Release Day Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson #9
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?
I absolutely love this series. I start counting the days until the next release as soon as I finish the latest installment as I could read endless books in this world. There's just something about Mercy and her world that is so entertaining, and yet comforting that keeps me craving more. Each book makes me feel like coming home, and in fact this series is one of my favorites to listen to on audiobook as a re-read. So before I even get started fully into this review, if you haven't read this series, stop right here, run and start a binge read, as once you start you won't be able to stop.
It amazes me how the stakes continually get higher and yet different in each new installment. Some times when books try and outdo the previous installment, the constant one-upmanship only leads to unbelievable and unrealistic states. And yet, Patricia Briggs seamlessly writes each new obstacle and challenge where they are all unique, more dangerous, and yet in no way outlandish. She stays well within the rules she has set in her world and I truly admire her for that. There's no shortcuts here. This time around the threat brewing is an all out war between the fae and the werewolves, and the humans as a side result. Mercy takes some rather both actions as she is wont to do, and Adam ever the amazingly supportive hero backs her up soundly. In fact his actions throughout this book were incredible to put it mildly. Fans of the series will be delighted at the new road and choices the two of them have made in this round, and the new pack dynamics that result as a fact. All I can say is that it's about time.
One of the other great things about this series is that it weaves in its sister series, the Alpha and Omega as well, tying them together perfectly. There was one large character from that series that made a pretty terrible decision and actions towards Mercy. And while I understand them, they left me reeling alongside her. There's a lot of long reaching consequences from those choices, and I can't wait to see how that turns out in the next book in either series, whichever comes first.
Yet another brilliant installment in the always fantastic Mercy Thompson series, FIRE TOUCHED is one you'll want you'll want to get your hands on as soon as possible. Make sure to set aside a nice long block to read as once you start, you simply won't be able to put it down.