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.
Four stars: Another exciting book with a big confrontation with the Fae.
When The Pack receives a frantic call from the local police asking for help, the wolves jump into action. There is a large troll planted on one of the bridges, eating cars, who engages the wolves in a fierce battle. When the dust settles, Mercy and Adam are confronted by a strange human boy, who tells them that Zee promised he would ask the Pack for protection. Mercy offers Aiden protection, not realizing that in doing so she is causing a major conflict with the Fae. Who is this boy, and why do the Fae want him so badly?
What I Liked:
- A Mercy Thompson book can never be called boring. This one opens up with a bang as Mercy and The Pack find themselves battling a huge troll. I loved that this one was packed full of action and danger, there was rarely a dull moment.
- The Fae are the main source of conflict in this book. I am never disappointed when the Fae are involved as they are always so creepy, dangerous and unpredictable. This one is packed full of interesting Fae lore complete with a trip to the mysterious Underhill. If you are a fan of books featuring the Fae, you will like this book.
- Book eight, Night Burned, was a bit trying as there was a great deal of drama and tension surrounding Adam's ex wife, Christy. Christy does make a brief appearance in this one, but thankfully, she leaves quickly, and she isn't a big issue. I struggled with Adam's behavior when Christy was around. This time Adam finally grows a pair. I was thrilled when he made a drastic challenge to the Pack regarding Mercy. Finally! I enjoyed seeing Mercy and Adam continue to grow closer as well.
- Speaking of the Pack, I am happy to see changes in the relationships between Mercy and the Pack. It is nice to see Mercy slowly gaining more allies. I am particularly pleased to see that she seems to have won Honey over.
- As always with a book in this series, you can expect a whole cast of paranormal creatures. This one doesn't disappoint. You get a troll, the Fae, vampires, and a strange human boy who has the gift of fire. Old familiar characters return, like Zee and Tad, as well as Joel, and a few new ones are introduced like Baba Yaga and Aiden.
- The final chapters are thrilling and exciting, culminating with a nice ending. No cliffhangers, which is always nice when reading a series. I only hope that the wait for the next book isn't exceptionally long again.
And The Not So Much:
- This book gets a little bit busy with many story lines. I was a bit disappointed that there were a few interesting threads started that were soon forgotten. I want to know more about Bran's intentions, as well as Thomas and Margaret. I was also upset that there wasn't any further mention of Sherwood Post. What was the deal with him?
- Aiden was an interesting character, but I still didn't have a firm grasp on him and his abilities by the end of the book. I am expecting more from him in future books.
- I was disgusted that Christy reared her head once again. Even thought it was minimal, I thought that we had been there done that with her. Please get rid of her once and for all.
- I am hoping that the wait for the next book won't be too long. The last couple of releases have been spaced two years apart.
Fire Touched was a strong addition to the series. In fact, this is the best book in the series I have read since book five. I loved the action, the paranormal characters and the movement in relationships. I was a bit disappointed that Christy came back, and that there were several story lines that were introduced that weren't developed. Still if you are a fan of this series, you will be pleased that this book gets back to the roots of the series with lots of danger and action. Let's just hope that we aren't strung out waiting for the next book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.