Mercy 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.
When the undead and the werewolves sent to find him don’t return, the local vampire queen turns to Mercy for help. A coyote is no match for a demon, but Mercy is determined to get her friends back—including the two werewolves circling around her heart.
So in the sweltering heat of a July night, I sang a Christmas carol to a room full of fae, who had been driven out of their homelands by Christians and their cold-iron swords.
Blood Bound is a second book in a series that isn’t a step down from the first! It is even better! I loved this book so much. I don’t know how Patricia Briggs did it, but she did everything right.
The creature of the game this time is vampires. And in the Mercy Thompson universe, they are damn scary. No sexy vampires for us! In the previous book, we were introduced to Stefan, the vampire who drives around in a van tricked out to look like the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. We also met Marsilia, the creepy ass vampire who rules the local Seethe. She is so old and so removed from humanity that she doesn’t even appear human anymore. And did I mention she is creepy?
Only, Blood Bound has a new trick for us, and if you thought the vampires were scary before, just wait! Now we have a vampire who is possessed by a demon. A demon who only wants to cause death, destruction, and discord. He radiates out chaos, and he lives for death and destruction.
Corey Littleton is an amazing villain, because they are so creepy and dangerous. The places this story goes to include a villain such as he is amazing. This demon-ridden vampire adds something new that wasn’t in the first book, but in the best way possible. I love how Patricia Briggs sets up the world, and what she did with the demon is just plain awesome.
Mercy Thompson herself is also just so cool. She is a great main protagonist. She draws chaos to her, and feels responsible for what she brings down on others by just existing near her. I also love her powers as a coyote shifter. In Blood Bound, we’re learning more about her and what she can do. We learn how she ties into the rest of the world built. She is so much fun. The person she has a crush on (and who likes her in turn), Adam Hauptman, is just plain awesome as well. I love how far Mercy is willing to go to deny her attraction to him, even to herself. It is as amusing as it is cute.
Blood Bound is just an amazing book, and Mercy Thompson an amazing series. From the very first pages of the book, I am constantly hooked to the story. I’ve read this book many times now, and it never gets old.
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