Happy Monday (yes, oxymoron).
One of the things I’ve been doing this year is binge-reading. It all began with a binge-read of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Let’s just say that took a while. A long while. Then I read Kendra Eliott’s Bone Seeker series, then Harry Turtledove’s Supervolcano trilogy.
Then I decided to binge-read the rest of the year.
I moved on to Anne Bishop’s The Others series, which I reviewed here.
Then I read a couple of standalones. And, finally, decided to plow through Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I had read the first two or three and loved them, but then got busy and never kept up through what is now ten books.
I still love the series, but reading a series like this as a binge-read is interesting. You get a real sense of how the plot lines progress. Mercy and Adam’s relationship, for example, has a well-defined development and keeps growing and strengthening throughout the series.
A couple of the books felt strained to me, however, such as in Night Broken, book 8, where a volcano god shows up to do battle over Adam’s ex-wife, or in River Marked, book 6, when a deadly sea serpent shows up during Adam and Mercy’s honeymoon. I did forgive the sea serpent book, though, because one of the seemingly random characters did turn out to have legs and a role in the series. But when the novels wander away from the pack, the fae, and the vampires, they feel a little disconnected to me.
I was also shocked to learn there is a sentient fae relic, a staff, that follows Mercy around. Uh. Yeah. No, I didn’t steal that for the Sentinels series. Plus, Charlie’s sentience is limited.
Mercy, however, is one of the great urban fantasy heroines. I thought so after my initial read of those first books, and I still think so. Adam is hot alpha personified. The pack dynamics are fascinating and it was interesting to see how the roles of different pack members grew or diminished as the series progressed.
Book #11, as yet untitled, is due out in 2019.
Have you read the Mercy Thompson series? What do you like or dislike about it?