Mercedes Thompson series #11
Written by: Patricia Briggs
Read by: Lorelei King
10 Hours and 16 Minutes
PRHA | Imprint: Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy – Urban
Release Date: May 07, 2019
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic. And a coyote shapeshifter. And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it. https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/318261/storm-cursed/
This book has a few “Luke, I am your father,” moments. By that I mean something surprising and, and of some degree import, is brought to light. Paternity is not so much revealed as family ties. We get more about one of my favorite characters in the series, Zee, Mercy’s mentor and colleague — he is such a powerful old fae that even the fae-lords may fear him.
A constant in the series is Mercy finding her own power and becoming first, one of Adam’s pack, and then as his mate, one of its leaders. As a different kind of shape shifter, Mercy doesn’t fit in with most populations — she is not fully human, fae, shifter or witch. But she can sense them and in some instances can use power or detect magic.
Adam’s pack has not always been kind to her. Some are allies, and some have been openly hostile. But, no, in a nod, no doubt, to the number of times she saved them, and Adam, they seem to be getting less begrudging in politesse. Also, Mercy doesn’t tolerate fools, is able to get past emotional attachments to get the job done. I liked how this book brought Mercy’s abilities forward and gave her more strength with less doubt in her ability.
That does not mean she is invulnerable. Like a wolf, she needs to compensate for energy expended changing in and out of form. She is vulnerable physically – perhaps more than any of the other supes. She also has a soft spot for the innocent and for people who save her.
If you had not read the rest of the series, the historical relationship between Mercy and the pack will be hard to understand. Adam, however got fed up with that and essentially mandated respectful behavior. Briggs gives the reader the minimum of backstory, so this would be a less than enjoyable place to start. However, you could probably get away with skipping a couple of series entries, although, I do not know why you would want to.
This book brings a new witch family to town; These are most certainly not the good witch variety and they have power. They are quite evil and lead by two women. They seek power at all costs, and use it to maintain their beauty, and that is about it — they are vapid seekers of the superficial. Compare this to Mercy, Adam and the “caring” supes for whom honor, protecting innocents, pack and family are paramount. And, Adam has the power of pack, and the experience of a military leadership. But, Mercy has a different kind of leadership, the Coyote kind. I think it is a canny, maybe even sly understanding of people.
King does a great job with the narration, but, I often had a split second of thinking I was listening to a Stephanie Plum series book (by Janet Evanovich): Mercy and Adam get the same character voices as Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli.
Briggs does a great job keeping the continuity and maintaining the “world-rules.” And the pace is ripping, from start to finish there are crises — not just filler, each crisis moves the plot forward, helping Mercy and all to figure things out. There’s very little gratuitous action — so I had to pay attention and put the pieces together as the characters do.
I don’t know if this told me where the series is going — Mercy discovers more about her lineage and abilities in each book. And as this is her story, so it leads me to think the end goal, if there is one, must be something where she realizes who and what she is, or it is revealed to her. But, I love the series and the book.