Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…
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?
The Mercy Thompson series is always one that I look forward to reading, usually putting aside a day to completely immerse myself into this fictional world. I have really been enjoying how Patricia Briggs has been expanding the werewolf world, and moving into the world of the fae (along with some other supernatural creatures).
If you are a reader of Laurell K. Hamilton, then some of what you read may be reminiscent of the Anita Blake series. Not that it’s a bad thing, it just really stood out to me, and I haven’t really noticed it in previous Mercy Thompson books. Mercy was really mothering towards the boy who had been locked up in the fairy world. At one point the speech she makes about protecting those under her pack’s home/protection, felt as if it came straight out of a Hamilton book. It was just something that really stood out to me, and stayed with me.
As always, the action scenes were awesome. When they were fighting the troll, it reminded me of something you would see in a Summer Blockbuster. Briggs continues to write the characters wonderfully, making us feel like we’re catching up with friends. And with the newer characters, she is continuing to do a great job developing them.
The way she left the book with the impending war between supernaturals, has me really looking forward to the next book in the series. That’s the only downfall to getting advanced reader copies of books, you have to wait even longer for the next chapter in the story. But that’s a good problem to have.