Release Day Group Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

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It’s probably no secret that the girls at Badass Book Reviews are enormous fans of Patricia Briggs Mercedes Thompson series.  We’ve done two interviews with Patricia Briggs, because we love her world so much.  It’s one that we await eagerly, and when we’re notified that review copies are going out we jump all over it.  Book 9, Fire Touched, was no different.

Fire TouchedFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson #9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Ace Books
 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

 

Our Review

Wendy: I actually really enjoyed this installment.  It wasn’t my favorite, but I thought it was solid.

Christal: I enjoyed this one as well, but I didn’t feel the same excitement by it that I usually do a Mercy Thompson book.  Like you said Wendy, it was a solid read but not a favorite.

Wendy: Through most of the book I was engaged.  Even reading through to the end, I never lost the drive to keep picking it up.  I did feel, in the end, that Fire Touched was a ‘bridge’ book.  Times are changing in their world, and kind of like when Beauclaire made the declaration that the fae would no longer live in peace, we knew it would have lasting effects on both the Alpha & Omega books, and the Mercy Thompson books.  I felt the same about the end of this one, on a smaller scale.  Big changes are coming to the Tri-Cities.

Christal: I never felt bored by this book, but I think I expected more action once the Pack laid claim to the Tri-Cities. There was a lot of talking and scheming in Fire Touched, but the actual action scenes seemed much tamer than in previous Mercy books.  The ending conflict was very straightforward and ended with a few obstacles that were easily dispatched.  Also, when the fae first claimed their independence, I really expected it to reverberate through this series and Alpha & Omega.  Instead, the werewolves have fought off a few rogue fae and now the fae want everything to go back like it was before Beauclaire’s declaration. I dunno, I guess I just expected more.

Wendy: That’s a really good point.  You’re so right about that, actually.  Nothing did really happen after the declaration.  You expect one big war, and nothing happened at all.  Maybe it’s still to come…

I really like Aiden.  I loved the sibling-like relationship that was developing between him and Jessie.  I’m really hoping he sticks around as almost a surrogate child for Adam, Mercy and the Pack.

Christal: I liked Aiden too, after he got all his douchery out of his system, but I do think it’s going to be hard for him still.  He and Jesse have started developing a great sibling relationship, but the people around him will need to remember that he isn’t really a child, no matter how he looks.

Wendy: Especially with as dangerous as he is.

I loved that Adam still struggles with almost having lost Mercy.  I feel like in other series major things happen to the characters and in the following books it’s just glossed over or forgotten.  I feel like it’s a testament to the author that her characters remain affected.

Christal: I agree, I appreciated that too.  I think it was actually Mercy’s reaction to being offered the drink by Uncle Mike that really got me.  She’s always so strong and capable that it’s easy to think she’s not affected by her past anymore, but then something subtle like that happens and you can see how she’s still haunted.  She just chooses not to let it affected her day by day.

Wendy: Was it just me or did you miss Stefan’s presence in the story?  I like Thomas, but I really like Stefan.  🙂

Christal: I actually expected that Stephen would contact Mercy after her declaration on the bridge.  I know they are giving each other space, but it almost felt weirder for him not to call her.

Wendy: Totally.  Especially because they’ve always felt close, as much as she could be with a vampire.  Their relationship was always one of the biggest draws for me.  I almost liked him more than Adam.

Christal: I liked how Adam finally stood up to the Pack on Mercy’s behalf in Fire Touched.  I understood his reasoning for not doing it before, but it felt overdue.  Adam chose Mercy as his mate and every time one of the Pack did something to degrade her, it was pretty much like they were disrespecting him too.  I know Mercy can take care of herself, but it was about time that Adam laid down the law for the rest of his wolves.

Wendy: I could understand why Mercy was concerned.  I think that normally being silenced could just make everything worse, with resentment.  But, I do agree that it was still passed time for Adam to have drawn the line.  The pack needs control, but also just because it was time for Adam to back her up even if she didn’t think she wanted it.  Personally, it was sexy as hell.

So yeah, while the book was slower than previous books, or felt like filler, there were many moments and scenes in the book that were really good.  I always love spending time with Mercy, Adam and the group, and after this I’ll definitely be returning to eagerly await the next installment.

Our Rating: 4 Stars = B

Thank you to Ace Books and Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Series Reading Order:

1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne
6, River Marked
7. Frost Burned
8. Night Broken

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Comments 1

  • I agree completely with your review. I love Mercy. One of my top 3 UF heroines. This was good, but there wasn’t as much action as there usually is. After the troll fight it was mostly politics, and I kept waiting for the hammer to drop, but it just… fizzled out.
    Still a good read, and I loved all of the personal dynamics between Jesse and Aiden, and Mercy and Adam, just like you pointed out.
    But not quite the Mercy book I’ve come to expect.