by Patricia Briggs (Author), Lorelei King (Reader)
Audio Edition – Read May 22, 2014
Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
Length: 306 pages
Official Description: This is book #2 of the Mercy Thompson series
Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…
Mechanic Mercy Thompson 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.
I officially love this series, it has enough action to keep you hooked, fantastic characters, a great plot with a very, very small dash of romance. The romance is just kind of glanced over, it’s not the center of the story, it does not drive the plot forward, and the profanity is at a bare minimum. It is refreshing, it’s nice, we have a book that is plot driven, a story that we actually care about the characters and a mystery that we want Mercy to solve.
I love her character, she is special, she is strong, she knows her limitations and she pushes them to the brink of stretching those boundaries. This time we learn about something that is more evil than a simple vampire, we learn more about what it means to be a walker, but not a lot more. This book deals more on the vampire side of things, where book one was mostly about the Werewolves. I don’t know if I can accurately describe the awesomeness of this book, but it is pretty much non stop, and I think Mercy is going to become what the vampire’s feared. I think Mercy is an honest, and well written character, she has a vulnerability with her strength and she is a noble character. Very much a good person. Some people keep focusing on the Adam/Samuel love ‘triangle’ I don’t feel that there really is a triangle there. I think Mercy makes it absolutely perfectly clear that Samuel is her past, and she may never completely forgive him for trying to make her his ‘brood mare’. I think she will always care for him but she is totally in to Adam. I honestly think the romance aspect of this series, thus far, is just a minor blimp in the action and adventure that the rest of the story is. This book is scary, with some gory parts in it. We learn how the vampires work, their weaknesses, what they really want and that everyone around them doesn’t even matter.
“Never trust a mechanic who drives new cars. They’re either charging too much money for their work, or they can’t keep an old car running—maybe both.”
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