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?
My Thoughts :
Fire Touched is the ninth installment in the Mercy Thompson series. I have been following this series pretty much from the beginning and have enjoyed the unique concept and exciting stories but this latest addition wasn't my favourite.
While there were enough werewolves around and quite a bit of excitement and action, I felt that the coyote was unusually absent this time around. The Fae have never been an area of the supernatural that I have found interesting but Patricia Briggs has always managed to keep me hooked despite my non interest of this topic. This time however it was too much for me and while I tried to look past the deep involvement of the Fae, it still left a bad taste.
Also this is turning into a series that needs a 'Previously, on...' prologue chapter. While it is obvious that after nine books there is a lot of information involved in this series, it is getting harder and harder to remember everything that happened. Especially with a year wait between each installment. A year I spend reading many other books and not having time to re-read the whole of this series again.
There is a lot of good stuff in this book though. A lot of content that any fan of the series will be happy to read. However for me it wasn't the best of the bunch and it lacked a certain something that the previous installments had. There was certainly no wow factor and not even a cliffhanger. This could have been the end for all I know.
A definite must buy for fans and a story that any Mercy lover will enjoy. Just be prepared to not like this one as much as the others.