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Wow, wow, wow. I adored this installment of the Mercy series, and it is definitely one of my favorites. This book was a bit of a change from the rest of the series though. Usually Mercy's adventures are action driven with a lot of humor, wit, danger, and a sprinkle of romance to tease readers. With this book though romance definitely took the front seat in terms of plot with action/plot taking a more secondary role. Either way though it was fantastic.
The plot combined my 2 favorite elements in the Mercy universe - Werewolves and the Fae. Werewolf politics are amazingly structured, confusing, and strict. Every peek we get into the complexities of dominance, gender issues, and the magic behind their ties is so detailed, insightful, and engaging. The Fae continue to be the more intriguing and mystifying species that I have come across in any urban fantasy series.
The character development is wonderful as well. Samuel has been on the back burner a bit since Mercy became Adam's mate and getting a peek into his very old mind and the strife he is dealing with was great. Although discovering just what a teddy bear Adam can be, and his intense and unconditional love for Mercy was beautiful. Mercy herself grew a great deal in this book as well. She has come to accept and welcome the pack, wants to belong, wants to be involved, all while retaining her independence and unique qualities. I only wish we could have seen her as a coyote more this book. Some of my favorite secondary characters like Zee, Warren, and Ben made appearances this time around and any chance to have them in a scene is totally welcomed.
Crazily enough I cannot think of a bad thing to say about this book. Others have thought negatively on the length of the challenge scene which I greatly enjoyed as it revealed so much more about hierarchy in packs, or Mercy's ability to always get out of her insane problems with little consequence (although the climax of Iron Kissed disproves this greatly I think). Yes, the solutions through out these books tend to be a bit convenient but are well thought through, developed, and make sense.
All in all, this is the best urban fantasy series out there, and to me all others are weighted against it. I can't wait for the next anything Brigg's puts out! Especially the 3rd installment in the Alpha and Omega series!
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I would have loved to savour this book and make it last and last reading a page or two at a time to enjoy it for days, but that was impossible. From the day I began reading it I was lost in the world that surrounds Mercy Thompson and was so caught up in it that hours and hundreds of pages had passed before I realized it. This is one of the best series I have read, I'm an avid reader and mostly in this genre and I'm hooked on the Mercy Thompson series. Bring on River Marked!!
In this book Mercy finds herself back in hot water with the fae, dealing with Samuel drama, and falling deeper in love with her very own Alpha- Adam (yum). I'll begin with the fae, that's one scary bunch! I love the Zee described without his glamour. The faerie world runs on a different time than reality, Mercy become trapped and cut off from her bond with Adam until Bran finds her (faerie) walking stick. Samuel finally loses it, he becomes trapped in his wolf form as his wolf takes over for him. I like the destinction that Mercy has between Samuel and Sam. The care and consideration she puts into their friendship that ultimately saves his life is so nicely written. I'm loving that he has a love interest I hope that get presued further in the next book. Finally...my fave because I am a hopeless sucker for a love story: The love between Adam and Mercy makes me all a-tingle. I love that he loves her exactly the way she is and embraces the parts of her that she finds unattractive. Their love is so real and unconditional. I love that it's not syrupy sweet but, still sincere and HOT at times. Their date that started off bad and went worse was still so perfect in it's Mercy and Adam way. Finally the last scene in the book (relax I won't give it away) was so intense. WOW! Who would want a guy who felt like that about you?? I was so happy for Mercy that she finally got to that point!
Love this series can't wait for more!!!
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Yet again another Mercy Thompson book that is wonderful!