Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Summary : Edgy. Compelling. Fun.
Mercy Thompson Series, Book 2
Gripping continuation to this exhilarating series. I cannot help but get sucked into this fantasy world all over again! Blood Bound continues where Moon Called left off however it can be read as a stand alone book, but why would you want to?
Mercy hits the ground running when Stefan, The Soldier vampire, calls to cash in a debt, little does she know she is required to wear a leather harness. Stefan suspects something dark is brewing in the Tri-Cities and believes Mercy, the coyote, can assist in uncovering it.
Once again, Mercy runs head forward into what turns out to be a conspiracy that threatens the fragile peace between the supernatural and the humans. Mercy, being the stubborn and unyielding person that she is, gathers assistance from vampires, fae, werewolves, and humans alike to decipher the clues that lead to the discovery and elimination of what turns out to be the most horrifying out of this world creature yet.
Of course while Mercy is running around trying to save the world and her loved ones, her personal life becomes complicated as the werewolf, Samuel, who broke her heart when she was 16 turns his short stay into a roommate situation, the Alpha, Adam, who has claimed her as his mate without her consent continues to court her, and she begins to question Stefan’s true intentions.
Briggs did not leave her supporting characters uninvolved and secondary plots continued to evolve in an interesting way. Most importantly, relationships and friendships continue to grow and mature, though there are undertones of a love triangle/square that could prove to be disastrous. I’ll give Briggs the benefit of the hope for the best, she hasn’t disappointed yet.
Book 2 was intriguing. Unsure of where the plot was going after the dominating evil was identified, I kept jumping to conclusions and found myself immersed in Mercy’s deductions. Anticipation kills me. Every time I thought I had the motive figured out, things got more complicated. While I deeply enjoy books that are not predictable, story progression was just a bit off this time around. The cover just didn’t do it for me either, so I felt I had to rate it. Overall, great quality book well worth the read.