I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
I felt the previous novel in this series, River Marked, suffered by being outside of the usual Spokane, Washington setting and not including all the intriguing supporting cast, foe and friend. Briggs has recaptured a bit of what made the earlier books great in this volume.
I particularly enjoyed the sections from Adam's point of view. I do think the book could have been improved by a little more involvement/development of the supporting characters (Briggs has so many great characters to develop -- Stephan, Tad, Warren, The Moor, etc.), but these volumes read more like a romance series than paranormal. That complaint aside, we saw Mercy get a lot of action (of the kick butt variety) and that never disappoints. Perhaps Briggs will write some novellas or short stories focusing on some of these characters?
The narrator, King, delivers as usual.
In any case, I highly recommend this book. It is fast-paced and well written, has lots of action and includes many of the characters from previous volumes in the series.
One bit of ominous (in my opinion) foreshadowing to the series is the hint about Mercy/Adam having a baby. When Mercy gets asked the question "When you are you and Dad having a baby", she crashes and kills "the Rabbit", her beloved car. Since "the rabbit died" is a slang phrase to indicate a woman is pregnant (and elsewhere in the book Mercy thinks about her impending closing of her mechanic's shop), there is little doubt we will see a baby in the future. So often, though, book series (and especially T.V. series) experience a "jump the shark" transition when a munchkin is introduced. But, I will give Briggs the "benefit of the doubt" and continue reading, as perhaps she will not let the series become too domestic (although, it amuses me to think of the werewolf pack babysitting and changing diapers.)
I usually have trouble getting invested in the Mercy Thompson stories. It usually takes about a third of the book before I become really invested. No so with this book. It was action packed from the start. It had real stakes and real consequences. We get to see things from Adam's point of view for the first time. Lorelei King does a great job, as always. The only thing keeping me from giving her 5 stars is when their are to characters in a scene late in the book with accents, despite coming from different parts of the world, they have almost the same accent and it can be difficult to tell who is speaking. Beyond that, she does a marvelous job.
The story just keeps getting better and better especially when all the seemingly abstract pieces fall into place. Lorelei King effectively brings this story to life with her varying accents. I honestly wonder if she's really narrating these books on her own.
Once again, another wonderful story; another wonderful performance.
this book is a great addition to the mercy Thompson series.
mercy has to find the pack after they are kidnapped by mercenaries hired by a vampire trying to take over marsillia's seeth. great listen!
As with everyone else who gets to enjoy these books and become a part of Adam's pack. I am hooked on Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson books. Each new book opens up a whole world of wonder and excitement. I look forward to each new book and the ability of this author to find new ways to share her talent with her readers.
Stale, disappointing and weak plot. Mercy spent so much time shifting back and forth from coyote/human; you forget what form she was in. Way too many characters. I had to keep going back to see who was who. Thus, I lost interest. It didn't hold my attention like the former books. I finished it but it was drudgery and this series has been a favorite of mine up to now.
I am re-listening to the Mercy Thompson series after having read it several times over the years. The stories hold up well; the mystery aspects of the plot are more intriguing than I remembered, and the development of the characters is masterfully done. unlike a lot of paranormal /urban fantasy, the plot is primary, not driven by anyone's HEA (happily ever after). there is some sex and a lot of love, but these drive the characters, not the plot, and sometimes bad things happen to mess up a good romance.
Mercy is the person I would like to be. Not the shape changing or the hot husband or even the ability to change her own carburetor. What I love about her is that her belief in doing what is right and good doesn't stop at easy or convenient. At one point, she does something honorable to someone who she knows doesn't deserve it, but does it anyway because of who she is. Mercy is a Christian in the way she lives her life, which is why her lamb necklace works with vampires. She doesn't have to run around with a flaming sword. She is the patron saint of the underdog, and if she is what walkers are typically like, it's no surprise there aren't many left. Like a chihuahua, she leaps into fights she can't possibly win to defend someone even weaker than herself. That is faith. And stupidity, but they often look the same, depending on your perspective.
I can't recommend these books enough. They are exciting, thoughtful and one of the best ways to spend a few hours.