Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

fire touchedReviewed by Jen

It’s a pretty rare thing for a series to really hold on to its spark after nine installments. But this one does it. Reading this book was like falling back into a familiar world I know and love. I didn’t want to put it down, not because it was an adrenaline filled ride, but because I cared what would happen next. Mercy Thompson is a fantastic heroine.  She is not the strongest or the most powerful, but she is astute and loyal, and when the chips fall, she comes through every time.

I left the last book a little bit angry at the pack and at Adam for the way the whole thing with his ex-wife played out. But I am happy to report, this issue got the resolution I needed here –and in pretty short order. Patricia Briggs dealt with the elephant in the room, and I am ready to love everyone again. The cohesiveness of the pack is actually a really important part of the story, as they must band together to face off with the Fae.

It’s not quite as dire as it sounds. I mean, yeah, it’s dangerous, but this isn’t the kind of gut wrencher as , say, Iron Kissed. My heart wasn’t in my throat while I was reading. This book did excite me, though, because I felt like Mercy and Adam were establishing themselves as a force in the world on an entirely different level. I saw their bond deepening and their standing elevated, as their network of allies showed its worth.

Without giving too much away, Mercy essentially claims the Tri-Cities as pack territory. They are protectors. They are enforcers. And not everyone likes it. Not other packs. Not the Fae. But it is what it is. And I love how Adam stands by her –and the way the pack falls in line. I love the new addition of Aiden. And I liked seeing Thomas and Margaret. The origin of their story is in the short “Fairy Gifts” and I would love to get to spend more time with them.

The book isn’t as action packed or quite as dense with the mythology as some of the others in the series. But I think I enjoyed it more for its character focus. I love Mercy and Adam when we see the depths of their feelings for each other. I love it every time Mercy is an underdog and she wins against the odds. I love Ben. I love Jesse and Zee, and even the volcano-dog-guy is growing on me.

I am still excited to see where Mercy’s story goes next.

Rating: A-/B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Fire Touched
by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Ace

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