Fire Touched is the ninth book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I’m a huge fan of this series and this latest installment delivered.
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. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
I love how Mercy’s world is never boring. There is always another foe or scary thing that goes bump in the night that threatens the pack, and Mercy is always down for kicking ass and taking names. I love that every book adds another character, or race, or layer of depth to the series, where Mercy adds loved ones and enemies to her ever-growing lists.
In this installment, Mercy primarily deals with the fae as various creatures affect the lives of those living in the Tri-Cities. This story had a unique premise (the fire-touched boy) and plenty of action (bloody adventure into faery). I always enjoy supernatural politics whether it be within the pack or among the Gray Lords, and this book had plenty of it.
The relationship between Adam and Mercy is constantly evolving, which, I think, is the cornerstone to these books because Mercy’s connection and love for Adam, his daughter and the pack drives all her decisions. In this book, their romance was more sweet than spicy (if you know what I mean) and I’m a little disappointed about that even though I think this book lacked nothing as a whole.
Overall, I loved it. I devoured it in less than two days and it was the fix I needed. I’m always down for more Mercy. However, I’m hoping for more vampire action next time.
STARS: 4.5 out of 5