Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Ace on 8 March 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
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?
A visit with Mercy Thompson usually leaves me satisfied and happy, and Fire Touched is no different. This story had a little bit of everything that makes the series amazing.
There is a lot going on in Fire Touched! There is a troll going amok on a bridge, Baba Yaga shows up saying she might be able to help Mercy, and Adam takes a stand when it comes to the pack – after Mercy takes a stand when it comes to her city and what the fey think will happen in the future. It’s fast-paced, and Mercy has to use her wits as much as her other skills in order to not only survive, but to keep the people she loves safe as well.
I love how Briggs manages to keep everything interesting in the Mercy Thompson series! And how intense the relationship between Adam and Mercy continues to be. The sexy banter between them, as well as the strong feelings they share for each other even after having been together for a while is one reason I enjoy this series so much. I love that Adam can be scared for Mercy, but still manages to let her be strong on her own, to make decisions that are best for the pack, even if she might be in danger. And the show-down with the pack – which was a long time coming – was so well done!
As you may have already surmised, I have nothing but compliments and high praise for Fire Touched. I was completely engrossed with the story, there is a lot of action, new and old characters with an agenda, a bit of new information coming from unlikely sources as well as love, friendship and that strong loyalty that always keeps me coming back for more. The character growth continues to be above par, and it’s such a treat to visit with Mercy and her friends and frenemies, to see how they all interact, and the lengths those who love each other will go to in order to protect each other.
Bran made some very hard decisions, and while I could completely understand his reasons for doing so, I also wanted to kick him for it. And I can’t wait to see what will happen in future books in the series. Fire Touched has its own full story arch while still managing to set up future books as well – it is definitely a feat to manage that without having a book feel like a filler! Briggs managed to do so with brio, though.
If something dire was going to happen, in my experience, it would happen whatever I was doing – and waiting around was singularly useless. So I worked.
Not all packs had the resources that we did. Money was a good thing to have in a werwolf pack. Werewolves had to work to control their wolves and too much stress made it worse. Lack of money was stressful.
He threw his head back and laughed. Adam… Adam tried to downplay it with a military haircut and clothes that were subtly the wrong color – I’d just figured that one out – but he was beautiful. Like magazine-model beautiful. I didn’t always see it anymore, the inside being more interesting than the outer package, but with his eyes sparkling and his dimple flashing…