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?
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
The latest instalment in the Mercy Thompson series proves to be more of the same, keeping steady with previous novels, and finally bringing to a close a multi-book conflict. I was extremely excited to continue on with the Mercy series, wanting to see what new adventures her life would bring. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs was solid, and managed to finally finish off the fae conflict that had permeated the past few novels. Yet, for some reason, I am a little sad or disappointed. Perhaps, my expectations were too high, or more likely, I see a resemblence to another series I once read and fear where Mercy Thompson will end up.
The opening scene sets up the action for the rest of the novel. A troll set loose from Faerie and the pack’s urgency to defeat it and protect the Tri-City citizens. No one is grievously injured, save the troll who obviously ends up dead. And we finally have the return of Zee, alongside son Tad, and a new stranger, a strange changeling named Aiden who spent countless years locked away in Underhill when all of the fae were locked out. Aiden pleads for asylum, and Mercy grants it, inadvertently granting asylum and protection to all innocents in the Tri-City area.
One of the great scenes in the novel is when Adam finally, FINALLY steps up and puts his pack in order. Ever since Mercy and Adam became a couple, we’ve had to deal with pack members sniping about it, about Mercy. No one has said anything, leaving Mercy to handle it on her own. Just because you can handle it on your own, doesn’t mean you need to, and this time, Adam finally backed Mercy up and made it clear she is his mate. Don’t like it? Leave.
For all of the fun stuff in the book, and the jaunt through Underhill is pretty fun (especially meeting Tessa), there is something that has me disappointed. The conflict with the Fae is finally resolved, somewhat, but now we have so many extra, superfluous characters clogging up the series. This would have been a great time to introduce the Wild Hunt possibly. They could have come on scene and taken care of a few extras. Instead, we gain Aiden, we still have Joel, we’re introduced to Sherwood, Thomas Hao is back along with Margaret, and that’s in addition to all of the pack members we already know about. Joel really needs to go, and as lovely as Aiden is, he does as well. After Adam gave the pack the option of leaving if they can’t handle Mercy as his mate, there could’ve been a great chance to off-load extra characters. It just feels like it’s getting too bogged down with personalities and is starting to remind me of Anita Blake’s harem of men. I read for Mercy.
That said, I am excited to see what the next book in the series will feature as the main conflict. I’m guessing it might be a challenge against Adam’s pack from a rival, or perhaps the vampires will act up again. Would be nice to see Stephan back and that bonding connection he has to Mercy further explored. Being nine books into the series, readers are obviously going to pick up Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs, and while it’s a good conclusion to the latest main conflict, more needs to be done to bring readers back for the next novel.
Quotes & Excerpts
Coyote had told me once that changes were neither good nor bad — but brought with them some of both.
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