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11 Apr, 2016

Fire Touched

/ posted in: Reading Fire Touched Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
on March 8th 2016
Pages: 352
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible, Owned
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)
Set in Washington

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?

Goodreads

 

Can I just say how much I hate the covers of these books?  Look at that picture.  Mercy in the books has a Native American father.  I appreciate the fact that they aren’t whitewashing the cover but come on.  Long feather earrings and two braids?  On a mechanic?  And what is with the clothes?  She never, ever is described as dressing in shirts tied into improvised halter tops.  She doesn’t show skin at all.  She also is described as having one small coyote print tattoo but look at her arms.  Impressive collection of tattoos but way off the mark.

Anyway, in this book Mercy is still trying to make some members of the pack accept her as their Alpha’s mate.  That gives her status over them.  It hasn’t been going well.  She isn’t a werewolf and she keeps getting them into trouble.  Now she has made a proclamation that the pack with protect any supernaturals in their territory from the Fae.

I don’t know.  I just wasn’t a huge fan of this one.  I like the series but this one felt flat to me.  I’ve read several reviews that said that the readers felt like this was a big leap forward in the relationship between Mercy and Adam but I don’t get it.  He did stand up for her in the pack but their interactions together sounded distant and strained.  Maybe it is because I’ve gotten used to the warmth of the relationships in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series that the more subdued relationship here seems odd.

Nothing really happened in the plot either.  It sounds like there is going to be a war.  The beginning with a fight with a troll is action packed but after that it is all political maneuvering and sitting around waiting for things to happen until the end.  This definitely didn’t have a “can’t put down” quality in the middle.  The ending did have an unexpectedly sad moment though.

One highlight of this book for me was Baba Yaga.

Bilibin. Baba Yaga

I love her. She is an old witch in Russian folklore who makes an appearance here to help in the fight with the Fae whether anyone wants her help or not. The book picked up whenever she appeared.

Bottom line:

This is a weak entry in a great series but it still worth reading or listening to if you have enjoyed the rest of the books.

 

About Patricia Briggs

“Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. ” from her website

02 Jul, 2015

Shifting Shadows

/ posted in: Reading Shifting Shadows Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
on September 2nd 2014
Pages: 450
Length: 16 hours
Genres: Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible, Owned

"Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has friends in high places--and in low, dark, scary ones. And in this must-have collection of stories, you'll meet new faces and catch up with old acquaintances--in all their forms... In a time of fresh starts, Mercy is asked to use an old talent--ghost hunting--in the all-new story "Hollow." You'll learn what happens when an ancient werewolf on his last legs befriends a vulnerable adolescent ("Roses in Winter") and how Mercy's friend Samuel Cornick became a werewolf ("Silver"). The werewolf Ben finds "Redemption," and Moira, a blind witch, assists on a search in "Seeing Eye." From Butte, Montana, the copper-mining town that vampire Thomas Hao calls home ("Fairy Gifts"), to Chicago, where the vampire Elyna buys and renovates the apartment she lived in while human ("Gray"), you'll travel the roads that originated with Mercy Thompson and the fertile imagination of Patricia Briggs. Roads that will lead you to places you've never been before..."--Provided by publisher.

Goodreads

I’d seen this book around at the library and was waiting to read it when I ran out of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series.

I finally decided to listen to it when I realized that it has “Alpha and Omega” in it. That is the story that starts the series and isn’t included in the books.  I’m not usually a big short story fan but I really like this world.

Some of the stories aren’t directly related to the book series.  Some look at the world from the viewpoint of minor characters.

“Seeing Eye” tells the story of how Seattle’s white witch Moira meets Tom, the werewolf who will become her mate.

“Silver” tells the story of how Bran and Samuel became werewolves and how they met Arianna, the fae woman they were made to torture and finally rescue.

“Gray” is the story of a vampire who buys and renovates the apartment she was living in when she was turned and has to confront the ghost that lives there.

“In Red, with Pearls” is a story about Warren, a werewolf who has become a private investigator for his boyfriends law firm.  He has to investigate why a zombie was sent after his boyfriend.

