Series: Mercy Thompson #6
Published by Penguin on March 1st 2011
Number of Pages: 326
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn't go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip -- and the pimped-out trailer they're using -- is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached...
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 absolutely adored Coyote! I want him to make lots of more appearances in the books, and it sounds like he just might. The way he was written was perfect. He was mysterious and tricksey, but he also obviously cared for Mercy as one of his walkers. I also liked what happened with the walking stick at the end.
The River Devil was nightmarish and if you have a fear of the water already, this might make it just that bit worse. But it was described so well, and was a fitting monster for the book. I’m still amazed Mercy survived it. (I don’t consider that a spoiler since we all know there are more books in this series. And if Mercy hadn’t lived, there wouldn’t be any more books, right?) I liked that the letter Mercy left Adam just in case she died, was included in the end of the book.
Most of this book is centered around Adam and Mercy. As major characters that is. There’s lots of interactions between them as well, and intimate (not the sexual kind) moments between them. But other than that, no other familiar characters make much of an appearance. Stefan gets a bit of time in the beginning and at the end of the book. Warren, Jessie, and Darryl have tiny snippets. And all the other supporting characters are entirely new.
There was quite a bit of Native American lore in the book. And we got to know more about Mercy’s background and her father. It was never over-the top or boring, it was pretty neat to read about. Some things I had known already, and others were brand new to me.