Monday, May 4, 2009

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson's second outing finds her battling vampires, sorcerers, and her own strong feelings for the two dominant werewolves in her life, Samuel and Adam. Picking up just months after Moon Called ended, as Blood Bound begins the werewolves have come out to the general public--albeit in a slow, deliberate, controlled manner--as the lesser Fae did some decades earlier. However, vampires are still a myth in the minds of most humans, and would prefer to remain so for the indefinite future. So, when a truly evil vamp comes to town and begins killing wantonly, with no regard to the dual vampire practices of carefully hiding their tracks and not shitting where they sleep, it's in everyone's best interest to hunt it down and take care of it.

Soon into the hunt, however, it becomes apparent that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. A demon is involved, and, perhaps, someone on the inside. Ultimately, with several of her strongest allies out of commission and at least one of questionable integrity, Mercy has to go it alone.

Patricia Briggs is one of the best practitioners of the art of urban fantasy around. Much fiction requires a suspension of disbelief, even mainstream fiction, but fiction involving the occult, the paranormal, and love affairs between supernatural beings requires more than most. And, where a Laurel K. Hamilton, for all of her crack-like allure, devolves more often than not into either high camp or soft core porn, Briggs doesn't feel the need to wink and nod at her readers (at least, not very often). She tells a good story, with believable (for all of their unusual attributes), well-written characters, and she leaves you clamoring for more.

So then, I guess she does have that crack-like allure in common with Hamilton...

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