Book 12 of 2015: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

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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.

 This is the second book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. The first one is called Moon Called. Blood Bound begins months after the first book ended and starts with Mercy doing her part in a favor she owed Stefan, a vampire who drives a mystery machine.

Though Mercy is a mechanic by trade, you don’t really see her using her mechanic skills in a hurry. In the first book, Mercy used WD40 to help her in a mission to save a girl. In this book, Mercy uses more of her Walker abilities.

To begin, a Walker is basically a shapeshifter. They are of Native American decent and not that common in the fae world or real world. Mercy is a coyote at times, but not restricted like a werewolf. She can change at will. In Blood Bound we learn more of the dynamics of vampires as well as bits and pieces of what Walker is.

I liked that this was a continuation to the series, but didn’t feel like you absolutely had to read the first book to understand what was going on. Mercy doesn’t change much, but does have to make a decision she wouldn’t normally do. I liked that there was multiple challenges and hints that she may be more than just a Walker or mechanic.

The story is well thought out and written. The vampire dynamics and lore is very similar to the old true myths and I love that. I like that vampires aren’t romanticized.  There are too many vampire romances (granted I do read those, but I like a good ol’ fashioned blood sucker too).

This book series reaffirms that some urban fantasies are great to continue for just the thrill of it. It was a fun and enjoying read. Not my favorite book, but a good book to sit back and just go on a journey. I’m loving Mercy more and more. I believe I will read more of this series soon. It helps that I do have the next two books as well.

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