Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

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Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
2009, Ace

Review Summary: Briggs delivers another page-turner, staying true to her characters and keeping enough grit and reality in her mix so that we can empathize with her characters at the same time that we admire them. An outstanding effort, and I once again look forward to the next installment of the series.

Full Review:

Briggs delivers another page-turner, staying true to her characters and keeping enough grit and reality in her mix so that we can empathize with her characters at the same time that we admire them – though they exhibit supernatural powers, it is really these characters’ humanity – their mixture of human failings and strength of character – that keeps the reader’s interest.

Again, the big action in the novel seems secondary to the characters’ unfolding lives and relationships, but in this one I did definitely feel that the plot was rushed. The dark new villains in the novel got the bare minimum of screen time needed, and this time I was left expecting and wanting more than the seemingly trademark abrupt ending.

I particularly appreciated Briggs’ handling of Mercy’s dilemna from the last book in the series, the conflict between her moxie and the very real trauma she needs to deal with, and the shocking ending from the last novel was mitigated with Mercy’s following reaction when the storyline was picked up from where it ended.

An outstanding effort, and I once again look forward to the next installment of the series.

03/27/09 CSL

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