Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
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by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson #9
March 8, 2016
The Mercy Thompson Series
Ugh…..I missed Mercy.
The one thing that sucks about having a great author pen two different fantastic series are the times when we have to skip a year between releases. The last Mercy Thompson book was released in March 2014. Can you believe that? It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but there is it. Anyway, with the release of an Alpha & Omega book in between, it’s been a long wait to get back to Mercy and the Columbia Basin pack.
But I feel it was totally worth it.
Fire Touched brings back some of the old Mercy we’re familiar with, while still maintaining forward momentum in the development of the character. She seems to have settled into her role as the alpha’s mate a little more. Fire Touched gives us a much more candid view into the workings of the pack magic and how she fits into that puzzle. She’s understands the reservations some still hold, but remains confident that she deserves to be there, which I think it important for the character to maintain her place. She doesn’t waste any time waxing poetic about how tough it is to be her, which is one of my favorite things about the character.
I will say that I still feel like the heat between Mercy and Adam is just limping along. Now, I don’t say that to claim that they’re doomed or anything like that. They have a deep connection and love each other fiercely. I’m just saying that their honeymoon period is most definitely over. They’ve settled into their own kind of comfort (as comfortable as one could be in a house full of werewolves). Their relationship is warm and sweet, but that tension they used to have is gone. I would love to see what happens between these two when they come to a moral crossroads where they don’t share a viewpoint. Something to really rock the foundations of their relationship. I mean, I imagine it has to happen at some point. They’re both stubborn as shit. It would be interesting to see how they navigate something that threatens their view of one another.
The story arc in this book focuses on a boy who is “fire touched” following being kidnapped by the fae years back (none of this is a spoiler as it’s in the synopsis). This new character was a fun one to watch. He’s a little odd, and has very little understanding of how to interact with our crew, which makes for some relatively hilarious moments and some seriously tense moments. Declaring pack protection over the boy forced the pack into some very tough decisions, and how they came to the declaration in the first place kind of took me a little by surprise.
Overall, this was an awesome book. There were a few spots where it got a little sluggish for me, but for the most part, the pace of the story moves quickly. I would recommend this one for fans of true urban fantasy. As I’ve said in the past, if you like the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, you’d love Mercy Thompson.
As one side note, I will say I listened to the audio book. This one is narrated by the always-awesome Lorelei King (she narrates the rest of the series and also narrates the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones). This chick is an fantastic narrator. I love listening to her work.
The review copy of this book was purchased by the reviewer.
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