I was able to finish reading this book just in time to post my review as promised, but it really wasn’t that hard because Patricia’s writing style reads smoothly and quickly. As I mentioned in last week’s post (Throwback Thursday), Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite series, and I plan to reread the whole series over the course of 2016. Which is even more imperative because I have forgotten the stories behind some of the newest characters. 😦 Patricia does include enough backstory throughout the first half of this novel that you needn’t have read the previous books to understand this one; however, those stories give a deeper meaning and explanation for why various small actions have large consequences.
Possible spoilers ahead!
We start the book with a battle against a troll on a bridge, but after it’s vanquished Mercy and her werewolf pack discover that Tad and Zee escaped Walla Walla Reservation and they brought a fire touched human child with them that needs protection. I think this is the book we’ve all been wanting after the Fae declared war on humans. We’re starting to see the heart of the issues that the Fae are facing and how the older ones are afraid to compromise to continue into the future.
I greatly enjoyed the mix of politics and action throughout. It was balanced and allowed the reader time to sort out the implications of something before jumping into the next scene. I was starting to lose track of characters though as we were flooded with so many new ones while still retaining most of the older ones. That being said, I’m hoping some of the new ones come back in the next book as I want to know more about them.
My favorite part about the character of Mercy is that she still has flaws and recognizes when she needs help even as she grows and develops. This is what I want from strong female protagonists: the ability to defend yourself and others while acknowledging that one person cannot do everything alone. And once again, Patricia shares a story where Mercy displays all of these things.
I hope she finishes book 10 very very soon 🙂
From the publisher:
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?