There was a surprisingly swift resolution of the longstanding issue of how Mercy is having difficulty being accepted by some of the pack. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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View all 5 comments. Jun 28, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is what I looked like when the librarian handed me this book: Not even an exaggeration, folks So, after all that flailing and screaming, was it any good? In fact, I only have one complaint, and that's that Fire Touched was just waaaaaay too short. Are you trying to kill me with disappointment?! I guess I'll just take what I can get I'll shut up about the length. This one was classic Mercy. If you're a fan of the books, then you'll know This is what I looked like when the librarian handed me this book: If you're a fan of the books, then you'll know what I mean.
Mercy is strong , but she's never the strongest person in the room. And yet, she always comes out on top. It costs her, but she manages to win. And she does it without betraying her morals, her friends, or her husband. She's loyal, smart, tough, and a When I grow up, I wanna be Mercy.
Maybe I'm not explaining it very well, but when I close one of these books, I feel like this: This time around was no different. The story starts off with a troll attacking cars on a bridge. I said a troll on a bridge! Not cute little trolls like you Like most things in Mercy's world, this troll is dangerous. I don't want to give away any of the plot for those of you who enjoy just letting these stories unfold without any expectations. But I will say there was plenty of action, great dialogue, and the sort of storyline that I've come to expect from Briggs. Ok, and this has nothing to do with the fantastic stuff inside the book, but Because I'm a dork.
Here are a couple of the comments that non-Mercy fans said: Does she have a second career as a stripper? And I'd like to be touched by her fire Of course, both of those guys were joking, but the point is , these covers lend themselves to that sort of thing. She looks a bit In fact, her looks aren't even a thing!
But she'd certainly go into battle with her stomach covered. Dear Publishing Companies, Pleasepleaseplease stop sexualizing these covers. It's embarrassing for most of the readers. Thanks, An Urban Fantasy Fan View all 42 comments. Feb 10, Esra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 23, Christy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of those series I have been reading for forever and I still look forward to each book releasing. There is always some supernatural drama going on around Mercy- and this book centers on the fae. It starts with a troll, then goes to a fire touched child.
There is a lot going on, as always. I love how kick-ass Mercy is. She is a little less into the action in this book in some aspects, but I have my theories on that. All the other characters are fantastic, too. I especially loved Honey in this one and her speech. It was great to get more Zee and Thad as well. The are just great together. He tilted his head a little, his eyes meeting mine. This series does that. View all 15 comments. Mar 19, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: The Mercy Thompson series is one I've been reading for years.
I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It's also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion.
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So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series. In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The past few books have been building up to this, with mentions of the fae disappearing and much more interesting activity afoot. Here Mercy finds herself battling a troll on a bridge with some members of the pack, and unintentionally speaking for the Pack on the stance they take toward the Fae, and claiming the Tri-Cities as their own territory.
What follows is a series of events of Mercy and the Pack defending themselves and entering into intricate bargains with the Fae and other supernatural species. This book took a little bit for me to get into, normally when I read a Mercy book it's finished in less than 12 hours. Fire Touched took me a while longer mostly because I had a bit of trouble finding the reading rhythm and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn't help matters. I loved the bits where we saw the Pack resolving issues that needed to be solved like, 2 books ago.
I was sick of the way some members had been treating Mercy and I like that some of that was covered.
The introduction of a new and mysterious character named Aiden, the human buy stuck in a Fae world for centuries, turning him into a sort of hybrid. I cannot wait to learn more about him. Being a romance junkie I would have liked more on Mercy and Adam but I understand that wasn't a priority. Briggs dropped a relationship bomb in this book and seemed to brush it off very quickly, but we saw that Briggs!!! And it better be talked about in the next book you sly author you!
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I also cannot help but think there is something going on between Jesse and Ben, or that maybe there will be in the future when she's not in high school. Nothing obvious is written but I kind of feel that happening. Anyways, I love this author and this series, so hopefully you take a chance on it and read the first book, Moon Called. You won't regret it. And now the year long wait for the next book begins.
View all 24 comments. Mar 14, Aisling Zena rated it it was amazing Shelves: These books are getting better and better. An excellent addition to the series and hopefully we will get the next one sooner rather than later. I never thought I'd get upset over a piece of wood but Patricia Briggs managed it. Now, I seriously don't like being kept waiting. Who would have ever thought I'd love a coyote more than a werewolf!
A whole year to wait to read more of Mercy!
But I will because it's worth it and well, I have no choice. Fire Touched is another strong entry into the Mercy Thompson series, and even though it might not be my favorite book or even in my top three, the significance of this volume cannot be overlooked because it contains a lot of important moments and turning points. For one thing, the pack has grown again. Mercy may have stirred things up after becoming the mate of Adam, alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolves, but after the e 3.
Mercy may have stirred things up after becoming the mate of Adam, alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolves, but after the events of the last book Night Broken the pack has welcomed yet another non-wolfy member in the form of Joel the tibicena.
