Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs is the latest installment in one of my favorite urban fantasy series, starring a coyote shape-shifter just trying to get by in a world where werewolves and fae are in a bit of a disagreement. If you’ve been loving this series so far, you’ll enjoy getting back onto the trail of some freaky fae, and if you haven’t started yet, get to it! There will be spoilers below for the previous books in this series and the Alpha and Omega series since this is book nine. If you want to start at the beginning, check out Moon Called.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Fire Touched from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #9)
Published by Ace on March 8th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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?
- Whereas the previous book was focused on a new bad guy, we are finally getting back to the issue of the fae in Fire Touched. I personally got chills when the big events at the end of Fair Game changed everything with the fae and it is so exciting to find out a lot more about what is going on. I suspect we are in the final build up to the big series finale at this point.
- There are two major new secondary characters that we get to know in Fire Touched and I really liked both of them though they are very different, but both fire related, haha. At first you might not like this mysterious boy, but it shows just how wonderfully he develops as a character that I went from hating him to loving him :).
- You may or may not have heard of the anthology Shifting Shadows that came out two years ago. It included stories of characters that were completely new to me, but I came to really like them and wondered if we would ever get to see them again. Turns out we do! It was really cool to see those back stories get pulled into the main series, so I do recommend grabbing the anthology if you haven’t already.
- Fire Touched is pretty heavy on the action despite the main quest not really happening until quite late. I didn’t really even notice that the pacing was a bit strange since there were so many small battles to keep my attention and keep me turning the pages. Therefore, I definitely was never bored!
- I think I say this about every book in this series, but wow is Mercy hilarious. The humor of these characters just works for me and I found myself laughing out loud at the gym right from the start and wishing I could hang out with Mercy in real life ;-).
- Like I mentioned briefly already, the plot of Fire Touched ends up being rather unfocused. There is sort of this whole thing with the boy, but there isn’t an actual quest until about the last 10% and I wish that that had happened much sooner and been more of the focus. I still enjoyed myself, but when I look back I can’t really tell you what the plot was this time around.
- I’m not generally a fan of politics and people negotiating and maneuvering around each other instead of just fighting it out, and there was a fair amount of that in Fire Touched. If you find yourself slightly bored with all the talking, just hold on since there is more fighting coming, haha.
Fire Touched is a solid addition to the Mercy Thompson series and long time fans will love the returned focus on those darned fae. I don’t think this was the strongest book technically, but it was still quite enjoyable and had me laughing and rooting for our heroes. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
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