By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so-human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won’t be Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after.
It’ll be her friends’.
“Staying in that house alone didn’t appeal to me – some ghost hunter I was. Nothing had happened, and I was already jumpy.”
Following immediately after Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed just doesn’t doesn’t hold up to the highs established in the previous book. On its own, Bone Crossed is still an amazing book. It is full of danger and love and getting over what happened in Iron Kissed. It is about accepting the consequences for what she has done, no matter how noble the goals were.
It is about a terrifying vampire named Blackwood.
Bone Crossed is so interesting because of the vampires. There is just something about the vampires in Mercy Thompson that really draw them to me. I love Stefan, because he is awesome and I’m still a little bit mad that Mercy can’t be with him and love him. Stefan really needs someone to love him. (Can I do it? Please?)
Yet the rest of the vampires are pure terrifying. Nightmare fuel. And so, so much stronger than Mercy. This level of power difference is just night and day. Yet Mercy always wins. Because Mercy is awesome, and I love her. Bone Crossed introduces a new element, one that is even scarier than a plain vampire: a ghost vampire. Not as scary as a demon-ridden vampire, but still very terrifying.
As I said, Bone Crossed is a bit of a letdown after Iron Kissed, but the story itself is incredibly interesting. Mercy goes to Spokane to help an old friend out from college. Her friend, Amber, says her house is haunted by a ghost, and “since Mercy said she could talk to ghosts one time while drunk, couldn’t Mercy help out? Please, her son isn’t getting along with his father, because his father doesn’t believe him! I don’t believe him either, but can’t you please do something?”
That son is one of the best characters in the series. Chad is strong in the face of danger, even though he is only about ten years old. No one believes him, and he is terrified and terrorised, but he is trying to hold it together. He is also deaf. I love Chad. I sometimes really wish we got updates on him through the series or in a short story or something. His mom can suck a bag of dicks, though.
Back in the Tri-cities, Mercy + Adam = LOOOVE. I love their relationship. I love how it is structured. Adam is the ultimate control freak, the ultimate in wanting to keep his mate safe. And she really, really wasn’t safe in the previous book. Yet Adam loves and supports Mercy. He doesn’t have to be domineering, have to control her, to keep her safe. He knows he’ll lose her that way. Mercy has to be what Mercy is: someone who is always going to get into trouble. She is her own person, and she feels a bit bad about it but she has to stay true to herself. Best relationship.
This series is so good. I forget how good it can be between rereads, sometimes. It is scary and fun and wholesome. It has the best people and the worst. And I just love it.
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