When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.My Thoughts: It has been a long, long, loooooong time since I last picked up a Mercy Thompson book. For no reason other than I mainlined the first four books in the series and didn't have any of the others. The point here is that while I remembered all the characters and the major events in the last book(s), I didn't remember a lot of the details. This didn't get in the way of my enjoyment, exactly, but I did have a few moments of blank-eyed staring when some of the details were rehashed. I like to think that I remember the important things (Mercy's rape, that she and Adam were a couple, that Sam was a lone wolf) and the rest was just window dressing.
It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit.
All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
Sam's issue was the one that grabbed me the hardest this time around. I know that there was supposed to be some sort of love triangle in the earlier books between Mercy, Adam and Sam but I really never felt it, you know? Like, I always felt like Sam was the odd man out and Mercy and Adam were going to end up together in the long run. Sam's melancholy this time around was... heartbreaking. I kept thinking that there was no way that his problems were going to have a happy ending and it killed me a little inside.
I did like that the Pack dynamics were addressed. I liked that we got to see those dark, powerful Fae doing their nasty things. I like that we got to see Mercy still struggling with the aftermath of her rape because realistically that's not something that's going to go away quickly. I like that she and Adam aren't perfect but they make things work. Honestly, I liked the book. It was dark and sometimes dirty, often bloody, and it worked for me.
Books in this series
1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
6. River Marked
7. Frost Burned
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