blood Bound
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

My Thoughts: Mercy’s world has Were inhabitants as well as Vampires and Fae. Mercy is none of these, she is a “walker”/shape shifter. Her heritage comes from her Native American father whom she never met.

This story is built around the Vampires of the Tri-Cities. Stephan, one of Mercy’s long time friends, is tasked with finding out about a vampire that has moved into the area and hasn’t asked permission of Marsilia, the Seethe’s Mistress (equivalent to Pack Alpha). Only this is no ordinary Vamp.

The Vamp mythology that Briggs created has a lot of the usual characteristics and some interesting differences. There is a “pack”, the Mistress feeds from the vamps in her care and they feed from her. They also have some interesting abilities, such as teleporting, mind reading, sorcery, etc. I don’t want to give it all away. Briggs knows how to build a world that keeps bringing me back for more.

I really like that Brigg’s characters are smart and they fight against their instincts and feel guilt over their choices. Briggs also has storylines arcing throughout the background. There is a huge list of characters but they are all necessary…kind of the good old-fashioned soap operas but way better. I love it when all the different species are together, trying to get along, and stepping on each other’s toes. LOL

Great series! I hope the momentum continues.

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