Series: Mercy Thompson, #9
Published by Ace on March 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352 pages
Sexual Content: moderate sex scene, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...
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?
FIRE TOUCHED is another brilliantly magical book in the Mercy Thompson series. Typically I'd start to complain by the 9th book in a series that all of this has happened before and (mostly likely) will all happen again. With this series there really is little if no repetition of plot points that I can remember happening. Some new danger is always around the corner for Mercy to battle. This book brings about a big shocker and game changer early on which I am looking forward to seeing the repercussions. It's interesting and fun to see that as the fae become more of a force to reckoned with in this series, the world becomes just a little bit bigger and more complex. Also, with more fae entering Mercy's/our world comes more opportunities for strange new creatures for Mercy and her friends to deal with.
FIRE TOUCHED starts off with a rampant naked troll swinging about a bridge and as is Mercy and the pack's duty, they figure out how to subdue the troll which eventually brings about the big game changer moment. I liked seeing Mercy becoming more comfortable in her role in the pack and seeing everyone work together using their own special set of skills to defeat the troll was pretty cool. After the troll incident we delve straight into just why the troll was there in the first place and unravel a much larger fae plot that has repercussions for everyone in this world. I liked the slow build of this story and the way in which we had small rests in between the action which is more about politics than physical fighting.
Typically I enjoy a book where the action doesn't stop but there is something to be said for some quiet moments where we can really see character development and growth. Mercy and Adam's relationship is stronger than ever and I love the way they are so supportive of each other and really work well together. We get the introduction of a new character, a young boy who is can control fire. His request for sanctuary is what brings about the major plot issue and I kind of liked what was done with him in this book. He's a boy who has essentially been away from others for a while and not surprisingly is rather obnoxious at first. He slowly learns to be a nicer human and eventually is pretty helpful against the fae. He hasn't had too much time to develop as a character but from what we get, I am looking forward to seeing what happens to him in future books.
FIRE TOUCHED doesn't require you to remember too much backstory from the previous book, NIGHT BROKEN, which is good for those of us who have honestly forgotten what transpired in that book. While you could easily pick up FIRE TOUCHED and not be too confused, I'd recommend reading the Mercy Thompson series from the beginning just to really understand the characters and become immersed in this vibrant world.Series Titles: