Released on June 30, 2015
When I saw this, of course I had to read it. I enjoy each of the graphic novels that Patricia Briggs and the artists have put together for their ability to delight visually while providing a slightly different nuance to the story. Some of the graphic novels are based on existing novels while others like this one offer up an engaging new story that fits neatly between the novels and short stories of the Mercy Thompson world. In the case of this one, it chronologically falls after Night Broken and around the time of Dead Heat.
The story stars Mercy and Adam which was fantastic as I always want more of them, but in addition, Jesse, Adam’s daughter got her own story thread. The story isn’t very long or very challenging compared to others, but I still had a good time reading it.
On one of their full moon werewolf pack runs, Adam and Mercy come across buried skeletal remains and the bones are from children. They call in the police and join in helping the local law investigate what is looking to be an older atrocity as more and more bodies turn up on abandoned property once owned by a fae.
Meanwhile, Jesse attends the local high school and silently endures mild persecution for being the daughter of a werewolf. She has a few friends and encounters a new one right as her chief torturer steps up to trouble because Kayla’s aunt was one of the bodies identified out at the old Cross farm and she blames Jesse’s dad and by association Jesse. When Kayla disappears, all eyes are on Jesse even that of the police.
Like with many graphic novels, it took me a bit to get my bearings as I distinguished between Mercy’s narrative thought bubbles and the conversation bubbles. I enjoyed following the story that was depicted well with a good choice of color palette and excellent facial expression and action depiction.
As I said, the mystery side of the plot wasn’t that hard. The part I enjoyed was the interaction of Adam and Mercy as a team and married couple as well as their time with Jesse as a family. I found the insight into Jesse’s life at school a nice addition as well as the special scenes with her and Mercy. It was just a nice relaxing interlude story between all the bigger and hard hitting ones though this one wasn’t devoid of danger with a fae on the loose.
All in all, I think Mercy Thompson fans will enjoy this edition to the series particularly those who enjoy graphic novels.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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