Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more. After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
I really liked this book, and it dealt with a few of the minor niggles I’ve had with this series for a few books now. Seven books in, and usually a series has started to lose its shine, but Patricia Briggs is such a strong, solid writer and there’s a lot of planning and thought in her stories.
Mercy is married and learning how to be ranked second in a werewolf pack. As she isn’t a werewolf, this has definitely caused some issues with the people she’s supposed to be in charge of. I liked her struggles in this book, and I also liked that we saw more of her husband and Alpha, Adam, doing his thing than we’ve seen before.
In the past I’ve struggled a little with how Mercy always saves the day while all the better-equipped supernatural creatures around her fall by the wayside. As the narrator she definitely had to be the heroine so we could see the day being saved, but I was worried that too many more books would see Mercy drifting into serious Mary Sue territory.
In this one – for the first time – we see some of the story from Adam’s point of view. This was a really good thing, even though I usually hate it when a first person series starts introducing other perspectives. It was a little awkward, but I also think it is the reason I liked the book as much as I did. Adam is, after all, one of the most important people in the supernatural world, and I think we really needed to see him being strong and capable and doing his thing. The change back and forth from third person perspective was a little clunky, but I’m still glad those scenes were there.
I also like that we’re seeing Mercy isn’t the only one of her kind, as that’s another Mary Sue characteristic. I like that she’s finding her place in this world and isn’t the outsider all the time now.
This is a complex series, and I suspect I need to catch up on the connected Alpha and Omega series as well as the supplementary short stories to get all the background information. Definitely do not start here, but also definitely try the series!
If only there was more urban fantasy around as good as Briggs’ work.