Author: Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Mercy Thompson Book #9
Genre: Urban FantasyReview Copy Source: NetGalley
Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
With a ton of action, plenty of drama and our favorite coyote shifter, FIRE TOUCHED brings us back to the Mercy Thompson world with a bang.
Mercy continues to grow as a character with each installment. She is loyal, strong, and willing to get her hands dirty. FIRE TOUCHED tests all of those traits and she stuck to her convictions to the end. Mercy and Adam's relationship continues to grow and strengthen in FIRE TOUCHED. I love that Adam knows that Mercy can protect and stick up for herself, but will still do it for her when needed.
Let's talk about a few of the secondary characters that really stuck with me in book nine. Bran really disappointed me in FIRE TOUCHED. I always thought he would be there for Mercy, but he totally let her down. I understood his decision as the Marrok, but their relationship took a bit of a hit and I don't know how his decision will affect the future of Mercy and Adam's pack. There is yet another character introduced in FIRE TOUCHED that becomes part of the pack. Not only is this character NOT a wolf, but the pack offering him protection causes problems with the Fae and they still protect him. I LOVE that about the pack! I wasn't so sure about Aiden when he was first introduced, but by the end of the book, he fit right into the pack and I can't imagine him not being a part of their future.
I really enjoyed the plot in FIRE TOUCHED and didn't want to stop reading. The author continues to surprise and shock me in the best ways. We already know so much about the world, but it still continues to grow. A lot changed in FIRE TOUCHED and the pack will need to unite as one to get through what is to come. I look forward to seeing how they accomplish it.
I gave it 4/5 stars
* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.