Mercy Thompson is a rare creature, a Coyote Walker. She is the wife of Adam, the Alpha leader of the local werewolf pack. The entire pack has gone missing while Mercy and her step daughter, Jesse, are out shopping. An injured Ben, a British werewolf with attitude, finds Mercy at her garage and she learns that he is the only one who escaped when supposed government authorities rounded up the pack and subdued them with silver tranquilizers.
Mercy is able to use their mate bond to contact Adam mentally and determine that the pack is alive but weak from silver poisoning. Mercy must keep Jesse save from the kidnappers who would use her as additional blackmail to coerce Adam to do their bidding. She must also keep herself safe and find a way to rescue the pack before Adam has to make a devastating sacrifice.
There are political implications that require careful handling. Mercy calls for help from her fae friends, Zeek and his grandson Tad, to guard Jesse, Gabriel, Mercy’s college-age employee, and Gabriel’s family. Then Mercy calls upon her vampire friend, Stephan, to help rescue Kyle, a prominent attorney who is the lover of one of the kidnapped wolves.
Mercy risks her own well being by ‘changing the rules’ to help Adam and then she faces an ambush attack. Even when the pack is free, Mercy is not out of danger. She is summoned to a special meeting with the Queen Vampire. At first she fears it may be over the Mercedes she borrowed which has suffered from a bleeding werewolf, battle dents and a (supposedly) dead body in the trunk. Soon Mercy learns that the car is a trifling matter compared to the political Vampire war she is pulled into.
I love the strength in Mercy and in her bond with Adam. Coyotes are not as strong as werewolves and not all of the pack accept Mercy. But her position as Alpha mate and her bond with Adam allows her to bring along an Alpha attitude in her own presence. I like the strong pack atmosphere of ‘family’ that is exhibited in these stories. I also like that Mercy has friends among the other paranormal communities. This particular story has some brutal killing but also Mercy’s own special touch of faith and forgiving grace. Ms. Briggs brings a unique and new tale of danger and action to each of the books in this series. They never fail to entertain me.
Audio Notes: I greatly enjoy the narrations of this series by Lorelei King. She distinguishes the voices so you can almost see the different creature personalities– the werewolves, the fae and the vampires. There is an even flow to the reading that keeps it moving well at rare moments of calm as well as the usual emotional times of danger and action.
I highly recommend this series for the warm relationships presented in action packed and entertaining plots. Preferably read/listen to the books in order for the full impact of the character involvements and nuances.
This book was much better than book 6. I was worried the series was going to take a dive. Patricia Briggs did a good job bringing back the action. The reader is great.
Another great story by Patricia Briggs and wonderful performance by Lorelei King. Patricia Briggs not only brings enough surprises to keep you listening (or turning pages) but also allows the characters to grow and stay interesting as well. I finished in 3 days and now I'm wanting more.....but it was too good to space out.
I also love not being forced to listen to the same background material book after book after book, like some series. Occasional background may be necessary for new listeners but its so tedious for the faithful. It's not so bad with a book because you can skim over it but with audio (at least mine) it's difficult to skip the right amount. I also never feel the author is writing under a deadline and just wants to finish the book. The writing is consistent throughout.
Well written and keeps the plot moving. Unlike a lot of books I have read this lets your imagination run along with the characters
Characters have a lot of spirt and just like in real life their are a lot of people you think you know but when push cones to shove you really do not know them
Yes I heard one other book. She is a very good reader and knows how to keep the attention of the listeners
Captivating storytelling, narration!
I love them all. Briggs has characters with great depth, well-developed stories. Always surprising new developments.
Everything! Great pronunciation, clarity and totally captures each character. My favorite reader.
I just finished listening to the latest installment in this series. I'm having serious withdrawal symptoms. Both the story and Lorelei King's storytelling are totally enthralling. Life seems duller without them.
I love this Series!!!!! I wish there were more books available, I hope she is writing more. You won't be disappointed if you like the supernaturals. And Don't miss the other series that she writes that is some what of an off shoot with the Montana relatives. Just starting that one and hope it is as good as this one! Lorelei is the best narrator, very easy to listen to.
Yes, I love this series and continue to love listening to the story. This story was good, but not my favorite in the series. There were some very dramatic moments and in my opinion, not enough Adam:)
I liked learning more about the new bonds between Mercy and Adam
Lorelei is always a great narrator. Keeps me involved
Yes, but it was a sad moment and I don't want to spoil it.
This is a great fantasy series. It has fun characters with a lot of personality and a lot going on. Give it a try!
I love the entire Mercy Thompson series and this latest installment wasn't a let down. Nice plot, good pace and enjoyment that the story was able to involve, to some extent, all the old characters from previous books. If you enjoy the series this one will continue to please.
Just when you start to think a series can't go any farther, a good storyteller can surprise you. I have followed both of Ms. Briggs' series since she first began them. Another great listen. She knows how to keep you following along and then zaps you with a twist in the story you never expected. For those who haven't followed along, she doesn't leave you behind. Important parts of the story get their background explained so you don't get lost.
Yes. You have a fabulous narrator reading this series. If I would have read this to myself I would have heard the narrators voice in my head anyway because I got the audible version of all the prior books.
Her closest friends knew something was wrong right away when she started taking orders.
Her voices are wonderful. I have heard her read the whole story and it just wouldn't be the same with anyone else. I actually look for books based on the work she has done.
Yes, but the whole Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorites. I have listened to all of them more than once.