Read-along & Giveaway: River Marked by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage @LoreleiKing @AceRocBooks @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #Read-along #GIVEAWAY

Posted May 22, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 17 Comments


Read-along & Giveaway: River Marked by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage @LoreleiKing @AceRocBooks @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #Read-along #GIVEAWAY River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #6
Published by Penguin Audio, Ace on March 2, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 337
Length: 8 hours, 56 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased
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Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil...

This is my third time reading River Marked, and I find that each time through I glean more tidbits and information I missed before. I’m discovering I love this series more and more with each re-read! Mercy is a such an amazing character: intelligent, a pro at reading situations and people, able to come up with a smart, strategic response to complicated situations that make her a force to be reckoned with. I admire her clever thinking as she handles whatever comes at her!

River Marked takes us along with Adam and Mercy on their luxury camping honeymoon. I loved their couple time, just the two of them together able to enjoy each other. Such a treat because it hasn’t been an easy road to get here.  Trouble and excitement follow, of course, because nothing can be simple or boring in Mercy’s life. A river monster, psycho otters, other shifters and Coyote show up to make things interesting. By the end, I was at the edge of my seat hoping everything would turn out alright, and I have to say, I felt the same the third time through even though I knew what happened!
We learn more about Mercy’s heritage from Coyote, and even though she connected with other walkers, it seemed that (to me, at least) Mercy is an original.


I’ve read this series by audio book each time through, and I highly recommend the audio version. Lorelei King’s performance is perfection! Her voice is Mercy Thompson to me.  She has a rich, warm voice with a slightly sarcastic and humorous tone that I find perfect for Mercy. The story and characters come to life with her narration!

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“Your ability to survive anything that gets thrown at you sometimes leaves the rest of us swallowing ulcer medication for days afterward. I don’t like the taste of Maalox.”

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Observations and questions you shared from Silver Borne:

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  • I hated Mary Jo even more than the first 2 times through. Still not a big fan of her, even though she tried to make good. She did it for Adam not for Mercy.

Quotes you readers shared from Silver Borne:

(Thank you for sharing!)

“Since I love you, as you are, where you are–it hardly makes sense for me to kick about it when you act like yourself.” – Adam

If I hadn’t taken the gold rope of our bond, I knew Adam would have sat on me and hog-tied me with it. I liked that. A lot.



We are doing one book every 4 weeks, posting on Fridays.

May 22:  River Marked: Rachel at Waves of Fiction

Jun 19:   Frost Burned   –  Jonetta at the Blue Mood Cafe

Jul 17:    Night Broken – Jennifer the Book Nympho (now at That’s What I’m Talking About)

Aug 14:   Fire Touched – Robin

Sep 11:    Silence Fallen – Sophia 

Oct 9:     Storm Cursed  – Angela at My Guilty Pleasures

Nov 6:    Smoke Bitten   –  Anne


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Jan 3:    Moon Called – Anne

Jan 31:   Blood Bound  – Melanie

Feb 28:   Iron Kissed – Carole at Carole’s Random Life in Books

Mar 27:   Bone Crossed – KC

Apr 24:   Silver Borne – Berls at Because Reading

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Grand Prize Giveaway:

I am still developing the complete grand prize package which I will update here as we go along in the Read-along. I know it will contain the MP3 audio versions of the books from Brilliance Audio, probably signed as I intend to go see Patricia Briggs at a conference or two this year.  It will also contain swag from those events.  There will be a Mercy Thompson enamel pin from AceRoc.






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About Lorelei King

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films and television shows. Lorelei is also a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

About Rachel at Waves of Fiction

I’ve always loved reading from a very young age. Both my father and mother were avid readers so it’s no surprise I love to read. Growing up I was hooked on mysteries (always with a little romance, mind you). Nancy Drew was my first love, and then I graduated to Agatha Christie. Currently, I’m a big lover of romance in just about any genre. Contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, mysteries, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.

Joining Goodreads back in 2011 was a revelation! Being able to share my love of books with like-minded people and discover new books has been so much fun, and then I discovered book blogging. I’ve been blogging since 2012 and love the book community. I’m also a wife, mother, and now grandma, trying to balance my reading addiction with family, work, and staying fit!

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Posted May 22, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway, Read-along / 17 Comments

17 responses to “Read-along & Giveaway: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

  1. I feel the same way, Rachel. I get as much into the story as a re-read/listen than I did the first time and, at the same time, notice all new things.

    I loved how this pair was written as a couple who has to work out stuff, but they handle it realistically and like adults.
    And, yes, I did love her encounters with Coyote and talk of her dad.

  2. My reading took a few knocks when Covid lockdown hit so I’m behind on the readalong again. 🙁 I got up to book 4… It’s only a couple of book though! This series is so easy to read that when I start reading my problem is usually holding off on jumping ahead! At least I have a few to blitz through now. 🙂

  3. Jen

    I remember LOVING this one when I read it. It still is one of my favorites in the series. Every time I read one of your reviews I shake my head and say I need to reread.

  4. I think that I got more out of this book the second time around than I did the first time. It is just such a great series. Great review, Rachel!

    • I’m enjoying them all over again because it’s been awhile since I’ve read these early books in the series, plus there is something about reading them all closer together so the later ones will be different than when I waited a year (ish) for each one.

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