Review: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Posted November 1, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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

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

Better bring your A-game and prepare your grave if you strut into the Tri-Cities set on taking over that territory!  Okay, it’s not that simple and good people can die stopping evil, but Mercy and her friends have weathered a lot and yet trouble still keeps coming.

Review

Storm Cursed is the eleventh book in the Mercy Thompson series of closely connected books.

As this just released last year and I completed a review at the time, I decided not to write a full new review- rather, let’s just treat what I have to say as an addendum to that review.

First of all, I was keen to participate in Anne @ Books of My Heart’s series readalong because when I did read this one for the first time last year, I had a struggle placing a couple of characters and one was key to the whole story- Sherwood Post, the werewolf.  The re-read refreshed my memory so I hit this book knowing exactly how Sherwood came to be part of the pack and who Aidan and Lucia were without being distracted for half the book wondering.

Secondly, I saw the foreshadowing that I didn’t notice at all the first time through the earlier books that led to some of the events in Storm Cursed.  Frost’s story, the human/fae troubles, Paul, Elizaveta… so much made more sense to me with this re-read/listen.

I think what really struck me, though, was how all the previous events led up to Mercy having the skills and experience to tackle the troubles she did in this book.  She was up against a lot, but she is as wise as ever when she keeps her husband and others up to the minute with her open communication and also knows when she has to call in help- that she doesn’t have what it takes to go up against a big bad.  I was also struck by her strong moral compass when a past ally and friend goes bad.  She didn’t judge, but she didn’t let it slide, either.

All in all, it has been great relistening to this series and getting a better grasp on it.  Now, I have the most recent release left and I am super excited since I made the decision to hold off on reading/listening so I could get it as a first-time read at the end of this readalong.

Challenges Met

Reading Assignment Fall #7 Professor Mix Up
Audio #89
Library Love #13
Fraterfest #3

About the Book
Storm Cursed by Patricia BriggsSTORM CURSED BY PATRICIA BRIGGS

n this powerful entry in the number-one New York Times best-selling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves….

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shape-shifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who live in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and interact with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming, and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

 

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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Anne - Books of My Heart

I also gave this one 5 hearts for the reasons you mention and more. Excellent review! I am so happy with my choice for this Read-along. I really appreciate your participation and that you are enjoying it. Thank you!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

The readalong was sure inspired from my perspective. I’m glad you picked it, too. 🙂 So much jumped out this time around.

sherry fundin
1 month ago

fabulous review. i love briggs’ work, just need to get caught up with it
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

You have some good ones for when you get the chance to do a catch-up, Sherry. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 month ago

This series always sounds good but I haven’t had the time to start reading it yet. One day I will.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I’m excited for you, Mary. It will be fun to see what you think when you get the chance.

Carole Rae
1 month ago

Some day I’ll catch up 😉

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes! Some good ones to look forward to. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I really loved catching all of those little things when I did a re-read of these books via audio. It is amazing how well Briggs sets the stage for future events during the series. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Some series lose their magic in a re-read/listen, but not these. 🙂

Greg
1 month ago

I need to keep on with this series!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Greg

Oh yes, you have some good book adventures waiting for you, Greg.

Rachel
1 month ago

Sherwood Post is becoming a very interesting character and maybe a more major player in the future, right? I have to say out of all the evil baddies in the past the witches scare me the most. Maybe it’s how the dark ones get their power. Ick! Those poor animals! The little cat broke my heart! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the next one. There’s a surprise for you that I think you’ll like. Something I didn’t want to mention in a previous review post, because I figured out you hadn’t read the next book! I’ll… Read more »

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Rachel

That sweet kitten. It was awful what the witches did to people, but the kitten had me teared up the first time. I think vampires and their sheep are nothing to black magic witches.

Oooh, I can’t wait for that surprise. I’m hoping to listen to Smoke Bitten this week.

Melliane
1 month ago

I always have a great time with this series

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Melliane

Same here! 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 month ago

Ah yet another series that looks good i never did read this one but have enjoyed other books by her.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Another gem for you to enjoy, Debbie. 🙂

Nadene
1 month ago

Oh man I need to start this series. I purchased this installment last month when it was on sale. I need to get the others, hopefully they will go on sale soon.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes! Maybe the first one will go on sale when they do the next release in Spring 2021. 🙂

Jen
Jen
29 days ago

Great review, I enjoyed reading your thoughts. I did a re-listen of this one before the new book came out in the spring and I’m so glad I did. I forgot how amazing it was – a game changer. I think this is one of the best in the series.

Sophia Rose
29 days ago
Reply to  Jen

Thanks, Jen! Yes, there was so much I forgot before my re-listen. Now, I’m ready for the newest. I think you’re right about this one being a game-changer even though I haven’t read Smoke Bitten yet.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Awesome review. I do love this series 🙂

Sophia Rose
29 days ago

Yes, so much love!!!!

Lover of Romance
23 days ago

I love the sound of Mercy in this one, from your perspective. Seeing how well balanced her character has become. You definitely are tempting me to try this series and SOON!!

Sophia Rose
22 days ago

She’s so relatable and uses her head. I love Mercy. Oh good! Hope you get the urge to try the first one soon. 🙂