Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2)
Penguin Ace (US: 30th January 2007); Hachette Orbit (UK: 3rd July 2008; AU: October 2008)
Vampires, sorcerers and demons take the stage in Mercy Thompson’s second chronicled adventure.
A coyote “walker”, she often has to intervene when her werewolf buddies are doing the whole “mine’s bigger than yours” faff, and the vampires are no different in this respect.
But the link between vampires, sorcerers and demons becomes clear; placing innocents in danger, and Mercy’s vampire pal Stefan goes missing. Not to mention the wild outbreak of violence from seemingly on-the-level citizens. So where you do find a demon? In a church, of course.
I had the same problem with this that I had with the first book in this series, Moon Called. They’re okay, but they’re just not wowing me. And the endless talk of dominants and submitting to them gets old fast. As a coyote, Mercy’s more American than the werewolves and vampires, who came from Europe. Yes, Europe has royalty, but it’s evident that North America has blatant class systems of its own, so don’t go thinking that dominance and submission is an archaic European thing that’s come along to the free-spirited West. I’m not sure what the author’s trying to say with this.
But while this series isn’t quite a page-turner, it’s still a decent read. Even if some werewolves and vampires do deserved to be kicked in the crotch.