I LOVED Fire Touched, and not just for all the action and drama and world building. I loved it most because, in this installment, I could feel how much Adam loves Mercy, and I wanted to stand up and cheer when he faced down the Pack for her. It’s about time, Hauptman!
The Plot: Fae vs. weres. Fae vs. everyone? A couple of things happen pretty quickly in Fire Touched, that all point to trouble. Especially for our Mercy, who just can’t help but take in those who need a helping hand, regardless of the consequences.
In this case, the consequences could be dire indeed, placing the wolves firmly in front of any threats to the humans – and others – in “their” territory. Politics and drama ensue, pitting fae against fae, fae against wolves, fae against humans. And Mercy’s smack dab in the middle of things, as usual. If Adam were human, he’d be going through a shit ton of antacids!
The Characters: I’ve already mentioned Adam, and how much I loved that he stood up for Mercy. Fans already know he loves her, but boy this is shouting-it-from-the-mountaintops love. So yeah, Adam is two thumbs up in my opinion.
And Mercy, well, she continues to amaze me with how incredibly brave she is in the face of adversity. Her moral compass points true north, and she never wavers from the path of right.
Tad and Zee make an appearance, along with a new acquaintance who’s quite entertaining even in his fits of pique. There’s the full complement of wolves, too, and more fae coming out of the woodwork than I needed – some of whom are truly scary.
The Story: Fire Touched starts off with a bang, and moves on such a quick pace that you might find yourself re-reading a few chapters at a time just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. There’s plenty here for fans: relationship growth, character growth, new characters, interesting plot lines, political intrigue, snappy dialogue, and enough combat action to satisfy a fan of blow-em-up movies. Everything that needed to be wrapped up, gets wrapped up nicely. And you know everything that’s left open will be visited in upcoming books.
Now I’m done with Fire Touched, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, I’ve got quite the wait before me, as it’ll probably be a year before book #10 gets here. Write faster, Patricia Briggs! Please?!
drey’s rating: Outstanding!
Have you read Fire Touched? What did you think?
[hr width=”60%”]Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Ace on March 8th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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?
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.