Being a different breed of shapeshifter—a walker—Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil.
“I can turn into a coyote,” I said. “My mom tells me I must get it from my father.”
Calvin’s jaw dropped, then his face froze. “Your mother was a white woman,” he said urgently. “You can’t turn into a coyote.”
“Can, too,” I said indignantly. It was one thing for me to tell him he was lying–I knew I was right. It was an entirely different matter for him to tell me I was lying.
“Mercy,” Adam said with an exaggerated patience tinged with humor.
River Marked is just one of those books that if you’ve read it before, you could easily skip it on a reread, but you may not want to. Mercy and Adam are on their honeymoon. It goes poorly. As you would expect things to go around Mercy.
The biggest thing about River Marked is how it pertains to Mercy. If you know that already, this book just doesn’t have much of an impact. But that first time I read the book? My jaw was hanging down for quite a while! We’ve spent a lot of time prior to this book with Mercy, just believing she is the only one, the only coyote walker. Completely alone, save for the werewolves.
We learn that isn’t the case, and it is the best part of the book. Finally, finally learning more about Mercy herself. Our main character. That was what makes this book necessary. That is what makes this book good. And that is what makes this book worth it to read again and again and again, for me.
There is also the bonus that, for once, the book is dealing with Native American themes. And not just Coyote! Too few urban fantasy series does this, and it was beyond past time for Briggs to do this with a half Native American lead as the main character. I just feel that it is too bad that it took this long to do it in the series.
River Marked was just all about Mercy. It was a good book, but not the best in the series. Completely readable, with moments of very much cuteness with her and Adam. Which is one of my favourite romances.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Mercy Thompson series page!