Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on August 9, 2011
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Angela Dawe owns this series, the characters, the world, and each individual story. Granted, I am enjoying a re-read of the series from the beginning and discovering how much I have forgotten and how much I better understand about what is going on at the time after progressing through to later books as well as sometimes forming a different opinion from the first read.
Branded by Fire is the sixth book in the closely connected Psy-Changeling series of books and does not work standalone or out of order.
For this year’s readalong, I continue to progress through a series that it has been a bit since I read. I’ve enjoyed refreshing my memory, but also adding a new nuance by experiencing it in audio format for the first time. Most of my opinion was about the change with one exception. In this instance, I found myself not as frustrated with Mercy and more mellow toward the sizzling romance in general because I was equally taken with all the series plot threads about the psy situation, the changelings trying to hold the line, the humans first rising in power, the mystery, and of course the amazing characters and romance.
All of it was fascinating and stood the test of time with this re-listen.
Branded by Fire may be book six of a series, but I think it is solid evidence that the author definitely knows how to mix things up a bit to keep her series fresh and fascinating for her readers. This one tackles the story of two dominant changlings, Mercy from Dark River pack and Riley from Snow Dancer pack. A cat and a wolf, two who won’t submit to the other, a wolf who must protect after all his losses and a cat who won’t give up being a sentinel to be kept safe- yeah, fiery romance for sure. But then there are the psy intrigues and the human’s first groups that have made the world a whole lot interesting.
I’ve liked Mercy since I met her earlier in the series and I definitely have enjoyed Riley’s big brother antics with his little sister and her mating. I knew there would be lots of sizzle. But truthfully, it took me a little while to get behind Mercy in this one. I get that the author was trying to establish her as a dominant ‘take no crap- give in to no man’ type. It’s a delicate thing to have your heroine balance on the edge of being strong female or just a female with a jerk attitude who makes everything about dominance. Mercy led with her chin out and it was only as I settled into the story that her nature stepped back from crossing over that line. Later on when she pushed Riley to open up and when she reacted to his over-protectiveness, I thought she was magnificent.
Mercy and Riley demonstrated good strong growth and I loved seeing what they brought to a romance and working partnership.
There is all sorts of plots and intrigue swirling around the packs and I found the mystery pretty good. There are so many characters and minor story threads that I would like to pursue in future. Looking forward to each new installment in the series.
Library Love #7
Mt. TBR #65
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