Here we are, book 7 of the Mercy Thompson series brought to us by the wonderfully talented Patricia Briggs. Frost Burned was everything I’ve come to expect from Briggs.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Every time I read Briggs, I wait for her books to get more formulaic and predictable, but she always surprises me. With every book, something comes out of nowhere to test Mercy, but her relationships are still rock solid with the same, steady characters. However, at times, it’s a little too out of left field. I have to wrap my mind around all the new concepts before I can run with it.
Mercy is the same badass coyote. In this book, her man is in danger and she’s going to do whatever it takes to get him back. I really liked how this book focused on the complexity of Mercy having a stepdaughter and how that relationship affects her relationship with Adam. The politics are ramping up with the werewolves out in the open and Adam and the pack are in the forefront of it all.
The best part of this book is the “battle” in the end. I call it a battle because I don’t know how else to describe it and I don’t want to give anything away. Compared with the beginning of the book, Mercy’s just doing a lot of running around town looking for clues. The ending is where the action is and where Mercy’s true colors can shine–her stubbornness and how everyone underestimates her power. We get to watch Adam and Mercy’s relationship grow and they learn how to be a normal couple even with the many dangers that surround them.
I always enjoy Briggs and this book is no different. However, some of her books have been better. The character development overall was kind of lacking. She spent a bit too much time world-building, which at this point in the series should be pretty set. With that said, I will continue to read this series, it’s one of my all-time favorites.
STARS: 4.5 out of 5