Title: Blood Bound
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
This book picks up a few months after the events in the previous one. Werewolves are now out to the public but it’s the vampire’s who are causing the issue now. Stephan has asked Mercy to go with him to visit a trespassing vampire but they quickly find that he isn’t an ordinary vampire.
The vampires in this world are very unique. They have very controlling rules and how they change and feed can be very violent. They have a high mortality rate for changing people because it gets harder for them to control themselves the more they feed on one person. It is very animalistic, which I know not everyone loves. These are not the vampire protectors that you usually see in paranormal books. These are violent killers who are barely held in control. I like it because I love a unique take on paranormal creatures. In this world though, I really only like Stephan but that’s because he actually has some humanity left in him.
Mercy in this one is, at first anyways, just trying to keep her head down and let the stronger paranormals deal with this vampire problem. Unfortunately for her, that doesn’t last because she is a walker which gives her unique abilities that work great for vampire hunting. While she doesn’t really want to fight, she will if it means saving more people. This is one of my favorite things about Mercy. She will only fight if she has too. I also liked that she was willing to take matters into her own hands when justice wasn’t served.
The romance between Mercy and Adam is just starting to build in this one. They have gone on a few dates but Mercy is gun shy because she is afraid of being controlled by his alpha dominance. There is also still a hint of Sam trying to make a play for Mercy, but she keeps reiterating she doesn’t love him that way anymore, especially after he used her as a child. I do like that Mercy is still willing to have Sam around and help him though. She is a good friend.
Overall, this was a great continuation of Mercy’s story. We are seeing more of this world develop and getting more information about the paranormals that live within it. One thing I really like about Briggs stories is that she usually focuses on only one paranormal at a time, so you never get overwhelmed by too many different paranormals at once, but if you read the whole series you develop a great understanding of the world. I look forward to rereading the next one and seeing what kind of trouble Mercy gets into next.
Trigger Warnings: death, gore, abuse, a child’s suicide attempt discussed, misogyny in the werewolf hierarchy and with the older werewolves
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