Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. 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 farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, 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 ex 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.
I am such a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite characters in the urban fantasy world. There is just something about the character that completely works for me, she’s both strong and kicks ass while at the same time being a kind and gentle person to the people she cares about.
I was pretty excited about this book, and I totally wish Briggs would write these books faster (although focusing on quality versus quantity is A-ok with me too). In this book we finally get to meet Christy, the ex from Adam’s past, at this point we have heard a lot about her, but without ever being able to paint much of a picture of her. Christy pulls out all the stops to get in between Mercy and Adam, and well really to manipulate everyone around her into feeling sorry for her and giving her everything she could possibly want. I wasn’t sure exactly how Mercy would handle the situation, but I should have had more faith because she handles it in typical Mercy fashion, firm when she needs to be but kind whenever possible.
The big bad in this book was also a really interesting choice. As the series continues, Briggs really starts to expand on Mercy’s background and the Native American mythology that comes along with it. So for me it was really interesting that Briggs is started to delve into more and more mythology, and even better, mythology that not a lot of people are going to be familiar with. I liked that, as with most of the supes in Briggs books, he was able to be in human form and that’s why he was able to accomplish the things he was able to.
Some of the issues I had with this book are mostly Adam related, and some dog related. First, I am a huge dog lover, and in the book there was some let’s just say animal sacrifice, which was icky and hard for me to read. And as for Adam, Adam lets Christy back into the house, which is fine because she is in trouble and is Jessie’s mom, but he basically allows her to take over the house. He also lets Christy get members of his pack to treat Mercy badly. While I understand there is a pack dynamic thing, and Mercy really needed to stand her ground and “prove” that she could to the pack, but even so it was hard to read.
Even with the little things I didn’t like, I thought this was absolutely a solid Mercy Thompson book, I love reading her, and I love reading how she evolves. Mercy isn’t the only character that evolves, the secondary characters in this series all grow and are so delightfully interconnected. There was one moment in the book when Sam shows up, and I realized how much I missed him from the earlier books, but I really like the evolution of the series, and this book fit right in. I would hands down recommend this book to anyone who likes urban fantasy and especially to Patty Briggs lovers.