Author: Patricia Briggs
Title: Fire Touched
Series: Mercy Thompson 9
Rating: Five Petals
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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?
At this point in the series things are beginning to settle down. The romance has been established, the villains all put into play, and the politics that surrounds the conflict has long ago been explained. Even the magic, which is intricate and very interesting, does not require any further explanation. This is the point in a series when some authors rest on their laurels and let the hard work of the previous books carry the subsequent ones. When that happens, books can become boring and repetitive to the point that I have stopped reading a series I ended up falling out of love with. Luckily, Briggs doesn't fall into that trap.
Mercy knows things aren't over. The politics between the fey, the werewolves, and the rest of the world are in flux and she is caught right in the middle of it. When a troll decides to destroy a bridge, she quickly realizes that there are much more than three players in the game. The fey are fractured into many different groups each with their own nasty agenda. If she and the ones she loves are going to survive, Mercy will need to find a path through the crazy politics and magic.
I thought everything about this book was amazingly crafted. There is a ton of depth and emotion, as well as humor that had me laughing out loud. Nudge. I liked the new magic that Briggs added with the human child and the dynamics he brought to Mercy's home, so nothing felt stagnant at all. I did think the ending was a little too easy, that Mercy was able to figure it all out far simpler than her usual exploits, yet I also finished the book with the feeling that it wasn't actually over yet. There is clearly so much more to come with this series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
I highly recommend this book and the entire series. The magic that was introduced in the book was very interesting and I enjoyed the overall plot a lot. This book gave me the feeling that there was so much more to come in the future, which only makes me exited for the next book even more.
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