River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Book review

River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Orbit (2011) ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

There’s a rule about picking up a novel that’s partway through a series: don’t. Unless the writer’s really good, you’ll end up baffled, confused and (probably) irritated. Sure enough, by page four of this latest Urban Fantasy about coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson, I was hopelessly lost. Briggs just throws it at you, mercilessly: names, what they did, who they’re doing, when they did it’

It might help if the characters had some form of individuality ‘ but not one of them leaves the page; all have the same voice. And most of the time all they seem to be doing is telling each other facts they should already know (like one vampire telling another vampire what vampires can and can’t do. Well, duh!). And yes we have vampires, and werewolves (and werecoyotes) ‘ like a TV series of True Blood re-written for the Cartoon Network.

And there’s also something killing people in the local river’

There’s a blurb on the back cover claiming this is Urban Fantasy at its very best. In which case I’d say there’s a similar rule about picking up an Urban Fantasy novel.

River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Orbit (2011) ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

There’s a rule about picking up a novel that’s partway through a series: don’t. Unless the writer’s really good, you’ll end up baffled, confused and (probably) irritated. Sure enough, by page four of this latest Urban Fantasy about coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson, I was hopelessly lost. Briggs just throws it at you, mercilessly: names, what they did, who they’re doing, when they did it’

It might help if the characters had some form of individuality ‘ but not one of them leaves the page; all have the same voice. And most of the time all they seem to be doing is telling each other facts they should already know (like one vampire telling another vampire what vampires can and can’t do. Well, duh!). And yes we have vampires, and werewolves (and werecoyotes) ‘ like a TV series of True Blood re-written for the Cartoon Network.

And there’s also something killing people in the local river’

There’s a blurb on the back cover claiming this is Urban Fantasy at its very best. In which case I’d say there’s a similar rule about picking up an Urban Fantasy novel.