Anticipation was high when I took up this latest Mercy Thompson story. The last one left me wrung out after all the intensity and excitement. I was a little suspicious and surprised with this one because it’s pacing was different and had a more drawn out tension to it. I was cautious because I was waiting for the inevitable to happen the way Mercy ends up in deep troubles even if she didn’t intentionally put her foot along that path.
As can be surmised, this is part of an ongoing series and needs to be read in order. I would also recommend that the reader would really enjoy the Thomas and Margaret storyline of this story better if they have read or pick up after the shorter story ‘Faery Gifts’ which I read as part of the Shifting Shadows anthology.
The story opens with Mercy and the pack attempting to adjust to the changes that their battle with the volcano god wrought on them. Adam is less sanguine about her safety and works not to fuss. Joel tries to adjust to his new status as part of the pack, but not being werewolf. The pack adjusts to the way Mercy’s magic changes things for them and several do not like it. Adam’s ex is still around which makes a few people including Mercy twitchy and Mercy must rebuild her garage after the volcano god decimated it.
But issues with the fae set them off on a new adventure beginning with a troll eating cars on a bridge and a fire touched human boy who was lost Underhill seeking asylum after Mercy with the aid of the Walking Stick stuns the world both human and supernatural when she draws a line in the sand. What has she done? Mercy made a momentary decision with lasting repercussions even to her own mating with Adam, but it ripples well beyond and changes everything. She isn’t the mischievous Coyote’s daughter for nothing.
Alright, as I said, this one was different. There is excitement and danger and twists and surprises- this is a Mercy story and could have no less. But that said, it didn’t carry the punch of the last few. Instead of going full-throttle, it took a different tone and pace. The book opened up a new story arc with a few game-changing twists. I like where it’s going.
In the midst of the issues with the fae, there were some satisfying Adam and Mercy time and some good scenes with the pack. And yes, some Christy drama, but nothing that detracts from the story. Mercy also gets a reunion with friends, encounters some new interesting characters, and gets to go toe to toe with the dangerous, dark fae Gray Lords.
In summary, this latest installment hit the spot and left that oh-so familiar aching need for more and knowing I must wait. Fans will love this transitory book and I can’t urge Urban Fantasy lovers on enough to read this series if they haven’t.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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