Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Mercy gets the pack wrapped up in more Fae politics, but with a little luck, the end result will help better the relationships between the fae, the wolves, and the humans.
Publisher’s Description: 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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Invested Ivana says…
The ninth Mercy Thompson book deals, again, with Fae politics and the impact it has on both the humans and the wolves. When the Fae set a rampaging bridge troll loose in the Tri-Cities, Mercy–with the help of her trusty Fae walking stick–publicly place the Cities under the protection of the Columbia Basin Pack, essentially claiming the role of supernatural government for the area. Both the vampires and the Fae test the pack’s resolve as the pack works to decide exactly what this proclamation means.
It apparently involves the ability to grant sanctuary to other supernaturals, because Zee, his son Tad, and an ancient human child with Fae-like abilities, are on the run from the Gray Lords. Mercy and the pack swear to protect them from their pursuers.
Once again, the pack isn’t happy with Mercy. Not only is she a coyote in a werewolf pack; not only has she brought a second non-wolf into the pack as well; but, now she’s pitting the pack against the most powerful Fae and driving away the support of the Marrok. Against Mercy’s wishes, Adam finally steps in as Alpha of the pack and commands members of the pack to show respect for her or leave. Oddly enough, even the contentious members of the pack seem happy with Adam’s declaration. This is one of those times where werewolf psychology really baffles me.
In the end, the “battle” between the pack and the Fae is fought politically rather than physically, and the Tri-Cities is declared neutral territory for all supernatural entities. While neutral territory would be a great benefit to the Fae, wolves, and humans trying to negotiate co-habitation on the planet, I have a feeling the pack will have a hard fight to keep things “neutral;” but that creates a great platform for creating more stories in the Mercy Thompson world.
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