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Not my kind of book
am 17. Mai 2014
Well, I guess when you’ve written five very good books, you’re probably bound to cock things up at one point. In the Mercy Thompson series this was (for me) River Marked.
I’m not entirely sure whether it’s because I’m not a very religious person or if I misunderstood something, but I couldn’t find any kind of access to that book. At all.
It started well enough, actually.
There was Adam and Mercy’s “reverse shot-gun wedding” I really, really liked (and kudos to Jesse & Co. for actually pulling that one off), they finally mentioned the aftermath of the whole Marsilia mess-up and how Stefan dealt with it (or not) at least briefly, and then it was off to the honeymoon.
Which I had really hoped would be kind of summarized in one or two pages or thereabouts.
No such luck.
So... Adam and Mercy drove away for their honeymoon.
I’m pretty sure I would have survived that one, but somewhere on the way to the campground in the Columbia Gorge, they must have taken a very, very wrong turn, because I was suddenly somewhere in the Native American Spirit World where everybody is a jerk.
Add a monstrously huge river-dragon-snake-thingy and that the Coyote Spirit is Mercy’s father aaaaand... I’m out. No, seriously.
This was way too esoteric for my liking.
There was no real mystery like in the other books, because it was pretty clear from the get-go what caused all the “mysterious” deaths in the area Adam and Mercy were camping. You didn’t have any of the usual characters around (yeah, okay, a little bit in the beginning and then they PHONE, like, twice in the whole book; great), instead you get a bunch of new ones which are – apart from maybe one or two – unlikeable or just shallow.
And what is it that they have to make Mercy always even more super-duper-extra-special than she was before? She IS special already! She’s a coyote Walker who was raised by werewolves and even married one, she has some Fae, a Fae walking stick and a Vampire as friends, she’s not influenced by any magic at all or at least not as she SHOULD be, she can see and talk to ghosts. So why does she have to be the child of The Native American Coyote Spirit on top of all that, too?
Yeah, no, she IS, because that really confusing explanation wasn’t any explanation at all. Plus, cut away all the spiritual rigmarole, the one thing that remains is: Mercy could never have been born as a Walker if her mother AND FATHER had been completely human, period. Especially if one of them had been a white, Anglo-American, in this case Mercy’s mother Marji. So, the tale of Coyote having only worn a Joe-Old-Coyote-meat-suit is nice, but evidently Coyote himself was the one who’s gotten Marji pregnant, because otherwise Mercy would’ve been just an ordinary human.
And the “endgame” was just... silly. Usually I’m not bothered by Mercy Superwoman, but that was too much.
Nope. Sorry. No book for me.
On to book seven, which is – hopefully – just like the first five.