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This is a great story, loved this book! It's a good continuation of the Mercy with werewolves story and an interesting change to the pack. Rad the others first so you'll be caught up on why things are important :-)
I really enjoyed this book! The only reason I didn't give it more stars is that didn't feel as immediate as previous installations of this series. Likewise, the [SPOILER] that happened near the end seemed as though it should have had more weight for Mercy than it did.
I really enjoy these novels. They hold my interest and I anticipate the end of my day so that I can lose myself in these books. They are imaginative and it does give me an escape from the ordinary. I feel that they are very well written.
You really need to have read the previous books in this series and in the associated Alpha and Omega series to understand all that is going on in this novel. The author has created a complex supernatural world with systems, laws and rules which are all relevant to the story and in this story she is dealing with events after the fae have withdrawn from the world as well as pack dynamics (Bran has to do something very drastic here). It is obvious that this book is only part of the whole story arc which the author is telling in both her series but it is a good and engaging story by itself - not just an urban fantasy with werewolves and the odd vampire but also with elements of Native American and other older mythologies.
Mercy and the pack attempt to protect someone who they see as vulnerable but others do not agree and soon they find themselves isolated and in great danger. The strength of the book is Mercy's willingness to do what is right as well as the strong bond they have between them and the pack. It is good to see a stable relationship at the centre of an urban fantasy book and also to see that although Mercy may appear weak in comparison to the wolves she actually has considerable strength. As the books progress other members of the pack become stronger and more a part of the storyline as well Mercy's friends and acquaintances.
It's an excellent story and the author has really created a world which seems plausible - if, of course, the supernatural really did exist. This is because she is really writing about people (people who can become furry, of course) and about relationships and she never lets the intricacies of the world she has created get in the way of excellent storytelling.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018
I purchased my own copy to read and review for Wicked Reads BYOB January This was such an amazing read - I feel like all the various threads of this series have finally come together in an explosive story full of graphic action and political intrigue. Mercy is more confident than we’ve seen her before. Her various roles and alliances put her at the centre of conflict between the werewolves and the fae as she proves herself a pretty badass leader. I love the way Mercy and Adam’s relationship continues to evolve. She is finally owning her position as Adam’s mate and they feel more like equal partners than they ever have before. At one point in this story, Mercy makes an impassioned speech about power. For me, it was one of those moments when a book escapes genre and becomes social commentary. Mercy’s power has been hard won and I enjoyed watching her expertly navigate politics in a way she couldn’t have managed only a few years earlier. This is one of my all time favourite series. I somehow missed the two most recent books and I love that this one was even better than I’d anticipated.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2020
Things have been quiet in the Tri Cities since the events in the last book but that is about to end. Mercy and Adam receive a phone call. There a Far creature on one of the bridges over the river and it's destroying cars, the bridge and anyone trapped there. In arrival Adam immediately jumps into the fight (Darryl and Ben are already there fighting) as a wolf while Mercy goes to find the police and tell them not to fire at the wolves. She is stunned by what she sees, it's a Troll the size of an elephant and strong enough to rip the bridge apart. The wolves are fighting hard but not getting very far, the troll is just too strong when help comes from an unexpected but very welcome place. So begins Mercy and Adams latest adventure where they find themselves facing off with various factions of the Far community some of whom want peace, while others are determined to start a war.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent entry in this series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 27, 2017
Ninth outing for Mercy and her companions. I really enjoyed this book, it worked for me on all levels. I think its as good as Frost Burned and a little better than Night Broken. It starts with a major fae related incident leading to Mercy and her trusty walking stick declaring the Tri cities as a safety zone under the protection of the pack. Mercy and the pack then find themselves alone fighting Fae politics to protect a child stolen by the Fae centuries earlier. So why did I enjoy it so much? I found the story well paced, there was no temptation to say "get on with it", and at long last Adam tells the pack to stop the carping over Mercy. Not before time, that part of the overall story arc was getting tedious.
This book moves us along well in the Fae/human conflict, the characters grow and are changed by circumstances just like real life. There are some sad moments, we lose a character, Mercy faces rejection and realises that she has Adam to make it ok. Once again the story is about right and wrong and honour.
For anyone who has read the previous books this is a must read, for those that haven't, this is not for you yet. Start at the beginning with Moon Called and read your way forward.
