Author: Patricia Briggs
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368 (hardcover)
Selected By: Lady Esbe
Lady Esbe’s Score:
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it.
Lady Esbe’s Review
Well as I have said time and again, I love Mercy Thompson. Patricia Briggs continues to bring us new and interesting ways for Mercy to get herself into trouble. Granted, Mercy doesn’t have to do very much to get into trouble other than be a Coyote shifter who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time at every turn. This isn’t my favorite of the series, but it is a pretty good showing.
In this particular novel, I found that my solid characters were mostly solid, being Adam. I was disappointed by the behavior of Mercy at a crucial scene. While I love that she is empathetic and has a big heart, the time to draw on these things is not in a major battle when most of your peers are fighting for their lives. I can honestly say, this is the first time I’ve read something about Mercy and thought “freaking Rachel Morgan”. Anyone who has read my reviews knows, I truly despise Rachel Morgan’s character, but loved all of the supporting characters around her. One of my favorite things about Mercy is that she is strong, strong willed and understands her limitations. She doesn’t go into a situation super cocky and thinking she’s such the badass like Rachel. So, it floored me when she stood there crying. I mean, I get it, she could feel the gravity of the situation and the fate of some of the zombies she and her cohorts were combating.
In a previous novel we are introduced to a werewolf by the name of Sherwood Post. He has amnesia and is missing a leg that hasn’t regenerated despite him being a werewolf. We get a bit more of his history and find some of his true power in this novel. His character alone is worth the read, but when we bring his wolf to the fore, it was game on for me. He’s clearly an ancient wolf, but his true origins are not yet revealed to us. When dealing with dark magic Sherwood is a major secret weapon to the good of the pack and the world in general.
We have some old enemies that must be relied upon as allies show up in this novel, in the form of vampire Wolf. We also have the reemergence of some of our favorite fae; Zee, Tad and Uncle Mike. Newer friends, such as Larry the goblin king, are needed to defeat the new dark arts witches that are attempting to encroach on the area. These big baddies are probably some of the worst that Mercy and company has had to take on and that, indeed, made for a heart pounding story. To my discontent, there was also the transition of a former ally to enemy that kinda was a disappointment, as I had an uneasy like of this character previously.
But for the one lapse, this was actually a pretty good and quick read. We get a little more development of Coyote’s influence on Mercy, the pack dynamics keeps evolving and Briggs finds new and exciting ways to put the pack and Mercy into peril and how they fight their way out.
The development of the new arch nemesis by way of a senator shall prove interesting as he discovers he is not what he thinks he is in future novels. Looking forward to the next installment.
The narration was good. It was a solid performance/reading.
Lady Esbe listened to the Audible edition of this selection, narrated by Lorelei King.