Review: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 19, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 36 Comments

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Review: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Storm Cursed
Narrated by Lorelei King

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Series: Mercy Thompson #11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on May 7, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Witches, Fae, and Zombies, oh my!  Mercy and her friends are confronted by caldron roiling with trouble and I was riveted from cover to cover to discover how they were going to handle this latest dangerous problem.

Review

Storm Cursed is the eleventh book in the fabulous Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series where all things that go bump in the night are part of a marvelous series-long adventure that must be taken in order.

It’s been some months since Mercy returned from her fateful adventure to Europe and the confrontation with the big bad European vampires and more.  Life is just getting back to normal for Adam’s pack where a pirate game and the occasional outing to police the new territory Mercy claimed as a supernatural neutral haven is the excitement of the day.  But, then a murdering goblin, zombie miniature goats, and dark magic rises to remind Mercy that it might have been better to keep her mouth shut back on that bridge when she claimed the Tri-Cities because things are starting to get real.  The US government want to parley with the Fae Gray Lords on this neutral ground and there are plenty who don’t want this meeting to happen.  It’s a sad day when corralling zombies is the easy part.

There was an opening action scene before things start getting going slowly and then the avalanche of danger picks up the pace to slide faster and and faster.  I love this series as a whole through and through.  The world, the characters, the twisting supernatural action.  And, then there is the fact that no matter how wonderful the Mercy Thompson world already is; a new element shines forth or a new layer is peeled back to reveal that all is not as it seemed.  In this case, the spotlight was on black magic, zombies, and the witches along with how their culture fits in with the other races.

The ongoing plot thread of the humans adjusting to the knowledge that they are not the apex predator on the planet as more and more about the hidden world of the other races comes out is furthered a bit more as the US government works to help keep people safe with policy rather than war.  Adam, Mercy and the Wolves are right in the middle of the human-fae relations.

Though this was a witch-related book meaning that Elizaveta was a big part, Zee, Tad, Stefan, Marsilia, Wulfe, Uncle Mike, Coyote, and more had their moments to shine.

I confess that my memory was wrecking havoc on my enjoyment and I wish I had done a re-read to remind me of where some things were at and who some of the characters were (I totally drew a blank on Sherwood, the new wolf in their pack and Lucia).  I eventually remembered, but it was a good reminder of just how much the series installments tie together.  The few intriguing threads left dangling including some new reveals about Mercy and others left me just as thrilled as ever to pounce on the next future installment.

The final scene was breathtaking and amazing as they usually are.  I doubt even a home invasion would have motivated me to put down the book at that point.

Lorelei King is a powerhouse narrator for me.  I’ve listened to her narrate two of my favorite series including this one and other books.  In my mind, she is the voice of Mercy and all who people the books.  She’s caught the author’s voice and the tone of the novels so that I barely notice a voice presence and my imagination fires with the story and it’s world.  She has a nice, husky low voice that works well with kick butt characters and action scenes.

All in all, my hunger was barely sated for more and more of Mercy Thompson and all who are in her world.  Mercy is a heroine who is smart, believable and gets tough when she’s beaten down.  She has a sense of humor and common sense.  And, a female mechanic along with being a coyote shifter in a werewolf pack.  Urban Fantasy fans cannot go wrong by picking up this series.

My thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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One of these days I’ll read her books.

Sophia Rose
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You’ve got a treat coming. 🙂 I think you’ll enjoy how she does her vampires.

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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Love this series. I still need to read this one. Thank’s for sharing. ^_^

Sophia Rose
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Sure thing, Angela! I’m a big fan, too. I know you’ll have a good time with it.

Carole rae
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B just read this too! This series seems to be still going strong!!!

