#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews). Now Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
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“These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns.” (SFRevu)
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
This addition was entertaining and full of events.. my favourite part was the inclusion of the e-wife and what a &^%*& she is :) But for some reason it didn't feel as major as previous books. I felt it a bit like a side story rather than a major one (not saying it was, but it felt like it). But even though, it was a good one.
New characters get to be introduced here and am looking forward for their part in future books.
Lorelei King is one of my favourite narrators, and I love her work.
From the way she acts when I take them off, I've a feeling my baby girl thinks I have headphones graphed to my skull.
I love every Mercy Thompson book and this one is no exception. Mercy is in hot water again through no fault of her own; or maybe it's hot lava. This time she's standing between some very scary creatures and the things they want enough to cook her for, a gray lord and his artifact, a lava god and his stalkee and Adams ex-wife and Adam. Thank goodness although Mercy has a gooey center, when it come to protecting what's hers, she's one tough cookie.
Patricia Briggs cares about the people in her books and never forgets who they really are. Even though this is book number 8 they don't do things that are out of character. I like that she didn't overplay the drama between Mercy, Adam and Adam's Ex wife. Some writers may have been tempted to the kind of misunderstandings that would leave the reader wanting to kick the hero in the berries on the heroines behalf, but I like Adam just as much or more now as I did at the beginning of the book. I'm very relieved about that and dying to get my hands on book 9.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
** spoiler alert ** Anyone who had not read Patty Briggs or the Mercy Thompson series - what is wrong with you? Really??? Oh my gosh, I think book eight is some of the best and strongest writing by this author to date. The communication, relationships and plot twists was outstanding. The language is so clean, stunning and simple and sneaks up on you and then you get suckered with a gut punch time and again. BAM! Concept shared. Heh-heh.
The narration was outstanding!! Totally love this author and narrator team.
So Christy, Adam's ex, does something selfish and stupid again and now has a stalker boyfriend and has called on Adam and the pack for assistance. This is where for me the story loses part of a star point is that I understand WHY she needed protection and help and why Adam and the pack would step up, it is really about protecting Jesse's feelings, but after the hell Christy has put Adam and Jesse through, why would the pack still be loyal to Christy? Where is their loyalty and protection of Jesse and Adam's happiness that they have now? Why would they want to go back to that previous hell? I'm not getting that at all.
And really, why doesn't the pack respect Adam's choice of Mercy? Again, I understand we need plot dynamics and tension and that is okay, but the logic doesn't make sense to me when Adam is such a good alpha bottom line. Why don't they support his happiness? Isn't he Alpha after all? The entire pack dynamic for the last couple of books has irritated me by that lack of logic and now it just pissed me off.
And Adam, sorry dude, but you are 70+ years old and should know better than to let your ex have access to your current wife's bedroom/bathroom territory and what is the issue with the PHONE?? As a security guy wouldn't you have belt clip or something you'd carry it with you? Yes, I know we needed some of those plot points, but it did cheese me off when it kept happening!! It seemed like you were doing nothing to protect Mercy's feelings. What is wrong with you?
I loved Mercy's high road and her relationship with Jesse and communication with Adam. I'm so glad in Coyote fashion, Mercy got the final say in several matters. That was outstanding. BooRah!!!
Did anyone catch the nod to Harry Dresden? It absolutely cracked up. The humor train this story was running on had major steam and kept on chugging through the entire length of the story. There were so many good sentences to savor and quote for future reference.
I love the new characters, Gary, Joel and hopefully Zack will stick around. We need to know more about his story and hopefully watch him come into his own and grow. That being said, here is where the story lost another part of the star point, in that there is SO much left unresolved that it felt almost like a cliffy ending for me which made me a little grumpy. Leaving us wanting more and leaving us with the job and no TP is another matter. A tiny bit more resolution would have helped soften the ending.
Those are minor irritations, however. I was thoroughly engaged and devoured the story in one day. Love this series and eagerly looking forward to the next one so we have some RESOLUTION to all these key points left hanging....
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. As the description notes, Adam's ex, Christy, has a stalker that she needs saving from. Things turn more difficult when they find the stalker isn't human and is extremely dangerous. Christy comes in to Adam and Mercy's house and starts stomping all over Mercy in ways that makes it difficult for Mercy to fight back without looking petty. Somehow Christy has this whole "poor me" thing going that makes everyone blame Mercy for any thing wrong whether it's Mercy's fault or not. Things aren't good for Mercy when it comes to the whole Christy situation so she does what she can to help further the investigation quickly to hopefully get her out sooner.
Things in Mercy and Adam's lives are complicated further when a Fae comes to Mercy demanding the walking stick (a Fae artifact that is currently in the hands of Coyote, the native american "god"). Since the Fae is threatening terrible things, Mercy feels it's necessary to find Coyote ASAP to get the walking stick back. There are other things going on as well, as Mercy meets a half-brother she didn't know about, the pack gets a new member and there's trouble when Mercy is targeted by a federal agency that wants to study a captive werewolf and thinks she's a werewolf. Regardless of the multiple issues thrown at them, Mercy and Adam stick together and show just why they're such a good couple. Even with the issue of the "ex" being in the house Mercy never had to fear that Adam might be tempted by Christy. Adam didn't do real well at standing up to Christy but he never let her steal his love and attention from Mercy. The bad guy is a rough one and there's much drama as they prepare to take on the enemy and then get surprised at the last minute. Things don't work out exactly as planned but they do work out and everyone recovers in the aftermath. Adam and Mercy (of course) continue their HEA.
