(Mercy Thompson #10)
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Read: 11th March 2017
In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…
Couldn’t help myself and gobbled it up in record time. 😀 Who needs sleep anyway?
(No spoilers in the review because that would be just counter-productive.)
It is another great book in the series, that actually feels fresh and energetic considering it is already a 10th book. Mercy is still causing chaos wherever she goes but now she’s more sure of her powers, learning to direct them in the way she desires. Not that it always goes according to her plans, but she’s learned to take the hits and keep rolling. She’s one of my favourite heroines actually – she’s a strong woman without being obnoxious about it, or roaring about equality like some ‘modern women’ do it in similar books. She just gets shit done. That speaks far more about her strength than anything else – she knows her limitations and her strengths in the magical and supernatural world and she uses that to her advantage. 🙂 She’s really progressing throughout the series and I love it. She may be an underdog in a physical fight, but she can outwit you in no time.
Adam is a force to be reckoned with here, but on a more subdued level, which I like. His cooperation with a motley crew of vampire, goblin, witch, and werewolf is thrilling, and speaks volumes about his self-control. Well, most of the time. So, no – not all werewolves need to be raging monsters, and not all mates devolve into hormonal messes when their significant other is taken from them. Other authors of the supernatural genre, pay attention! Adam is a true alpha, which means he’s strong but not overbearing. He cares and that’s what an alpha is supposed to be like. No macho shit will ever get the upper hand over good manners and some common sense.
Other characters, both old and new, have a place and role to play here as well, nicely balancing the tale. That we get to explore a bit of Prague history as well is just a plus. The tension keeps you glued to the pages, and the twists and turns never get old. It’s just such a nicely balanced act that I can only praise the story.
I’m looking forward to the next book by Patricia Briggs, who has solidified her position as one of my favourite writers in the genre.