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.

Fire TouchedTitle:  Fire Touched
Author:  Patricia Briggs
SeriesMercy Thompson Book 09
Publish Date:  March 8, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
SourceNetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionTensions 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?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested 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.

badge4v4In 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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If you like this book…

…you might try the companion series, Alpha and Omega.  You might also like the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn or the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.

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About Invested Ivana

I read fiction for entertainment and to escape my own world; so, I don’t want to read about “real” things. I read non-fiction to learn and be inspired. For the last several years, I’ve read mostly Urban Fantasy and other things supernatural. I also enjoy Historical Fiction. I love books that go deep into characters and worlds. I really want to know the characters, to be able to invest emotionally in them and their challenges. I like learning about cultures, so understanding the world is important to me as well.

Posted on March 29, 2016, in 4-Good, Female, Invested Ivana, Review, Urban Fantasy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m really glad to see things are getting back on track with this series. I can’t wait to see where this fae storyline will lead.

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    • Ya know… I read this, and then went back and listened to it (after my eye went wonky) AFTER a marathon listen of the entire series. I can’t stress enough how much that changes my perception of a book. I wasn’t happy with Frost Burned, Night Broken, or this one when I read them “in isolation.” But when I re-read them with the whole series, they seemed to fit better and made much more sense. I think I just can’t retain enough of the details to be able to put each book in context. My brain must be getting too old! 😉

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