This was a great addition to the series. Adam and Mercy are great together and this book shows why that is. I hated Christy with the heat of a thousand suns...I just hope she doesn't actually move to town...Mercy doesn't deserve to have to deal with Christy that much. I do hope Mercy's brother (Gary) sticks around...he seems pretty cool and I can see good possibilities there. The action plot was frequent and kept things hopping while the personal stuff was hit on multiple fronts but all blended well in to a great story that kept me engaged until the end. Briggs is a great author and I love this series. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This eighth book in the series is excellent. The story-line continues to evolve with fresh new directions. Briggs does an excellent job on not relying on tired, retreaded plots. In this fantasy works, she extends our knowledge of the the interesting characters and universe she has created by showing small incremental changes. Mercy always gets her hands dirty and is a powerful heroine and role model.
Again, this series appeals to those readers who like supernaturals: werewolves, vampires, faye, and of course monsters of various categories. Lorelei King does and excellent job as always.
I see from Briggs' website, the next book is due out in March: Fire Touched. Right now, it is not for pre-sale on Audible. I recommend this series. Keep and eye out!
Of course, this is my one of my top favorite series. Ive read them all and they have been consistently a great read.
Another series by Allyson James, The Storm Walker series is very similar in the strength of the main character .
I also follow Lorelei King as narrator. I am amazed that she can perform Mercy Thompson very convincingly and then she can also perform male voices just as well and can also make several male voices different and distinctive from each other. She helps to make this book even better not that the story itself lacks in anyway.
Yes, I could not put it down until finished.
4/5; 4 stars; A-
This book ties the Alpha and Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series together a bit tighter. Lorelei King is a great narrator and I've enjoyed her performance of all these books.
I enjoyed this latest installment of the Mercy Thompson series.
Things I really liked:
- a new and interesting type of preternatural foe to be dealt with
- the appearance of Alistair Beauclaire, who was a key character in Fair Game
- glimpses of Stefan and an evolving relationship amongst Mercy, Adam, the pack and himself.
- Joel and Lucia and their dog breeding/rescue/rehabilitation
- Coyote and Mercy's growing family ties.
- Tad's moment of glory...that was interesting and a bit surprising.
Things that bothered me:
-Adam's character surprised me in a bad way a couple of times with respect to his ex. (Its hard to believe such a strong character could be manipulated so easily)
- The book felt a little bit unfinished to me. The ending was rather abrupt and Beauclaire's role was too much like a teaser rather than a solid plot thread.
I am looking forward to continued developments in this world and to seeing where Briggs is going with respect to the Fae, The Marrock, and even the evil Marsilia....if ever a vampire needed killing she's a candidate!
Patricia Briggs does it again. Great characters, story and plot. Really great dialogue and I love the interchange between Adam and Mercy. The love shines through.
Lorelei King does a wonderful job as usual.
enough of a different storyline to be compelling enough I could hardly put it down. Love the struggle with the 'ex', and the slow win of respect for Mercy by certain pack members.
looking forward for more involvement (hopefully) of Gary Laughingdog!
I loved it because Mercy is like a real person I know, which I know a lot of people can't believe someone can be that forgiving and understanding, but they exist. The story is great in how Mercy displays her love and concern for her friends and family. This display shows how it affects those around her, just look at Coyote.
As for the dislike, the Christy character is a lot like other people I know, which is very sad.
The relationship between Adam and Mercy is good, but I wish there was more of Adam's take on what is going on. But the books are titled Mercy Thompson for a reason so all we are going to get is Mercy's view on things.
Give Ms. Briggs books of Mercy a chance, but if you don't like vindictive, spiteful, and self asorbed people then you won't like Adam's ex-wife or most of the pack towards Mercy. If you can't stomach someone who is forgiving and understanding, then you won't like Mercy either. I think there should be more people like Mercy, but there are more people like Christy and the pack instead.
"Great story, terrible performance"
Replace the narrator and the whole experience might be instantly better.
It was the mispronunciations that made it unbearable in the end, along with her failure to understand the required emphasis in a sentence and finally compounded by my disagreeing strongly with her representation of the first-person narrator.
The Mercy series has always thrived with supernatural elements grounded engagingly in fact, mixed with romance and spiced with the charm of the relationships between the characters. Add a practical, realistic heroine and you've got a winner.
Unfortunately, the grating mispronunciations wreck the groundings of fact beneath the supernatural element (try listening to Tenerife pronounced 'Tena-Reef-EY' 7 times in a couple of minutes), whilst the narrator's total failure to understand the jokes means that most of them fall flat (until you think about them later, and realize what was actually being said).
For her representation of Mercy, I can imagine this may be my personal preference, but I find it hard to believe in the usually practical and earthy Mercy Thompson when her voice is portrayed as petty and wheedling.
Thus robbed of three elements which make the Mercy Thompson series so strong, I found myself listening in order 'to finish' rather than enjoying it by about the halfway point.... and have now given up. I'll be finishing the paperback instead.
The actual story is pretty engaging. Whilst Mercy is far from 'at her best' in this novel, her flaws still make her delightfully real as a character. Not my favorite MT novel so far, but worth the read.
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