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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Review: Fire Touched (A Mercy Thompson Novel #9 ) by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9)
by Patricia Briggs

March 8th 2016 by Ace
Hardcover, 352 pages
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?

Most people have a go to comfort food. Book lovers also have comfort books/authors. These are books that no matter what, they will deliver exactly what we were looking for. I have a handful of authors that fall into this category and Briggs' Mercy Thompson series is near the top. I know I will get a well told and well written story about characters I know like old friends as well as opportunities to meet some new ones.

Fire Touched has Mercy and Adam thrown into Fae politics and their city set to become ground zero for a Fae vs human war. And it all seems to balance on the fate of a 10 year old boy, Aiden. I adored his character and hope he becomes a regular member of Adam's pack. They seem to pick up new members with each book. I love Brigg's take on the Fae and was glad to see more of their world brought into the series. We get to find out more about Underhill and why the Fae were cut off from her. And my Bea Fae, Beauclaire makes an appearance, along with Baba Yaga. One of the most consistent things about this series is Adam and Mercy's relationship. It is rock solid and he is one of the best examples of how an alpha male character should act. His protectiveness and loyalty to Mercy and his pack make him sexy as hell.

There has been a big change in how the pack operates now and it will have long lasting effects. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, and what new supernatural creature will show up this time.

5 "Nudge" Sheep




SharonS

About the Author:
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Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.

In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book. Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!

Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

9 comments:

  1. I love Patricia Briggs and Mercy! Looks like I have some catching up to do though. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I jumped in late in the series. I still have to read some of the first ones!

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  2. I completely agree about the comfort "food." These books are some of my only auto buy series.

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    1. And isn't great when you find a new one :)

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  3. I have a selection of comfort authors too -- Briggs is definitely one of them. Thanks for the review, I can hardly wait to read this one. :)

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  4. I am SO glad you wrote this review. I am always a little worried when a series has been around a long time that it will fall short. I LOVE this series so much for all the same reasons you mentioned. I always feel like I want just a bit more of Adam and Mercy when I finish the current book even if other things have been resolved. I love their relationship.

    Comfort reads! How true, and Patricia Briggs is one for me too.

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    1. She has managed to keep this series fresh. I don't know how much further she can take it, but there is a lot of mythology out there to draw from and by adding new members to the pack that dynamic changes too.

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  5. Woohoo! I enjoyed it too :D I'm with you in hoping for more from Aiden in future books :D

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