Category Archives: Ace

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Publisher: Ace (Penguin Imprint)
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it
Cover Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it

Summary From Good Reads:  

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.
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…

My thoughts on River Marked:
This is my favorite of the Mercy Thompson series. And only because we finally learn more about what Mercy is and where she comes from. And that she is not the only one of her kind. The novel only spans a few days, and many characters that we see throughout the series were almost completely absent, which I didn’t like so much.

The Native American aspect in this book only piqued my interest in doing more research on my own, especially since I do have Native American ties in my family. I was glad to see Coyote, and the others, Raven, Thunderbird, Bear, Wolf. I look forward to seeing more of them in future installments. And I hope this won’t be the last we see of the walking stick, because I’ve grown rather fond of it.

Next up is the next installment of her Alpha and Omega series featuring Anna and Charles! Comes out January 2012, so far away!

Chalice by Robin McKinley

Chalice by Robin McKinley
Publisher: Ace (Paperback Mass Market)
Released: November 24, 2009 (Mass Market)
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5

From the Shelfari:

As the newly appointed Chalice, Mirasol is the most important member of the Master’s Circle. It is her duty to bind the Circle, the land and its people together with their new Master. But the new Master of Willowlands is a Priest of Fire, only drawn back into the human world by the sudden death of his brother. No one knows if it is even possible for him to live amongst his people. Mirasol wants the Master to have his chance, but her only training is as a beekeeper. How can she help settle their demesne during these troubled times and bind it to a Priest of Fire, the touch of whose hand can burn human flesh to the bone?

My Review:
Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited when I finally got my hands on this book. I wanted to love this book as much as I love Deerskin, but I have to settle for just liking it.

The beginning of Chalice starts with Mirasol and how she became the Chalice to a place that had tragically lost its previous Master and Chalice. The Circle’s magical rods pointed to her, and while she began her duties as Chalice, the Circle wrote to the Priests of Fire to bring home the brother of the previous Master.

Throughout the beginning, once the Master has arrived, we’re shown flashbacks to before he came, when Mirasol was still just a new Chalice. The way in which these were incorporated into the story confused me some, disrupting the flow somewhat. That made the beginning of the book, the first eighty to one hundred pages a little hard to get into. But once I got past that first hurdle, I devoured the rest of the story eagerly.

I savored what little interaction there was between Chalice and Master, and if I could have changed anything about the novel, it would have been more of them together.