#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as "one of the best" (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews). Now Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest-one that brings a threat unlike anything she's ever known.
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam's ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn't the kind of man to turn away a person in need-and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam's house, Mercy can't shake the feeling that something about the situation isn't right.
Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam's pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn't about to step down without a fight, but there's a more dangerous threat circling. Christy's stalker is more than a bad man-in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
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"These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns." (SFRevu)
No idea why Audible UK has books 1 to 3 then misses 4-7 before resuming with book 8 but its really annoying, especially as audio versions read by Lorelei King do exist! just not for UK download.
This book is part of a sequence and will make a lot less sense if you haven't read/heard the previous ones so dont start here or jump here from book 3 as you will have no idea whats going on with Cayote, the walking stick, whats happened to the Fae etc.
Now to the story. If you have read previous books you should know what to expect and it follows the same basic formula with a few twists
Adam's ex wife appears in this book and I didn't really find her character believable, just too manipulative and scheming and I cant believe the others would welcome her like they appear to. Fortunately she is only a means to get the real baddie into the tri-cities and the real action with Mercy and the Wolves attempting to save the world from a psychotic paranormal killer is as gripping as always.
Lorelei does an excellent job reading the story and I cant imagine anyone else doing the voices, In particular Mercy's and Adam's are just perfect. Just one small annoyance when she has problems with the Canary islands pronunciations but its only one page.
A few new characters are introduced to the story which keeps things fresh, I especially liked Gary Laughing Dog who I hope we see more of in future books.
Shame its not a bit longer but its well worth a credit.
Replace the narrator and the whole experience might be instantly better.
It was the mispronunciations that made it unbearable in the end, along with her failure to understand the required emphasis in a sentence and finally compounded by my disagreeing strongly with her representation of the first-person narrator.
The Mercy series has always thrived with supernatural elements grounded engagingly in fact, mixed with romance and spiced with the charm of the relationships between the characters. Add a practical, realistic heroine and you've got a winner.
Unfortunately, the grating mispronunciations wreck the groundings of fact beneath the supernatural element (try listening to Tenerife pronounced 'Tena-Reef-EY' 7 times in a couple of minutes), whilst the narrator's total failure to understand the jokes means that most of them fall flat (until you think about them later, and realize what was actually being said).
For her representation of Mercy, I can imagine this may be my personal preference, but I find it hard to believe in the usually practical and earthy Mercy Thompson when her voice is portrayed as petty and wheedling.
Thus robbed of three elements which make the Mercy Thompson series so strong, I found myself listening in order 'to finish' rather than enjoying it by about the halfway point.... and have now given up. I'll be finishing the paperback instead.
The actual story is pretty engaging. Whilst Mercy is far from 'at her best' in this novel, her flaws still make her delightfully real as a character. Not my favorite MT novel so far, but worth the read.
This addition was entertaining and full of events.. my favourite part was the inclusion of the e-wife and what a &^%*& she is :) But for some reason it didn't feel as major as previous books. I felt it a bit like a side story rather than a major one (not saying it was, but it felt like it). But even though, it was a good one.
New characters get to be introduced here and am looking forward for their part in future books.
Lorelei King is one of my favourite narrators, and I love her work.
"Another Great Story in the Series!"
The Mercy Thompson series is great and Patricia does a awesome job of creating a unique plot for each story. One of the things l love most about this series, is the characters. They have their own personalities and I've enjoyed how they've developed through the series.
Looking forward to the next book in the series but for now, I will be starting another series by Patricia..... I sure hope they are just as good as the Mercy Thompson series. :-)
"Another fun addition"
Patricia Briggs has added another fast moving fun addition to the Mercy Thompson series. The series are light but full of action. The characters are likable, and sometimes mischievous, but Mercy and her pack hold your attention and loyalty. This book reintroduces Coyote and you get additional insight into the character. This is a quick listen that has almost a short story feel and it will end all too soon. Lorelei King who has narrated the series does a great job.
It was good...I need to go back and relisten when I have the time to marathon it all the way through...I had to listen like an hr here maybe 2 hrs there over several weeks because of my hectic work schedule....but it did not disappoint!!
