Review: Fire Touched – Patricia Briggs

Posted 17 May, 2016 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 21 Comments

Review: Fire Touched – Patricia BriggsFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Ace on 8 March 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 342
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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…

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About Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Lexxie is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. She’s an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

21 responses to “Review: Fire Touched – Patricia Briggs

  1. Glad to see you enjoyed this one! I liked it a lot better than the previous book in the series. I’m excited to read the next Alpha and Omega book because I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of what Bran is dealing with on his side.

  2. I feel the same way. This series just stays strong and intriguing whether it’s a troll, pack politics, Adam and Mercy or stuff with other characters. Can’t wait for the next one. πŸ™‚

    Nice review and quotes, Lexxie!

  3. I loved this story too. I think this might be my favorite book in the series (hard to say without revisiting all of them again), but I know I loved it a lot too. I love the mix of action, sexiness, and humor (Mercy with the multilevel marketer was hilarious).

  4. Omigoodness, Lexxie! You have me dying to continue on in this series having recently finished #7. Briggs always seems to do such a phenomenal job of keeping the action strong while making characters and relationships stronger. And I too love the dynamics between Mercy and Adam. I can’t imagine how hard it is for him to allow Mercy to be Mercy but he does it while standing by her side. And Bran is in this one?!?
    I hope you’re having a great week, wifey! I miss you soooo much!! **BIG HUGS**

    • Briggs definitely keeps the action strong while also making the characters grow and evolve, both as individuals and as a pack. I love, love, love Mercy and Adam, especially because, as you said, it’s really hard for him to let Mercy be Mercy.
      I am having a great, but kind of jet-laggy week, wifey <3 I miss you lots, too! *BIG HUGS* <3

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    I’ve only read the first 2, but when I get the time I’m gonna binge read a couple more. I loved the second book more than book one, so I’m hoping it gets even better.

  6. It sounds like there really was a lot happening in this novel but that it was always exciting and managed to get your attention hooked from beginning to end. I really can’t wait to read one of these books for myself at some point!

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