(Mercedes Thompson #7)
Release: March 5, 2013
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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.
Frost Burned is the seventh book in Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series, a series that is fairly iconic in the world of paranormal fiction. The Mercy books are the epitome of urban fantasy and this installment is no exception.
We fans have waited two years for this book to release and it does not disappoint. Actually, I enjoyed it much more than the previous release, which was missing the usual ebb and flow of the series without all its minor characters shining. The plot of Frost Burned lets a lot of the secondary characters do what they do best while still showcasing Mercy and Adam's strong relationship. Plus, there's plenty of action to boot!
Mercy is one of the best heroines in the genre because she is strong, independent, skilled, lovable, and just plain cool. Her inner monologue is a pleasure to read and the way she interacts with the other characters are great. She has a unique relationship with each: Ben, Warren, Kyle, Jesse, Tad, Zeke, Stefan, Marsilia, etc. And I really love the way Briggs separates the mythology of Mercy's coyote (including Coyote, Mercy's skinwalker ability, and her Native American heritage) from that of the werewolves.
Briggs' shows us how strong Mercy and Adam's relationship is after Adam and the pack get kidnapped and Mercy can only communicate with Adam through their special mate bond. There were a lot of nail biting moments. Knowing practically the entire Pack was in danger made me very nervous about who was going to make it out alive. There were sweet moments between Mercy and Adam as well as tense ones and heartbreaking ones.
The journey poor Mercy goes on to find out who had the audacity to kidnap a Pack of werewolves and rescue them at the same time was both entertaining and exciting. Many old friends from throughout the series make an appearance to assist her in her plight and it almost felt like a thank to fans for waiting for book seven so long. Briggs gave us what we wanted with this book and I can't wait to see where she takes Mercy next!
Recommended for fans of: werewolves and other shifters, solid urban fantasy, vampires, and Fae.
This review is based on an early finished copy provided by the publisher.
4.5 / 5 stars