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
This series is one of my top 10 favorites, it never disappoints. I'm glad we're back home and dealing with pack business, Adam and even the vampires. Great listen.
Coyote changes rules!
In this book Mercy was my favorite character but Adam was a close second. Bran was the ultimate hero though.
Mercy started from a "ground zero" amount of information to mount a campaign of rescue for her mate and her pack. She showed her usual ingenuity and "take now, apologize later" moxy to get the job done.
Mercy's rescue of Warren's partner with the Moor.
Just an inordinate amount of excitement and frustration as everyone played their parts to rescue the pack and it's alpha. Patricia Briggs showed impact without too much "mush" and lots of courage. Even Ben is shown in a better light.
Put on your shape shifter hat and read this book...it's really very good and excellently read if you listen to it rather than read it.
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 expected more from this book. I didn't feel as engaged with this story as I have with the previous books in the series. Everything seemed to resolve very quickly and predictably.
Over the years, I've become a huge Mercy Thompson fan. This series, by Patricia Briggs, just keeps getting better. Add to story an audiobook format with an outstanding narrator, Lorelei King, and it's a sure winner.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
I have loved the Mercy Thompson series from the beginning and can't decide which I enjoy more - Mercy and Adam or Charles and Anna better. This installment of Mercy's story is fast, heart warming, exciting and sometimes even funny. I enjoy how Mercy is developing and not always in the land of angst as she was at the beginning. People should never underestimate the cunning of the coyote! I can't wait for the next one.
Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day
So after the end of the last book i was really stoked, i thought Mercy was finally coming into her own. getting over some of her past scars, while killing a God/Bugo spirit of Destruction and learning more about her past.
This book felt more like the series took two steps back, especially the ending. Perhaps Briggs was trying to show Adams badassery off a bit but it just came off as Mercy going into full blown damsel in distress( or like Mercy left her brains at the door ). Not only that but, Briggs has left no where for the series or Mercy to go from here. It feels dead in the water, almost like Briggs is bored/Done with the books and only wrote them because her fans expected her to.
This would have been a really good book, if it had been written earlier in the series.
you come to care for you the characters in this world. very well written and the narrator did an excellent job adding more life to every character. Love the inner strength of Mercy. WOW.
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