Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs

Posted June 17, 2024 by Jen in Listen Up!, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , , , ,

Audiobook review: Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs

Audiobook cover of Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs

Mercy was changed by the Soul Taker; it damaged her magic and soul, and even after Z destroyed the artifact, she is not healed. This is a central and important piece to the plot of Winter Lost, which finds Mercy and Adam heading through the winter storm-of-the-century into the mountains of Montana. While their initial reasons for heading there are to find help for Mercy’s brother Gary, the pair finds themselves in the midst of a magical battle to save the world. 

The Mercy Thompson series is one of my absolute favorites, especially when read by Lorelei King. We’ve witnessed Mercy survive and conquer a number of near-death situations while doing what is best and right, and with each battle she’s gained wisdom and her love for her inner circle has grown. I love watching her overcome prejudice from the pack and showing that someone small can be mighty. In Winter Lost, her bond with Adam is rock solid, and their love for each other fills my heart. I enjoyed watching them work together to defeat their enemy, but also when one allows the other independence because they know when to let go.

The story at the heart of Winter Lost is one based in Norse mythology, something new for Briggs. I really enjoyed this departure from the normal fae and vampire-based problems. The stakes are extremely high, as Mercy and Adam must solve a mystery and fix a problem within a couple of days in order to prevent Ragnarök. And while the focus of the story is Mercy and Adam’s adventure, Briggs tosses in a number of interludes from a variety of players to support Mercy’s adventure and share with readers what is happening with the pack while they are away. We witness a strong and capable pack that serves to cement the hierarchy and status of the members. I really enjoyed this change to her storytelling. 

Narration: Winter Lost is primarily shared via the first person POV of Mercy. King nails everything about Mercy from her confidence to her uncertainty; from her love for Adam to her caution of those outside her inner circle. She is young yet wise, all which comes through in King’s performance. But it’s not just Mercy, King alters her voice effectively to convey a large cast of characters, each with his or her own voice, accent, emotional responses, and inflections. In Winter Lost, Briggs adds chapters from the third person POV of Adam, as well as a number of third person POV interludes from various characters. King continues with the same narrator voice, altering dialogue when necessary. I cannot sing enough praise for King’s narration of the Mercy Thompson series. 

Even though Winter Lost is a somewhat standalone adventure, the recent over-arching plot involving Bonarata carries a strong presence throughout the book. He is determined more than ever to destroy Mercy’s world and take her for himself. It is dark and ominous, and a reckoning is coming soon. 

My Ratings
Story: A
Narration: A+

About the Book:

In the supernatural realms, there are creatures who belong to winter. I am not one of them. But like the coyote I can become at will, I am adaptable.

My name is Mercy Thompson Hauptman, and my mate, Adam, is the werewolf who leads the Columbia Basin Pack, the pack charged with keeping the people who live and work in the Tri-Cities of Washington State safe. It’s a hard job, and it doesn’t leave much room for side quests. Which is why when I needed to travel to Montana to help my brother, I intended to go by myself.

But I’m not alone anymore.

Together, Adam and I find ourselves trapped with strangers in a lodge in the heart of the wilderness, in the teeth of a storm of legendary power, only to discover my brother’s issues are a tiny part of a problem much bigger than we could have imagined. Arcane and ancient magics are at work that could, unless we are very careful, bring about the end of the world. . . .

Author: Patricia Briggs
 Lorelie King
Mercy Thompson #14; Mercy Universe #20
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Release Date: June 18, 2024
Length: 11 hours; 15 mins
Source: Penguin Random House Audio
Audio Speed: 1.3x

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) – Audiobook Review
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #9) – Audiobook Review
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #10) – Audiobook Review
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #11) – Audiobook Review
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson #12) – Audiobook Review
Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #13 – Audiobook Review
Shifting Shadows: A World of Mercy Thompson Anthology – Audiobook Review
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #0.5) – Audiobook Review
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #1) – Audiobook Review
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #2) – Audiobook Review
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #3) – Audiobook Review
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #4) – Audiobook Review
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #5)Audiobook Review
Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #6) – Audiobook Review

Mercy Universe Reading Order

Purchase info:
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