Sophia Rose
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Yes! It feels as tight and exciting as if it were the first. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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Lorelei King IS Mercy in my mind, too! I love her performance! I listen to this series, even when I get an e-ARC I end up re-reading by audio. My husband reads the series too so lately we’ve been “reading” the books by audio on long drives. Glad to hear you loved this one, too, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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That is neat that you are able to do a couple listen with this series. It really is a great one and only better with Lorelei. 🙂

Greg
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This series seems to be humming right along! It’s nice that she’s keeping it on a high note. I’ve only read the first book but liked it, and the vampires had me intrigued. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Oh man, I think it’s neat that you have so many wonderful series moments to look forward to. 🙂

Love her vampires!

Melliane
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Oh yes Mercy! I also had a good time with this one!

Sophia Rose
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Woohoo! Glad we’re fellow fan girls, Melliane!

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Zombie miniature goats? Now that’s not something I’ve ever encountered before!

Sophia Rose
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Haha, yeah, I got a kick out of that one, Stephanie. 🙂

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
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I loved this one as well. I wasn’t crazy about the European adventure but this one totally made made up for it. I love Wulfe. He is so dangerous, but yet so comical! Elizabeta really disappointed me and I hated seeing Adam’s reaction to the revelation about her. Nice review, thanks!

Sophia Rose
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Wulfe is something else. He is off the hook. 🙂
Yeah, that was sad about Elizabeta.

Angie Elle
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I wish I had jumped on this series a long time ago. Every time I see reviews for this, they get better and better.

Great review, Sophia.

Sophia Rose
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This was one of the series that I spotted at the first book’s release in one of my old Border’s forays. It was my first intro to urban fantasy. I thought it all must be this good. LOL

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Fantastic review. Briggs always hooks me from the first pages. I loved this one, well honestly I love them all, but I am glad we moved past the romance in the series arc.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks! I think these are so strong and don’t need to prop up on the romance either. They’re just that good. 🙂

Karen
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11 books and still going strong! I need to catch up one of these days.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, hard to believe that we’re eleven books in- more if you count the Charles and Anna books. 🙂

Jen
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Great review, Sophia! I absolutely enjoyed this one – more than the last couple. LK is such a phenomenal narrator – giving not only Mercy the perfect voice, but making the story sound like a cast of dozens. And I love the humor woven into this one – the whole discussion on zombie miniature goats was hilarious.

Sophia Rose
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Totally agree, Jen! Lorelei nails the voices.
Ha! Those goats and the jokes are just the right amount of humor to blend in with the other elements.

Sharonda
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OMG, I need to get my hands on the this book like now…lols. I love this series 😉
Great review Sophia

Sophia Rose
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No argument here, lady! This was an entertaining one. 🙂

Carole rae
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I swear everyone loves these book and I haven’t tried ’em!

Sophia Rose
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I’ve encountered one person who was so-so on them, but yeah, most people are big-time fans after they start reading/listening. Hope you like them if you get the chance, Carole!

Debbie Haupt
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This is so on my list. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
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Haha! I have a list just like it, I think. Soooo long, too. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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This sounds like such a fabulous story! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, and the whole series. I can see that it’s important to read the books in order. It’s always so frustrating when memory fails us, because we need to be able to tie books in a series together. I love that the final scene was so spectacular and left you highly anticipating the next installment! Wonderful Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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This is definitely one of those series that builds on the beginning. It’s one of the best in UF. Hope you get the chance, Lindy! That is if you like UF. 🙂

Liz @ Bent Bookworm
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I’ve got the first in this series checked out from my library! I’ve had several recommendations for it from close friends, so I’m going to give it a go. Hoping I’ve found another series that is continuing on, AND already has a bunch to read!

Sophia Rose
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Good plan, Liz! Hopefully, you’ll love it. If you get into them, there is also the Charles & Anna series that begins around the fourth book and slips in between different Mercy Thompson releases.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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This is our series next year for a Read-along and there will be a new Mercy books. The last one before this was almost 2 years ago since she did Burn Bright in the Alpha & Omega world last year. But I haven’t every re-read the series and I think it’s time for me to do it in 2020.

Wonderful review. I thought this book was really quite amazing. I loved seeing old friends like Zee and Tad, and learning new things.

Sophia Rose
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I might be joining you because I really felt like I’d forgotten some important stuff. 🙂