Audiobook Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Posted August 22, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 12 Comments

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Audiobook Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched
Narrated by Lorelei King

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Series: Mercy Thompson Series #9
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on March 8, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Moving forward through the Mercy Thompson readalong, I continue to enjoy my re-read via audiobook edition and I’m happy to report that Fire Touched turned out to be an even better outing for me this second time around.


Review

Fire Touched is the ninth of the Mercy Thompson series that must be read in order.  It also works even better when read after the Alpha and Omega parallel series book, Dead Heat, so events mentioned in Fire Touched about Charles, Anna, and Bran will make sense.  I’m also going to recommend that the reader enjoy the short story, ‘Faery Gifts’ from the Shifting Shadows anthology, to get the earlier history of Thomas and Margaret right AFTER this one so the short won’t spoiler certain things for the reader.

Fire Touched opens not long after the events of Night Broken when Mercy and the gang took on a volcano god, saw her shop get leveled by said god, and acquired Joel the new non-werewolf member of the pack.  Now, they encounter a fae troll on the bridge and take in a  ‘changeling’ boy who seeks sanctuary from the fae whom he escaped alongside Zee and Tad.  All this serves to stir up the pack like never before when Mercy levels an ultimatum at the supernatural world with the help of the Walking Stick.  She claims the Tri-cities as Columbia Pack Territory and a sanctuary for any who come to them.  Mercy cringes at the thought of the trouble she has just unleashed on poor Adam who is still worked up over her last near-death escapade.

I found it interesting that my reaction to Fire Touched this newest go-around was slightly different from the first time.  I enjoyed it the first time, but found it subpar to earlier books.  This time around, I found nothing lacking in it and quite a bit of subtlety in the inter-personal relationships to captivate me.

I was more struck by the larger roles of Zee and Tad, the private sorrow Mercy thought she kept to herself of what she thought of as Bran’s abandonment, her unremarked parent’s heart for Aidan even when he was being a real twerp and not so lovable, and her willingness to take what the pack dished out because she loved Adam and was loyal to the pack even when they didn’t reciprocate.

And, seriously, how could I forget the fun Baba Yaga appearances?  This is one of those examples of how superb audio narration can draw out nuances that mere print cannot.  Lorelei King brought forward the comedic overtones of the Baba Yaga character so much more.

But, back to the book.  I loved the scenes that demonstrated the deeper growing connection between Mercy and Adam.  They weather  times they try each other’s nerves and fear of loss is a distinct possibility.  They’re mutual respect, loyalty, and mature ability to work at their relationship is fantastic to see.  It makes all the amazing situations they find themselves in work so much better.

I mentioned Thomas and Margaret earlier.  It was neat to see these newer characters introduced- okay Thomas, a vampire of great power who holds San Francisco alone, was introduced a few books back, but Margaret is new.  Her conversation with Mercy was a hoot.

There is also the introduction to Aidan who has been lost in faery for a few centuries.  He is a child in appearance and some ways, but in others he has experienced things that few could survive and survive with his mind in tact.  Aidan was a character I got vague about in the most recent book so this was a great refresher.

The big conflict involves the fae and Mercy and her friends are up against the powerful Gray Lords themselves.  I loved this closer look into these ruling beings of the fae and their colorful history even while recognizing how formidable they are.  There was one big loss in the book.  Some would look at me funny for feeling my sorrow rise over such a thing, but I can’t help feeling great loss.  I got quite attached since its introduction.

All in all, this was abso-fab and my time with Fire Touched flew by way too quickly.  I’ve arrived back into the newer set of books that I remember better, but I am still as eager as it gets to press forward into those as well.


Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #53
Audio #65
Reading Assignment Summer #16 Prof MixUp
COYER Quarantine #61

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana, to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses and writes full time, much to the delight of her fans.

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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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Berls
3 months ago

I agree with your short story recommendation – reading them this go around really enhanced my enjoyment of the books! I forget what order I read them in, but either way, I got a better sense of the characters.

Interesting that you enjoyed it more your second time around. This was my first time reading this one and I enjoyed it, but I responded similar to your first reaction. So I wonder if a reread will result in the same for me? hmm. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Berls

Thank you, Berls! I thought that short story really explained Thomas and Margaret better just like the Samuel one did for a few books back. Definitely a good antho to have on hand when tackling this series. 🙂

I was a little startled at how my feelings changed. I’m still not sure how much of that was getting it in audio and mood, but I’ll take it. 🙂

Ethan
3 months ago

It sounds like this is a full world to be immersed into. I love that there is so much that has gone into getting you to this point. On another note, isn’s it interesting how our reaction to a book can change over time? I was having a similar conversation with a blogging buddy the other day about rereading classic books that I was forced to read in high school. My rereads have brought about much more enjoyment. On the other hand, rereading an installment in a series can sometimes take away the luster we originally saw simply because it… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Yes, the author carefully crafts her world so that it builds in each book with new meshing to old just fine.
I’ve actually got books I have determined not to re-read at this point because I don’t want my early experience to be diminished. This was a series that I was struggling to remember the middle books so I was glad to go back for them. I love chatting books and that is one of the best perks of the book blogging world. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Fantastic review! I am really enjoying my reading this time around. Thanks for joining in the Read-along.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

It’s been great, Anne. So glad you put it together.

Rachel
3 months ago

I enjoyed this more on re-read, too! Yes the poor walking stick…

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Ah, I was devastated when it happened. I teared up. 🙁

Carole Rae
3 months ago

I must read more! Book 1 was so good

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Definitely! Lots of fabulousness further in. 🙂

Jen
Jen
3 months ago

I absolutely loved this one when I read/listened to it. I think it may still be my favorite of the series… Top 2 for sure. I know I say this with each of your reviews, but I REALLY need to re-listen to this series. *happy sigh*

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Jen

It definitely moved up the ladder closer to the top for me. I am pretty sure it was Lorelei King’s audio work that did the trick. 🙂