River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Book Description: Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now. About the Author: Patty steadfastly refuses to write a biography. She considers them narcissistic, and besides, she'd rather write something interesting!
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help...
Here's What I Think: Often times when a series has as many installments as the Mercy Thompson series (this is the 6th book), the stories can become redundant, and this was my biggest fear with this book. But my fear was never realized. Briggs created a whole other plot that went down a completely different path. Really only two of the characters from the previous books play main roles in this book - Mercy and Adam. Don't get me wrong other staple characters are still part of the story, but they don't play a main role in the integral plot of this story. This storyline dives into Mercy's Native American Heritage and ventures into the legends and myths of the old tribes. I really enjoyed this book and dare say it is my favorite in the series since the second one. My favorite part of this story was actually a sideline that delves into the truth about who or rather what Mercy's father was. If you haven't read this series, it is very interesting and covers the whole supernatural/paranormal gamut when it comes to types of characters.