Blood Bound is the second book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. While I don’t think it was quite as successful as Moon Called, it was still an enjoyable read that is better than most Urban Fantasy out there.
Mercy is called upon by Stefan, a vampire friend, to accompany him while checking in on a visiting vampire. Since she is a coyote skinwalker, he asks her to take that form and just be an observer. Things don’t go as planned and Mercy is pulled in to a fight that includes many of her friends.
As with Moon Called, Mercy is the best thing about the book. She is tough, resilient, loyal and smart. If I were choosing fictional characters as friends, Mercy would be one of my top picks. Adam, Samuel, Stefan and the other supporting characters are well-rounded. Each play an important part in the story. And there is a good story as the backbone of Blood Bound. Patricia Briggs knows how to suck you in and make you feel you are a part of their lives.
That brings me to my only real issue with the story. Adam, the local shifter pack leader, has claimed her as his mate. Mercy believes it was done just to protect her but we know he has it bad for her. Samuel, a shifter she’s known most of her life, wants her as well. His human side is drawn to the fact that she would probably be able to bear him children (and that’s a big deal since most shifter females cannot carry a cub to term.) Sam’s wolf believes she is his mate. This triangle didn’t bother me in book one as it was so well done and Mercy didn’t participate in any of the normal “I don’t know who to pick” yuckiness. If Blood Bound continued in the same vein, it would have been preferable. Instead both Sam and Adam are making moves and it felt a little more cliché. Plus, it turns out that Mercy has other admirers. I’m just not a huge fan of stories that show women who are irresistible to all men. I get it – Mercy is hot. But, I don’t buy that everyone is in love with her (a la Sookie Stackhouse).
And, the cover…Mercy’s defining characteristic is not her physical appearance. I can’t imagine that she would be caught dead hanging around her shop wearing her coveralls unzipped below the navel with only a bra underneath. I have no problem with sexy covers. But, I do think it needs to make sense for the character. This one doesn’t work for me.
Overall, I enjoyed this installment and am looking forward to continuing Mercy’s journey. Yes, I’ve already picked up book three. 4.5/5 stars.