Blood Bound

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2007

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery, vampire

Series: Mercy Thompson; 2

ISBN: 9780441014736

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 292

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland,Kennewick, &Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Mercy’s friend, Stefan, asks her for a favor in the middle of the night, she can’t say no.  She is indebted to the vampire for his help in Moon Called.  Unfortunately for Mercy, helping Stefan ends up leading her to great peril with a demon vampire.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: Fast, fast, fast

Characterization: Told in first person through Mercy.  Other important characters include the vampire Stefan, and the werewolves Adam, Samuel, and Warren

Frame: As the focus of this book is upon vampires, the title sets the frame.  Vampires are bound by blood to their makers.

Story line: An imaginative paranormal mystery that includes great characters, love interests, and lots of thrills and chills.

Subject headings:

From Pima County Public Library:

Vampires — Fiction.

Werewolves — Fiction.

Metamorphosis — Fiction.

Occult fiction.

Thompson, Mercedes (Fictitious character) — Fiction.

Similar authors:

Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files series

Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse series

Kim Harrison – Rachel Morgan/ Hallows series

Karen Marie Moning –MacKayla Lane/ Fever series

Personal notes: Loved it – didn’t want to put it down while I was reading it.  Love this series.  I really like how Briggs overlaps the characters from this series as well as the Alpha & Omega series – (Bran and Charles have an appearance in this story).  Mercy’s love life is getting quite complex.

Other: Diversity – walker (shape shifter), vampires, werewolves, demon, gremlin, ghosts, multiracial woman – part Native American, female auto mechanic, homosexuals

Patricia Briggs website

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