Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (@Mercys_Garage, @AceRocBooks)

Posted March 3, 2016 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 10 Comments

Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (@Mercys_Garage, @AceRocBooks)
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by ACE
Published on: March 8, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?

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FIRE TOUCHED started off with an impressive fight between some of Adam’s pack members, Mercy and a troll on a bridge, and the stakes only got higher from there. There’s a very real possibility that an all-out war between the fae and the werewolves might be looming on the horizon, and the outcome rests on this book’s shoulders. Patricia Briggs once again worked her creative mojo by writing a brilliant plot-driven story chock-full of remarkable characters and enough action to tide you over until the next installment.

Hauptman’s pack becomes more diverse with every new volume from a coyote, to a tibicena, to Aidan—the catalyst of this title. I’ve enjoyed watching the inner dynamics evolve throughout this series, and this novel added yet another layer to the Tri-Cities’ furry family. When you put a volcano demon and a fire touched human in the same vicinity things are bound to get interesting, then add a trip to Underhill along with the usual suspects, and you might as well buckle down because you won’t be leaving your sofa for a good long while!

I love how the MERCY THOMPSON and ALPHA & OMEGA universes continuously intersect however, you can still easily appreciate one without the other. Speaking of which, I was actually kind of disappointed with Bran’s choices in this book, especially how they affected the heroine even though ultimately the reasoning made sense for the weres as a whole. I suspect that the consequences of the Marrok’s ruling will extend well past this installment, and could potentially open up a wealth of opportunities for Adam and co.

A couple of the secondaries that have been MIA are back on the map which made me happy, and to my relief, the Walking Stick finally stops being an unpredictable wild card—that thing was seriously starting to annoy me. Jesse is really beginning to distinguish herself as a character, and I’m liking Joel a lot too. Hauptman reaffirmed why he’s been on my book boyfriend list for four years and counting, and Mercy was her awesome self, ever changing, and yet still comfortable in her own skin.

FIRE TOUCHED is not to be missed!

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10 responses to “Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (@Mercys_Garage, @AceRocBooks)

  1. I can’t wait to read Fire Touched! I loved your review – particularly that last line about Mercy constantly changing but being comfortable in her own skin. Maybe that’s why I love her so much. I’m happy you enjoyed this installment, Carmel. It sounds like an action-packed read. And Bran! (even if you didn’t like his decision 😉 )