In the 9th instalment of this series, Mercy, Adam and members of the pack dive on board to stop a rampaging troll on the massive cable bridge and get more than they bargained for. A boy named Aiden who looks ten years old, but was trapped in Underhill (or Faery) for centuries. And the fairies want him back. This one, although action packed, also has some great scenes between pack members and Jesse and Aiden, as the various characters in the ongoing arcs interact with each other. There’s lots of magic, blood, battles, humour and warmth. Great stuff
Alles ist gerade richtig entspannt in Mercys Leben, als die Werwölfe unvermutet von der Polizei zu Hilfe gerufen werden: Ein Troll randaliert auf einer Brücke. Mitten im Schlachtengetümmel stolpert Mercy über den zehnjährigen Aiden. Der Junge sieht auf den ersten Blick zwar völlig normal aus, aber die Fae sind ihm knapp auf den Fersen und er hat die mächtige Fähigkeit, Feuer zu kontrollieren. Mercy und Adam nehmen Aiden schließlich unter ihre Fittiche, was sie auf einen direkten Kollisionskurs mit den Fae bringt. Aber: Sind sie tatsächlich bereit für einen Krieg mit den mächtigen Fae? Und werden die anderen Werwölfe hinter ihnen stehen, wenn es hart auf hart kommt?
FIRE TOUCHED ist mittlerweile das neunte Abenteuer mit Mercy Thompson und Patricia Briggs kann wieder begeistern. In FIRE TOUCHED liegt der Fokus stark auf den Fae und der Konflikt, der schon praktisch die ganze Serie über geschwelt hat, kommt nun offen zum Ausbruch. Wir erfahren mehr über die Gray Lords, vor allem über Beauclaire, und auch Zee und Tad sind sehr wichtig für die Handlung. Auch Underhill spielt eine zentrale Rolle und die Beweggründe der Fae, sich in die Reservate zurückzuziehen, werden offen gelegt. Auch innerhalb der Werwölfe kommt es zu einigen Veränderungen und Bran macht eine Ankündigung, die das Schicksal von Adams Werwölfen grundlegend verändert. Die Handlung ist spannend aber insgesamt etwas weniger actionlastig, was mich allerdings überhaupt nicht gestört hat, und sie mündet in einem sehr befriedigenden Finale. Ich bin auf jeden Fall gespannt, wie sich die Dinge im nächsten Buch entwickeln. Über die Figuren in FIRE TOUCHED brauche ich wohl nicht mehr viele Worte verlieren. Mercy, Adam, Warren, Darryl, Jesse, Honey, Ben, Tad und Zee sind mittlerweile wie alte Freunde und liebenswert wie eh und je. Ich glaube, ich habe das schon einmal in einer Rezension zu einem der Vorgängerbände geschrieben, aber ich wiederhole es: Ich liebe es, dass Patricia Briggs in Mercys und Adams Beziehung auf künstliche Dramen und Aufreger verzichtet und einfach eine liebevolle Beziehung auf Augenhöhe beschreibt. Ich liebe außerdem die kleinen Einblicke, die wir in Mercys Alltagsleben und ihre Beziehungen bekommen, von denen es in FIRE TOUCHED einige gibt. Alles in allem hat mich FIRE TOUCHED wieder völlig begeistert. Ich freue mich bereits auf den nächsten Band! Sehr empfehlenswert!
5.0 out of 5 starsWatch out for Bridges and doors!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2016
With tension between the human world and the Fae rising this book rockets straight into the action as Mercy and her mate, Alpha Werewolf Adam are called into help stop of all things a Troll on a bridge! An agreement to look after someone that needs protection see's Mercy and the pack at odds with the supernatural community including their own. There is something wonderful in the way that Patricia Briggs can bring an ensemble cast together, but still allow for the characters individuality and voice...... I paticularly like Ben and Warren! A good story that at finish has hopefully added at least one more permanent character and hopefully more of a fiendishly funny old witch in a recurring role. To make sense of this book you would have to have read at least some of the others.
I have yet to read a less than stellar book by Patricia Briggs- engaging urban fantasy without loads of random sex scenes shoehorned in. Brilliant plot and character development as always and I love how she maintains the interest with Adam and Marcy because of their married status rather than instead of it. That said I do think putting a nearly hardback price on a kindle book is publishers taking the mick (but I guess I'm the fool for paying it)
This was another very good story in the series. Adam the Alpha wolf and his wife Mercy seem to be taking in any one who needs help in the magic community which makes for a very different type of pack, an interesting one though. Looking forward to the next book in the series
Mercy is such a strong character. She don't take no crap from nobody. She protects her family, and her family is constantly getting bigger. And Adam fights with her, for her, and never undermines her. He revels in her and her chaos.
Absolutely brilliant, as usual! I adore all the characters in this world and have read all the Mercy books and spin offs. This latest is fast paced and unputdownable and I stormed through it in a day - my only gripe is how long I'll have to wait to hear from Mercy, Adam, Zee & the pack again!
Patricia Briggs writes entertainingly yet again. I haven't found a book in this series that has been even slightly disappointing. I love the way she combines everyday locations with mystical supernatural beings and she never has to resort to sex scenes to hold the story together.
5.0 out of 5 starsI have so much love for this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2017
Possibly my favourite Mercy book to date. There's a pack meeting near the beginning and let me just say... Oh my goodness. I never really expected that particular hope of mine to come true. It was even better than I imagined.
Perfectly paced and filled with action, Fire Touched is a wonderful addition to a well loved universe.