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?
Worldbuilding: I’ve just met the Mercy Thompson world, and I’m deeply, utterly, irrevocably in love. All of the fantasy and paranormal, so delicously woven together, so interesting, exciting, and yet not overwhelming – considering this is #9, the first I’ve read, and everything made perfect sense to me, It’d describe the world as awesome. Rich, layered, with all these society-related dynamics – just awesome.
Characters: Mercy was insta-love material for me. I mean I loved her instantly. There’s this snark-like potential about her that I got the sense she mostly kept in check, this juiciness and kickassness about her and her swift decisions and action-taking that I loved immediately. Mercy made perfect sense to me, she felt authentic, real, human in all the good ways.
Adam was alpha-licious xD and adorable too, a great dad, had well-set moral values that governed his actions and reactions. Loved him too, and together with Mercy he just made perfect sense. They had such an awesome chemistry and dynamic to their couple, they were so charismatic and fun and adorable together.
I also really loved other characters too, including Aiden, but also Zee, Tad, Charles – though I got to read little of him -, Mercy’s mom sounded like a riot too. I loved the concept of Underhill so much, and the peculiarity and fickle nature of the fae… Kickass cast of characters.
Plot: The story was this amazing blend of action, ongoing-relationship-romance, and mystery. I had a lot of fun trying to guess who was the actual enemy in this instance, who was really a friend. Exciting, fun, and not overwhelming.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Mercy’s POV. Very fun voice, loved her sense of humor and the colors of the world as she sees it.
Curb Appeal: Are you kidding me? That cover! I wanna marry it and have its children, lol! Awesome cover, awesome blurb, auto-buy author name from now on. Compulsive buy material.
I had a wonderful first encounter with the Mercy Thompson world, and it most certainly won’t be my last! I felt like though I’d missed much of what happened s far, I could simply jump in and make sense of everything. The clarity of motivations and worldbuilding are pretty impressive, imo. Sure, one might say that the somewhat traditional concepts of all these paranormal and fantasy elements should have been crystal clear and it’s not a skill to make it all clear in a story, but I think it would be wrong to think so. It’s so, so easy for traditional notions of anything to get confused and blurry in a story, and the more elements you juggle, the tougher it gets to keep it all clear and steady and fun.
I’ve been meaning to get to read Patricia Briggs, but felt it had to be a Mercy Thompson novel, and the fact we’re now up to #9 was just too intimidating for me to start the series. But this year I’ve decided to just jump in, see what happens. I think it was the best decision I could’ve made.
I fully and wholeheartedly recommend the Mercy Thompson series. I’m sure it’s all fun, entertaining, and charming.
P.S.: I really, really, really wanna read Alpha & Omega now 😀 And I shall, mwahahaha.