Author: Patricia Briggs
Reviewers: Gikany and Una
What We’re Talking About:
Ms. Briggs has amazed us again! Gikany and Una have waited with baited breath for this latest installment in the Mercy Thompson series. Fire Touched is another dynamic novel in this rich world.
The strife between the Fae and the rest of the world has reached a boiling point. Fire Touched is the pinnacle of this over-arching plot. After defeating a rampaging troll, Mercy proclaims that the Tri-Cities area is under the packs protection. This one heartfelt reaction makes the Tri-Cities the epicenter of the ever-increasing political storm between the humans, Fae, werewolves and other paranormal creatures. Mercy’s proclamation begins a domino effect that will have enormous, and unanticipated, ramifications.
There are some wonderful moments in this novel. Some are positive while others are a little heartbreaking. We loved how Mercy and Adam did not back down or try to wheedle their way out of what has transpired. Their relationship is strong and we can see how they will continue to grow together as a team without either of them losing themselves. In fact, they are one of our favorite literary couples of all time. After numerous novels, the issues of the pack vs. Mercy are resolved. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but WOW! The resolution is so awesome and it was a long time coming – this was one of our favorite moments in the novel.
Another favorite moment was Mercy claiming Aiden – not only offering him sanctuary but also claiming him as theirs to protect. The story surrounding Aiden is heartbreaking. We enjoyed his characterization and the additional depth of mythology he brings with him. Underhill is far more than we had ever realized. Aiden finding sanctuary with the Columbia Basin wolf pack is a catalyst for major changes.
Gikany and Una are always easily immersed into Ms. Briggs’ writing. However, with Fire Touched we were consumed. There is just something about this novel that kept us glued to the pages – more so than usual. We loved the ramifications of the character’s actions and how the world is changing. This novel truly breaks through as one of our favorites of the year! Although we were heartbroken to say goodbye to a much-adored unique character, we hope there is more to come. No matter awaits Mercy and the gang in the next novel, we will certainly be reading, and rereading, it for years to come.
If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, you are missing out on one of the quintessential Urban Fantasy series. It truly is a benchmark series for us and with Fire Touched, Ms. Briggs has reached a new pinnacle. We can’t wait to see what happens next!
Our Rating: A+ Personal Favorite
About the Book:
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
ISBN: # 978-0425256763
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): hardcover (352 pages) e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9)
Reviews in the Series:
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1)
River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #6)
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #7)
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #8)