MERCY or course...she is just a kick butt hot mama!!! She is elegant and cool...she handles all situation with such a cool head...I just love her!!!
I loved the ending....Christy was blue...lol
I thought through out the book Mercy and Adams relationship was very tender at times...they have grown as a couple...I like it!!
Mercy is one of my fave heroines...I hope we get many more stories about her and the pack...she is a great character.....I enjoyed this book...and will most likely marathon this whole series again real soon...this book shows how much love there really is between her and Adam....and everyone...she is completely a kick butt lady!!!!
"A Vey Hot Time-Literally"
I love every Mercy Thompson book and this one is no exception. Mercy is in hot water again through no fault of her own; or maybe it's hot lava. This time she's standing between some very scary creatures and the things they want enough to cook her for, a gray lord and his artifact, a lava god and his stalkee and Adams ex-wife and Adam. Thank goodness although Mercy has a gooey center, when it come to protecting what's hers, she's one tough cookie.
Patricia Briggs cares about the people in her books and never forgets who they really are. Even though this is book number 8 they don't do things that are out of character. I like that she didn't overplay the drama between Mercy, Adam and Adam's Ex wife. Some writers may have been tempted to the kind of misunderstandings that would leave the reader wanting to kick the hero in the berries on the heroines behalf, but I like Adam just as much or more now as I did at the beginning of the book. I'm very relieved about that and dying to get my hands on book 9.
"A good crossover book-two series"
4/5; 4 stars; A-
This book ties the Alpha and Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series together a bit tighter. Lorelei King is a great narrator and I've enjoyed her performance of all these books.
I enjoyed this latest installment of the Mercy Thompson series.
Things I really liked:
- a new and interesting type of preternatural foe to be dealt with
- the appearance of Alistair Beauclaire, who was a key character in Fair Game
- glimpses of Stefan and an evolving relationship amongst Mercy, Adam, the pack and himself.
- Joel and Lucia and their dog breeding/rescue/rehabilitation
- Coyote and Mercy's growing family ties.
- Tad's moment of glory...that was interesting and a bit surprising.
Things that bothered me:
-Adam's character surprised me in a bad way a couple of times with respect to his ex. (Its hard to believe such a strong character could be manipulated so easily)
- The book felt a little bit unfinished to me. The ending was rather abrupt and Beauclaire's role was too much like a teaser rather than a solid plot thread.
I am looking forward to continued developments in this world and to seeing where Briggs is going with respect to the Fae, The Marrock, and even the evil Marsilia....if ever a vampire needed killing she's a candidate!
"Great addition to the series! <3 Adam & Mercy! :D"
This was a great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. As the description notes, Adam's ex, Christy, has a stalker that she needs saving from. Things turn more difficult when they find the stalker isn't human and is extremely dangerous. Christy comes in to Adam and Mercy's house and starts stomping all over Mercy in ways that makes it difficult for Mercy to fight back without looking petty. Somehow Christy has this whole "poor me" thing going that makes everyone blame Mercy for any thing wrong whether it's Mercy's fault or not. Things aren't good for Mercy when it comes to the whole Christy situation so she does what she can to help further the investigation quickly to hopefully get her out sooner.
Things in Mercy and Adam's lives are complicated further when a Fae comes to Mercy demanding the walking stick (a Fae artifact that is currently in the hands of Coyote, the native american "god"). Since the Fae is threatening terrible things, Mercy feels it's necessary to find Coyote ASAP to get the walking stick back. There are other things going on as well, as Mercy meets a half-brother she didn't know about, the pack gets a new member and there's trouble when Mercy is targeted by a federal agency that wants to study a captive werewolf and thinks she's a werewolf. Regardless of the multiple issues thrown at them, Mercy and Adam stick together and show just why they're such a good couple. Even with the issue of the "ex" being in the house Mercy never had to fear that Adam might be tempted by Christy. Adam didn't do real well at standing up to Christy but he never let her steal his love and attention from Mercy. The bad guy is a rough one and there's much drama as they prepare to take on the enemy and then get surprised at the last minute. Things don't work out exactly as planned but they do work out and everyone recovers in the aftermath. Adam and Mercy (of course) continue their HEA.
