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Fire Touched
Mercy Thompson Series #9
Patricia Briggs

Ace Books
March 8, 2016 / ISBN 9780425256763

Reviewed by Jan Fields


Tensions between humans and Fae are building, and it doesn't help when Mercy and her werewolf husband, Adam, and the pack have to fight a troll before it can eat a city full of people. The werewolves draw a line in the sand, and blood is going to be spilled as the Fae cross it again and again. This was a book where both the good guys and the bad guys were interesting and multidimensional with lots of folks falling in the gray between. The wolf pack dynamics were interesting and there's a moment where I suspect long-time fans of the series probably felt like standing up and cheering for Adam. I also enjoyed the way the author explored the idea of power: who holds power and how one defends it. I sometimes become frustrated when I jump into a book deep into a series where I haven't visited in a while, but the dive into this one was seamless. The author drops you right into action, but without losing clarity. Even newcomers can follow the characters and recognize the stakes right off. And I truly loved what Briggs is doing with Underhill (fairyland) in this book. It's not a long book, but if you want something quick to read but completely satisfying, this is a great one to pick up.
Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2016