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VINE-PRODUKTTESTERam 13. Januar 2008
As this novel is hardly aspiring to win a Nobel Prize of Literature, it is somewhat futile to remark too excessively upon its style and use of language. Briggs just wants to tell a nice story, and she does that a lot better than many, many other published authors in the fantasy genre.

Likewise, I won't comment excessively on her getting her facts wrong. (For example, the Arthurian Romance "Iweine"[sic], as referenced in this book, is not about a knight atoning for giving up adventuring after getting married. That would be "Erec", also by Hartmann von Aue. But as few readers of Briggs will have to write a test about medieval German romances - and those few who might should know better than getting their facts out of a fantasy novel - I think we should let it pass.) Nor will I say too much about her poor grasp of German. (Honestly, it sounds hilarious to native speakers.)

No, what *really* bugs me about these novels is the fact that their heroine is always supposed to be that fundamentally rebellious individualist, yet mostly acts, feels and thinks like the average All-American choirgirl.
Sorry, but just giving your heroine a tattoo and making her drive a rather unusual run-down car does not suffice. In every way that counts, Mercy is 100% conventional, very likely because she reflects the sensibilities of her creator. She even worries about nudity and sexuality - a lot - in spite of occasional allegations to the contrary. And of course, she attends church.

Now, don't get me wrong. It's not exactly what she *does* that disqualifies her for the role of rebellious misfit that she supposedly incorporates. You don't have to be a pot-smoking, kinky, polyamorous neo-pagan in order to be an individualist. Quite the contrary. But Mercy could easily fit into any white american suburb, once you get past her outward appearance.
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am 11. Januar 2008
This third installment of the Mercy Thompson series felt both drawn out and rushed at different points. The story had an uneven feel that I don't normally associate with the talented Briggs' writing. For example, Mercy's previous encounter with the vampires in book two was randomly mentioned throughout this story, but with no appearance made by vampire Stefan. These side thoughts seem to create a lead in for a potential fourth book, but felt out of context.

The main story/mystery was entertaining itself, but left me wanting more information about the Fae. While you learn more about the Fae, the small pieces were somehow less satisfying because you know there's more. You also receive confirmation of Mercy's loyalty to the people she cares about with her dogged investigation of a murder that involves her old boss, Zee, the self-described gremlin.

Beyond the mystery story itself, like with the vampire mentions, I was surprised that Briggs introduced the issue of growing violence and xenophobia against the werewolves, but again, little exploration of the topic itself. As other reviews have mentioned, the resolution of Mercy's relationship situation felt somewhat flat, particularly given the build up in the previous novels and the emotional events Mercy survives at the story's conclusion.

All in all, this third addition moved Mercy's story forward. However, I'm hoping for a return of Briggs' tight story telling in the fourth installment.

Also recommend: Ich auch empfehle Tino Georgiou's topseller--The Fates--wenn Sie vermißten es. Dank
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am 26. Januar 2009
Dieser dritte Band der Mercy-Thompson-Reihe von Patricia Biggs ist ein absolut konsequenter Nachfolger der beiden ersten Bücher: Nachdem Mercy erst mit den Werwölfen, dann mit den Vampiren zutun hat, sind diesmal also die Fae dran. Auch qualitativ sehe ich diesen Band auf demgleichen Level wie die beiden Vorgänger, nicht besser oder schlechter.
Die Story ist ganz unterhaltsam, allerdings sollte Ms Biggs allzu intensive Ausflüge in die Literatur respektive die Kultur anderer Länder lieber lassen, sie heben das Niveau nicht wirklich. Man hat das Gefühl, daß die gute Mercy - bei all den wilden Abenteuern mit eigentlich unkonventionellen Gestalten - ein nettes weißes amerikanisches Mädchen der Mittelklasse ist, die brav in die Kirche geht, sich an die Gesetze hält und keinen Sex vor der Ehe hat. Und die andauernde Betonung der dominierenden Rolle der Männer in der Gesellschaft geht schon eher auf den Wecker.
Gespannt bin ich, wie es weitergeht, die Fabelwesen sind eigentlich durch, die Liebesgeschichte begibt sich auf eingefahrene Gleise.
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