Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the number-one New York Times best-selling series.
Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more....
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam's disappearance may be related - and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
©2013 Patricia Briggs (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks
Have to say that I almost didn't listen to this installment, thinking that I was kinda let down with the last book. I did enjoy this book however, as it brought in more of the old characters, Stephan being one of my favorites.
It's a non-stop story of kidnapping, finding bad guys, and dealing with the problem. Brings in group efforts from the werewolves and the vampires.
Was kinda disappointed with all the political views in the story, but seems that's what celebrities do these days, is to speak their peace, and Hollywood is notorious for it. I really doubt Ms. Briggs could foresee just how either political party would react to the real discovery of werewolves. But, it's her book and she can write whatever she fancies.
Love this narrator for the Mercy voice, and glad I didn't bypass the book.
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.)
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.
I love PNR's but will listen to a good thriller, fantasy and Sci-fi any day!
Wow, Frost Burned was captivating, suspenseful, and full of action and it pulled me right into the story! There was no slow start and I could not stop listening, and actually finished the book in one day.
Well done! Another win for the Mercy Thompson series!
Love these books ......Love these books ......Love these books ......Love these books ......Love these books .....Love these books .......Love these books ......Love these books . Well written and Lorelei King does an awesome job of narrating.
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