This was a great addition to the series. Adam and Mercy are great together and this book shows why that is. I hated Christy with the heat of a thousand suns...I just hope she doesn't actually move to town...Mercy doesn't deserve to have to deal with Christy that much. I do hope Mercy's brother (Gary) sticks around...he seems pretty cool and I can see good possibilities there. The action plot was frequent and kept things hopping while the personal stuff was hit on multiple fronts but all blended well in to a great story that kept me engaged until the end. Briggs is a great author and I love this series. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
"I HEART COYOTES **spoiler alert***"
** spoiler alert ** Anyone who had not read Patty Briggs or the Mercy Thompson series - what is wrong with you? Really??? Oh my gosh, I think book eight is some of the best and strongest writing by this author to date. The communication, relationships and plot twists was outstanding. The language is so clean, stunning and simple and sneaks up on you and then you get suckered with a gut punch time and again. BAM! Concept shared. Heh-heh.
The narration was outstanding!! Totally love this author and narrator team.
So Christy, Adam's ex, does something selfish and stupid again and now has a stalker boyfriend and has called on Adam and the pack for assistance. This is where for me the story loses part of a star point is that I understand WHY she needed protection and help and why Adam and the pack would step up, it is really about protecting Jesse's feelings, but after the hell Christy has put Adam and Jesse through, why would the pack still be loyal to Christy? Where is their loyalty and protection of Jesse and Adam's happiness that they have now? Why would they want to go back to that previous hell? I'm not getting that at all.
And really, why doesn't the pack respect Adam's choice of Mercy? Again, I understand we need plot dynamics and tension and that is okay, but the logic doesn't make sense to me when Adam is such a good alpha bottom line. Why don't they support his happiness? Isn't he Alpha after all? The entire pack dynamic for the last couple of books has irritated me by that lack of logic and now it just pissed me off.
And Adam, sorry dude, but you are 70+ years old and should know better than to let your ex have access to your current wife's bedroom/bathroom territory and what is the issue with the PHONE?? As a security guy wouldn't you have belt clip or something you'd carry it with you? Yes, I know we needed some of those plot points, but it did cheese me off when it kept happening!! It seemed like you were doing nothing to protect Mercy's feelings. What is wrong with you?
I loved Mercy's high road and her relationship with Jesse and communication with Adam. I'm so glad in Coyote fashion, Mercy got the final say in several matters. That was outstanding. BooRah!!!
Did anyone catch the nod to Harry Dresden? It absolutely cracked up. The humor train this story was running on had major steam and kept on chugging through the entire length of the story. There were so many good sentences to savor and quote for future reference.
I love the new characters, Gary, Joel and hopefully Zack will stick around. We need to know more about his story and hopefully watch him come into his own and grow. That being said, here is where the story lost another part of the star point, in that there is SO much left unresolved that it felt almost like a cliffy ending for me which made me a little grumpy. Leaving us wanting more and leaving us with the job and no TP is another matter. A tiny bit more resolution would have helped soften the ending.
Those are minor irritations, however. I was thoroughly engaged and devoured the story in one day. Love this series and eagerly looking forward to the next one so we have some RESOLUTION to all these key points left hanging....
Of course, this is my one of my top favorite series. Ive read them all and they have been consistently a great read.
Another series by Allyson James, The Storm Walker series is very similar in the strength of the main character .
I also follow Lorelei King as narrator. I am amazed that she can perform Mercy Thompson very convincingly and then she can also perform male voices just as well and can also make several male voices different and distinctive from each other. She helps to make this book even better not that the story itself lacks in anyway.
Yes, I could not put it down until finished.
"Loved every minute of it"
Patricia Briggs does it again. Great characters, story and plot. Really great dialogue and I love the interchange between Adam and Mercy. The love shines through.
Lorelei King does a wonderful job as usual.
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