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Now the Tri-Cities area has become a battleground for fae politics, forcing Bran the Marrok to cut ties with the Columbia Basin pack. However, Adam and his werewolves are standing firm on their promise to defend their territory and protect Aiden, the fire-touched child whom the Grey Lords want to get their hands on. But in the face of constant attacks on the pack and their friends, just how long will they be able to hold out? There were so many great moments in this book. First of all, Adam probably deserves a husband-of-the-year medal for finally putting his foot down on the nasty pack energy directed at Mercy, and I think even Briggs realizes this pack grudge against the protagonist has gone on for far too long.
I was never too keen on the pack power structure in this series, but I have to admit sometimes a werewolf dictatorship has its uses. There was also the epic battle on the bridge between the werewolves and the troll, which kicked off this novel with an action-packed scene. The story also culminated into a tense climax and interesting resolution. That said, I also felt that the pacing of this installment was very inconsistent and not very balanced. I mentioned fae politics, and there a lot of it in here, punctuated with a few scenes of wanton property destruction. Major changes to the future of the Columbia Basin pack notwithstanding, I also felt that little progress was made in the overall series story arc.
In spite of its weaker aspects though, I thought Fire Touched was a good book. Looking forward to seeing what comes next. View all 12 comments. Re-read April 1st 4. Taking in Aiden brings all kinds of risk and problems, but we all know Mercy and Adam would never turn their back on someone seeking safety. At the end of the battle, Mercy draws a line in the sand with Re-read April 1st 4. This has far reaching effects on the Pack which could result in an all out war with the Fae. Can Mercy and Adam diffuse the situation all the while standing their ground? I was glued to the pages to find out!
The Fae are very much front and center in this installment, which dives into action and danger pretty quickly. The Fae are creepy and volatile for the most part, and I love getting a little more of their history and secrets when a Fae centered installment comes along. The dynamics of pack hierarchy and relationships continue to fascinate me.
Adam makes a proclamation to the Pack and I was overjoyed! I felt it was a long time coming, and oddly enough, it had a unifying effect over the Pack. Adam and Mercy continue strongly united and very much in love, while still being interesting and hot together. Their bond warms my heart a more and more with every installment! There were a couple of side stories that really grabbed my interest. This is a story of unrequited love and I need more, please!
Just makes me want to go back and read them all over again! A copy was kindly provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 20 comments. I love returning to this world. But that seems to be the least of her problems when she discovered that a human child has been stolen by the fae years ago. This sparks a dangerous war between the humans and the fae, throwing Mercy right in I love returning to this world.
This sparks a dangerous war between the humans and the fae, throwing Mercy right in the middle of the havoc. We get plenty of glimpses of the pack, learning more about each of them and even some of their backstory. While in the earlier books Mercy seemed like an outsider before, she is now fully cemented as part of the group. You can sense that her connection with the others is as strong as ever and this familial love adds much depth to the story. Mercy becomes stronger as a character, the pack shows evolution and growth and the world continues to build across several books.
With so much going on, this book is packed full of non-stop excitement. View all 4 comments. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica. February Re-read Original review: Not only am I comparing that book to everything else I've ever read, but I'm comparing it to the best that this author, this series, has ever given me. So, I'm both more forgiving and more harsh - all at the same time. I'm not sure where that leaves me in the 'how do I rate it' area. Let me just say, first off, that my biggest pet-peeve with this series was completely turned on its head here! I cannot even begin to tell you how ecstatic I am that in the fight that must be fought, Mercy and Adam fought together.
Mercy was integral and needed, not a liability like so many of the Pack have accused her of being. And despite how many times we've seen her kick ass on her own, this was the first time that Adam wasn't knocked out of the fight so early as to have been a non-issue, so that Mercy could shine. I don't want to say too much about what happens in the book, except that there were some unexpected tears over some really unexpected things , some much-needed laughs, and some kick-ass action scenes.
Not to mention the overall movement in the world. There are pack politics - and some much needed movement on some very contentious issues - and there always will be, because Mercy is a part of the Pack. But there's also HUGE events taking place in the larger world, with the fae, and the vampires, and a whole host of others. I love that Patricia Briggs can still surprise me, still make me question what I do and don't know, and still give me a more varied, bigger, and scarier world for Mercy and Adam to inhabit.
I hope that their adventures are nowhere near ending, and I can't wait for the next book in this series. Anna and Charles, or Mercy and Adam And I will say, without trying to spoil some really great moments, I was so, so, SO happy with the resolution on a couple of lingering issues from the previous books. Things that had irritated me were Jan 19, Marta Cox rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mercy Thompson or should that be Hauptman?
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No this coyote shifter who just happens to be married to Adam the local Alpha of the werewolves, just seems to always be in the thick of it. She has stood up to Gods, tackled Vampires, fought Fae assassins and worst of all survived against Adams ex wife! So when a troll shows up surely its business as usual?
Well maybe not as the Grey Lords seem to want to start a wa Mercy Thompson or should that be Hauptman? Well maybe not as the Grey Lords seem to want to start a war and it looks like Mercy and Adam are the only ones to step up! Mercy is so grounded and if you had a problem then that's the sort of person you would always turn to so it's surprising just how much flack she gets from Adams Pack. Followers of this series will know that not everyone is pleased with Adams choice of mate and I am happy to report that this book draws a huge line but obviously you will have to read to discover more.
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