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I just finished Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs and I liked it a lot. Mercy is a Native American auto mechanic (she needs to hang out w/ C.E. Murphy's heroine of Urban Shaman etc). She's a shapechanging coyote, not the same as the werewolves in the book who are partially moon driven, but raised by werewolves (just caught the subtext "raised by wolves" which if it isn't intentional, should be).
A vampire friend whom she owes a favor asks her to accompany him to a meeting and they run into a murderous, demon ridden sorceror/vampire, who is able to bespell her vampire friend but not Mercedes, who is resistant to a number of magics while in vampire form.
We see more of the alternate present world of this series, with fae & werewolves out (or at least some of them) but not vampires and others yet, and there is more exploration of her feelings for the two werewolves in her life, Samuel, who she grew up with and threw herself at unsuccessfully when she was 15, (almost another 15 years ago) and Adam, her local Alpha packleader neighbor. No resolution of that arc, but some more character development.
Just finished the ARC of the second half of the Bujold Sharing Knife:Legacy and it is really good. I'll post more about it closer to publication date, but seeing Dag (the hero's) Lakewalker culture in comparison to Fawn's life is fascinating. What I particularly love about these is that while they are clearly alternate world fantasy, they are blessedly lacking in Kings, Princes, Dukes, etc, etc. The tone is almost like an alternate American frontier, as is the landscape, and it is marvelously familiar and strange at the same time but very real in a way that a lot of fantasy isn't.
Also, I've never heard of Urban Shaman but it looks great! I'll definately be checking that one out.
I liked it a lot. A little more thrilling than the first.
My bookstore had it just a couple of days early. :) I quickly read it and I agree with you; it is better than the first! I think Patricia Briggs' writing continues to mature and improve with each book.
The pace of the action reminds me a lot of Christine Warren's series about the Others.
Abby is a smart aleck and the dialogue between the two main characters is clever. The secondary characters are also interesting and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Alexandra Ivy is the alter ego of Deborah Raleigh. I've read Raleigh's previous books and haven't liked them that well---she's really hit her stride with this one, though.
The book is about a vampire named Roshan DeLongpre. Roshan is tired of living and tries to commit suicide at the beginning of the book, but chickens out when he starts to light on fire. He becomes obsessed with a woman who was burned as a witch near the time of the Salem witch trials. Having just been nearly fried himself, he has some sympathy for her.
He goes back in time and rescues her, taking her back with him to modern times. Abby struggles to acclimate to the modern times, which I think Ashley pulls off fairly well. Abby doesn't get too whiny or unreasonably demanding, nor is she slow in grasping modern concepts and technology.
On their way to happiness they face off with an evil human who wants do discover the secret to immortality. Anything else would be giving too much of the plot away.
There is a sequel planned, which is coming out fairly soon, I think.
I *still* haven't read The Nymph King! It is now in my possession, though...to be filed in the tbr stack. I seem to be on a historical kick at the moment. Well, with time out for J.R. Ward.