I am a very big fan of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. Even talking about it gives me a fluttery, breathless thrill recalling how much I enjoyed those stories I can recall feelings I had in response to each and every villain so clearly still!
So when my dad mailed us a copy of another, earlier Patricia Briggs novel (albeit addressed to Haki), there was no question I was going to read it.
Now, the Mercy books are urban fantasy, and consequently have a modern, easy-to-imagine setting, names and dialogue. Dragon Bones features a more traditional, medieval feel, as well as:
- So many foreign names attached to people, places, and politics (and without a glossary or map).
- A hero I only sort of liked. I definitely disliked his adversaries, and wanted good to triumph, but I felt I was willing him to be better so much that it detracted from how much I cared for him.
- Paranormal content, which I think made the story better.
- A fairly slow story, but well told. Things improved from half-way, but overall, the novel felt like a slower, earlier work with less masterful pacing than I expected, from Briggs.
- Good ideas. There were some really interesting ideas, but at no point was I enchanted or swept away by the narrative the way I was with books 3 onwards, in the Mercy series. In fact, I doubt I'll read the sequel.