Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.
This is the second instalment in the Mercy Thompson book series. The first one was essentially a werewolf story. This one expands the “bestiary” somewhat to include demons and vampires. Okay, there was a few mentions of vampires in the first one as well but the story of this book centres primarily around vampires.
As far as I am concerned the author handles vampires as well as she handles werewolves. The characters are interesting and there is a lot more to each of them than just sucking blood and general mayhem. Just as with the first book this is not about some devious plan for world domination but much more down to earth which, to me, is one thing that makes these books different from a lot of monster fiction.
The werewolves have also started to “come out” in this book in the sense that they have started to reveal themselves to the humans although it is more of a mentioning than a part of the plot. The vampires however are still hiding since it is considered “too scary” for the humans if they knew vampires where real. I find this a bit weak since when it has already been revealed to humans that faes and werewolves are real you have to be rather stupid not to believe vampires and a lot of other scary stuff would be real as well. That’s more of a minor nit-picking though.
There is a lot of talk about Mercy supposedly having some advantages against the vampires by being a “walker” but this part is never really becoming very developed. I guess it is in line with the general style of the book trying stay moderate with the monster and magic “effects” but I cannot help wishing for Mercy to get a bit more of an advantage every once in a while.
Bottom line is that I liked this book as much as the previous one and will surely continue to read this book series.