Fae again.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one starts of with that highly entertaining fight scene with the troll…

“I don’t know if you and Adam can help us,” Tony said rapidly. In the background, sirens were doing their best to drown out his voice. “But we have a situation here. There is something, a freaking-big something, on the Cable Bridge, and it is eating cars.”

And this is the one where Aiden makes his appearance…

“He’s just human. But all I can think of is Star Trek and ‘Charlie X.’”
Maybe. Maybe not.

So, fae and Underhill and… it sort of meanders along. Attack on a house, attack on another house… the plot is not terribly suspenseful and doesn‘t really offer any great surprises. The beginning of the book is really the best part for me. The ending is not bad.

Knocking off one star, I am a little ambivalent about it.

Reading order and progress of my chronological Mercyverse re-read:(view spoiler)
– Next: Silence Fallen, ★★★★★, Mercy #10
– Next: Burn Bright, ★★★★☆, Alpha & Omega #5
– Next: Storm Cursed, ★★★★★, Mercy #11
– Next: Smoke Bitten, pub date March 2020, Mercy #12

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:

First read in 2017: ★★★★★

There is humour…
Holy Avon, Batman, I thought as worry relaxed into annoyance-tinged humor, I’ve been attacked by a multilevel marketer.

And profound stuff…
Death is not to be feared. Death is easy. It is living that is brutal.

And swearing…
“My croaking fat frog will shag my fucking Aunt Fanny before I’ll go now,” he said.

And a very nice, feel-good ending…
“Nudge,” he said.

I took me a while to warm up to Adam, but by now I love him. And Mercy still is an excellent character. The Pack dynamics are very well done, truly believable, UF for grown-ups, without silly drama. Love the fae, love the settings, good action, great world building.

Still going strong. Looking forward to the next book.

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