“Redemption” is from Ben’s point of view.  He’s a British werewolf who was sent to the U.S. because he was in trouble with the law.  He hates women so he doesn’t understand why he feels like he has to help protect a secretary at his office.

There are also a couple of outtakes – deleted scenes from some of the published novels.

This is a great book to read if you’ve read all of the other novels.  The only exception to that is maybe reading Alpha and Omega before starting that series.

About Patricia Briggs

“Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. ” from her website

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19 Mar, 2015

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

/ posted in: Reading Fair Game by Patricia Briggs Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
on 2012
Pages: 308
Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 9:57
Series: Alpha and Omega #3
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible, Owned
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)

Also in this series: Hunting Ground

Set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey. They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights.

Goodreads

The werewolves are out of the closet.

Now that humans know that werewolves exist, there can be no ugly incidents that can turn into a public relations nightmare.  Bran (the leader of the North American werewolves) has increased the punishments for many offenses.  Many of the alphas of local packs are rebelling against the harsher policies, including death sentences for several offenses by younger wolves who don’t have great control yet.  Charles is sent in to kill when the alphas refuse.  This is wearing on him.  The ghosts of the wolves he has killed are following him around, attracted to his guilt.  He has shut out his wife for fear that the ghosts might latch onto her too.

This is where the story picks up, a year after the last book.  Anna has tried everything to convince Bran that Charles is breaking under the strain of constant executions.  When he finally sees a bit of she has been seeing, he sends them to Boston to help the FBI track a serial killer.  He hopes that the chance to hunt something that he doesn’t have to execute and the chance to be a good guy for once will help.

Liked

  • The law enforcement officials are getting their first contact with werewolves and learning how to deal with another species.
  • The public is learning too and wants to take pictures with them.
  • Peter!  There is a little dog named Peter who is not going to let the wolves anywhere near his person and acts like he is going to tear them apart.  The werewolves think he is cute and pretty brave since he’s only 10 lbs.  I happened to see a little dog named Peter at work the day I listened to this part.  He was pretty tough too.
  • It explains why the Fae disappear into their reservations.  The Mercy Thompson series discusses the ramifications of this decision but not the reason for it.

Didn’t Like

  • There is a really awkward sex scene.  I’ve already established how much I hate sex scenes in audiobooks and this one was cringier than most.
  • I figured going in that Anna would manage to get herself kidnapped by the bad guys but it looked like it wasn’t going to happen.  I was happy about that.  Then she got kidnapped.  Seriously, how many times can this happen to one person?
  • The bad guy was pretty easy to figure out this time.

About Patricia Briggs

“Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. ” from her website

12 Mar, 2015

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

/ posted in: Reading Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
on 2009
Pages: 286
Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 8:25
Series: Alpha and Omega #2
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible, Owned
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)

Anne Latham didn't know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son--and enforcer--of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn't know how dangerous it could be either... Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran's controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan--and it seems like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all--or risk losing everything...

Goodreads
  • I like the developing relationship between the main characters.  In this series only a few months have gone by since they met and were put into what was basically an arranged marriage.  They are still learning about each other and how to live together.
  • Charles has been an assassin for his father for over a hundred years.  He is good at his job so everyone is scared of him.  It is an interesting dynamic to pair him with a woman who met him when he saved her so she isn’t intimidated by him.  She is trying to be his kinder, gentler side to the public.
  • Anna is also tough though.  She is the Omega part of this series.  That means that she is able to step outside werewolf pack dominance fights and calm other wolves.  That gives her the perspective to tell when everyone is acting stupid and then bang their heads together to get them to act right.
  • Both the Mercy Thompson series and this series have been focused on the lives of the werewolves in the western U.S.  It was nice to see the author’s take on the European wolves and the different struggles they have.
  • I’ve come to the realization that one of the reasons I like these books is that they remind me of my husband and myself.  He’s paranoid and hyperaware from his military time and I pet him on the head and say, “Isn’t that sweet” and then tell him to knock it off and act right.  I’ve even been known to growl at him but that’s because I spend most of my time interacting with dogs and some things rub off.

About Patricia Briggs

“Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. ” from her website

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