A Mercy Thompson Novel #9
By Patricia Briggs
Hardcover & Ebook
Penguin Random House/Ace
Mar 08, 2016 | 352 Pages
Category: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Fiction | Paranormal Romance
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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?
There’s a paranormal being for every preference in this story: fae, fae who aren’t fae, humans being turned into fae, wolves who seem to have been possessed by gods, witches, werewolves, a coyote shifter, and even humans. It seems like this excellent series is mostly about how love and decency; doing the right thing, build strength.
As far as the plot goes, this is a take on bridge trolls and the heroes quest. Sometimes in this series Mercy saves Adam and sometimes he saves her.
As usual, Adams pack is pissy about Mercy. And, someone has to take a stand about it. Not doing so would be a weakness. But Mercy follows the letter of the pack rules and well, others seem to believe they are just for show. There’s a moral imperative and a moral quandary.
Mercy and Adam: Well their relationship has matured and become more of an equal partnership: Mercy is accepting that she is the true mate of a true alpha — a queen in a sense. She has to come into her own, accept who she is and that her decisions must carry the same weight as Adam’s decision. These two have to stand firmly behind each other or they are, quite literally, dead.
The action here is largely emotional and political. If you like thiis kind of suspense in your urban fantasy this is a great choice. Of course, it is a long running series and this is not a good place to start. If you read SHIFTING SHADOWS short story collection (review September 2015) you will find continuity in it that was intrinsic — almost a prerequisite — to this story. I think you do need to start at the beginning; I think this is a great series.