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?
First, can we first appreciate how GAOrgeous this cover is, they all are!
I have been a fan of the Mercy Thompson books for about four years now, having discovered them late and it did take me about two books in to become hooked but HOOKED I became. We find Adam and Mercy living their normal lives of her being a coyote shapeshifter married to the Alpha werewolf of the Columbia Basin pack. After the last book, Mercy finds that she has nothing to do with her time and since she has no idea where to look for her missing friends (Zee and Tad) she is left twiddling her thumbs. Until she gets a call about a troll on the bridge eating cars, and thus ensues the crazy world that is Mercy.
Briggs has always had a way of telling a few different stories and then have them weave together so seamlessly you are left like, ‘oooh, NOW I get it,’ and this one is no exception. I usually devour her books having to deal with the wolves (if you have never read her Alpha and Omega series you are missing out) and after DEAD HEAT (Alpha and Omega) I was thirsty for more, and she delivered.
We have the Fae, Bran, and the werewolf pack as normal in the story but we also are introduced to Aiden, the Fire touched human boy who isn’t really human, or a boy. This book to me was a information packed book, with minimal action, although what was, was pretty good, and a lot of set-up for more to come.
“Again, I called this meeting to give notice. If I hear or hear about any of you saying anything to my mate that is in the least bit disrespectful, I will end you. No warnings, no second chances. I will end you.”
And the biggest ‘mic drop’ award goes to…Adam for FINALLY stepping up!
I was not disappointed with the book, and I liked the way it ended, just wish there was more.