Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) – Patricia Briggs

fire touchedTensions 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?

Rating: 4/5

Ah, the next long awaited, eagerly anticipated instalment in the Mercy Thomson series is finally here, and it didn’t disappoint. I mean, the author has created such loveable characters that it’s like coming home – quite frankly, I’d be happy reading mundane scenes about Mercy making breakfast, for all I care – but knowing life in the Hauptmann household, things are not destine to run smoothly for very long, of course. Which is the case here in Fire Touched.

This time, our faithful team of werewolves, humans and one coyote are faced with mounting tensions with the fae, which could potentially lead to an inter-species war, stemming from Mercy’s decision to provide sanctuary to a human child with fae-like abilities who has escaped torture. Now Mercy & co have to partake in some tricky diplomatic manoeuvres, involving unlikely allies, peeved surrogate fathers (Bran), almost-sentient walking sticks, cryptic warnings, rampaging troll(s), mythical figures who turn out to be very real, murderous magical territories, accidental fires, and persistent oil saleswomen.

There were plenty of humorous moments in this one that had me chuckling, and it was great seeing some old favourites return to the fold, including Zee and Tad, as well as the familiar faces of those in the pack. While the stakes were potentially high, it never felt as such – so I could relax and enjoy knowing my faves would save the day.

Two things that stood out for me in this book:

  • I like the subtle incorporation of Mercy’s faith in this book. Nothing in your face, just mentions of her pastor and church.
  • Also a fan of the way Adam and Mercy navigate their relationship, and the tensions between his role as husband and his position as leader of the pack. I admire how Mercy weighs up her decisions now that she has another person to factor in who cares whether she lives or dies – while that doesn’t stop her from charging into danger, as she’s not one to be coddled – she does take precautions and consider things more carefully.
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6 thoughts on “Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) – Patricia Briggs

  1. Like you, I really enjoyed the development of Mercy and Adam’s relationship in this one. I’m glad to see how they continue to discuss and work through issues and I was glad to see Adam really step in and support Mercy in this, particularly in matters relating to the pack. Fantastic review–I can’t wait for the next installment, now!

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    1. Ack, I know, we have to wait a whole year – but we’ve definitely got something to look forward to! I’m grateful for the depiction of a healthy relationship – general urban fantasy can get quite alpha-male-ish, but Mercy and Adam really work on things rationally, which I admire.

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