Release Day Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Posted 8 March, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 3 Comments

Release Day Review: Fire Touched by Patricia BriggsFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Ace on March 8, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352

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?

*happy sigh* I love this series. From the first book, when Mercy was solo and Adam was just the hot, dictatorial neighbor, to book nine, with a married MercAm (AdaCy?) and a progressive werewolf pack, this series has it all. (Um…just a little heads up. There will probably be spoilers in this. Not a lot, nothing huge but some spoilers, especially if you haven’t caught up in this series.)

After doing an in-depth read-a-long of the first book, Moon Called, I really got back into it (like I needed that. It’s one of my go-to reread series. A comfort read.) and read the whole series. Again. Fire Touched is really a fantastic addition to the Mercy Thompson collection. I think my favorite part is how well Mercy and Adam work together. They’re each others’ strength, support and nookie partner (nudge). Sure, there are still some issues to work through (what relationship doesn’t have them, no matter how long they’ve been together?) but this couple has worked long and hard to get to where they are.

And the pack is finally in line! God, there were times in the last couple of books where I just wanted to smack Mary Jo and her little friends upside the head. But *finally* they’re getting it together. They kind of have to, what with Mercy’s grand declaration of territory and protection (eep!). Where is this next step in the evolution of the Pack going to take us? What about those nutty fae?

I’m happy to see the changes within the Columbia Basin pack, especially that dealing with the little womenfolk (tongue-in-cheek, of course). In the beginning of the series, women were considered at the bottom of the pack or the same “level” as their significant others but Adam changed all that. It’s ruffling feathers all over werewolfkind. That, with some of the other pack changes and the territory declaration, and all hell’s fixin’ to break lose in the were-world (I can’t wait to see what’s next!).

Oh, and I didn’t even talk about the fae and the fire touched! I’m laughing at myself because that really was the plot but I was so caught up in the dynamics of Mercy and Adam’s relationship along with all the changes in the were-world that the actual plot seemed almost peripheral. Really, it wasn’t, though! The fire touched and the giant troll on the bridge were catalysts for Mercy’s grand declaration (thanks, Walking Stick!) and helped convince the pack that what they were doing was the right thing to do. Plus, we got Zee and Tad back! Yay!

So, really, what I’m saying in this rambling fashion of mine (this is what happens when you’ve got deadline brain and are raving about a book you loved while also watching Bitten. I keep getting distracted by Clay’s shirtless self. mmm…), is read this series! Granted, most everyone I hang out with online has already boarded the Mercy train but for you who haven’t yet decided to buy a ticket: Buy a ticket. The ride is totally worth it.

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3 Responses to “Release Day Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs”

  1. I not only wanted to smack Mary Jo, I also wanted to smack Adam for not coming to Mercy’s defense! His reasons in this book made complete sense though, so now I forgive him:) Loved this installment so much!!! I wish this was one of those series where books came out every 6 months. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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