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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on May 7, 2019
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.
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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