This was easily the best book I have read in ages. For a series that has been running as long as the Mercy Thompson one has, it has to be hard to maintain the quality that these books have, but Patricia Briggs somehow manages to do it and do it spectacularly.
Briggs does a few things different with this book. One, is that it is told in split point of view alternating between Mercy and Adam. Not only that, but the timeline between their respective chapters was a little bit off. From another author, this could be a complete train wreck. But it totally worked here.
This is a road trip book of sorts. Mercy has been kidnapped by a super powerful master vampire and spirited away to another country. Adam must gather a team of back-up to journey to get her back. But as we all know, Mercy is not helpless. She manages to take things into her own hands. So we have her story following one path, while her husband follows another.
I hate to gush, but I basically loved everything about this book. The biggest reason, of course, is because of the main characters. I love that Mercy is such a complex blend of physical vulnerability and a power that defies explanation or convention. It’s what makes her such a puzzle to her captor. It’s what makes people underestimate her time after time. And she not only survives, but triumphs. Then, there’s Adam who is easily one of the best Alpha heroes of urban fantasy. Because he can be Alpha without being an Alpha-hole. He loves and respects his wife and he will burn the world for her. As it should be. Not only that, though, he’s also smart and sexy and just so good!
This is a more vampire-centric installment than we’ve had in a long time. And as much as I’ve enjoyed the fae books, I really liked getting back to this element. I’d missed Stefan more than I realized. It was great spending time with him again and Marsilla and learning more about their roots and history together. I loved meeting some of the other big supernatural players around the world and seeing Adam and Mercy through their eyes.
And I loved the twist with the hidden identity of one character in the story. I never saw it coming, and now I want to go back and re-read the whole thing to see if it all still fits. (No doubt, it will.)
The world building is fantastic as always in these books. The pacing is darn-near perfect. I didn’t want to put the book down, even to go live real-life.
If you’re not reading this series –or if you’re a few installments behind– start one-clicking. Briggs writes some of the best shifter UF you’re going to find.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 7, 2017