Author: Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Mercy Thompson #7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Hardcover (352 pgs) e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
What G & U are talking about:
Gikany and Una must start by saying, we love Patricia Briggs. Gikany is responsible for hooking Una on this delightful series. The Mercy Thompson series, as many of you faithful blog followers know, is one of our favorite series, and we reread it at least once a year. Frost Burned is a novel we have been salivating for. Considering the final events of the Alpha and Omega series’ last novel, Fair Game, we were very interested in Mercy’s next appearance.
If you are new to the series – you should just stop here, go out and purchase (or borrow from the library) Moon Called and start from the beginning. For anyone who has not read the series, there are natural spoilers that cannot be avoided – this is the seventh book in the series. We have reviewed Moon Called and we encourage you to read that review if you are interested in the series.
The Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series are intertwined with Frost Burned taking place after the events of Fair Game (Alpha and Omega #3), which occurred after the last Mercy Thompson novel, River Marked. Mercy has healed from the numerous broken bones and other injuries she suffered during that novel. Frost Burned begins with Mercy doing some mother/ stepdaughter bonding with Jesse. While braving the insanity that is that Black Friday, they are involved in a small car accident, which is just the tip of the iceberg. When Mercy tries to call for help from the pack (her poor Rabbit may be a lost cause), no one answers. It is as if the pack has vanished – leaving Mercy and Jesse to fend for themselves.
Something, which Una was expecting since she reads Ms. Brigg’s blog, is a change in the narration of Frost Burned. Since the beginning of the Mercy Thompson series, the narration has been solely from Mercy’s point of view. However, in Frost Burned, Ms. Briggs, was not able to leave it solely to Mercy’s narration without detracting from the storyline. Therefore we are given a few chapters in Adam’s point of view. What an experience to have an Alpha wolf’s perspective. After reading Mercy’s point of view and how she sees the world – it was so fascinating to have such a different perspective. A simple example we can give of this contrast is that Mercy described the skin of Zee’s true form as the color of teak. Adam, on the other hand, thought of it as a warm oak. Not that this is a huge thing, but the subtle differences in opinion and view are what made this so enriching.
To all the fans of the Mercy Thompson who have missed the feel of previous novels, this one is more like previous ones. Although Frost Burned is similar to previous novels, it is very different. Mercy has matured and her attitude has evolved, and these changes are evident in the choices she makes. What we are grateful for is that she is still the same stubborn, mischievous coyote we have come to respect and love. Part of us mourns her maturation as it could herald the end of the series. No one likes to say goodbye to such beloved characters or such a unique and fascinating world. But take comfort, we do know that there is at least one more Mercy Thompson book in the works.
If you haven’t picked up the Mercy Thompson series yet, and you still decided to read this review…. Go get it!! Gikany and Una like to use Ms. Briggs as a benchmark for other books and worlds, in conversations relating to books. She is a standard to us (and to other authors as we have come to find out). For any urban fantasy lover out there, this is a MUST series.
Please do not start with Frost Burned; part of the magic of it is that we have such a connection to the characters and the world. This series is expertly woven and we encourage you to start reading the series from the beginning so you can come to the absolute joy that watching a character evolve overtime brings.
Personal favorite – a must read (A+)
I am giving away one (1) copy of Frost Burned to one (1) lucky commenter. To enter, please leave a comment regarding the Mercy Thompson series (tell us your favorite book, favorite moment, what you want to see next, etc.) and your email address. You do not need to be a google friends connect follower of my blog, but it is always appreciated. Contest is open from March 6, 2013 until Tuesday March 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT. Contest is restricted to US mailing addresses only. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail.
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