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Fire Touched (A Mercy Thompson Novel) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2017
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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?
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“The world building is incredibly lush and subsuming...a fantastic urban fantasy adventure.”—Fresh Fiction
“A brilliantly plotted and paced book...Fire Touched is fresh and game-changing.”—Dear Author
“The characters are all realistic and vibrant.”—The Independent
“Briggs’ careful and layered building of both her world and her characters is an iron-clad guarantee of an outstanding read! Fans will love this one!”—RT Book Reviews
More Praise for the Mercy Thompson Novels
“I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns…It left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The best new urban fantasy series I’ve read in years.”—Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”—Locus
“Action-packed and with more than a few satisfying emotional payoffs...Patricia Briggs at the top of her game.”—The Speculative Herald
“These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns.”—SFRevu
“Outstanding.”—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
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- Publisher : Ace; Reissue edition (January 31, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425256294
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425256299
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.83 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #151,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fire Touched was much more action filled than many of the previous books in the Mercy Thompson series and moved at a quick and steady pace, but I just kept thinking WTF? Fire Touched just did not seem to keep true to who I always felt Mercy was and IS. Character growth in Urban Fantasy is something that this genre does phenomenally well and yet I just feel like Mercy is losing her “stuff”. Mercy grew up with the freakin’ Marrok. The dang Alpha of Alphas..the master at werewolf politics, so why did Mercy continue to not understand (until it was drawn in kindergarten crayons) how her actions affected everyone else. This just didn’t fit at all. There is no way anyone could justify the level of ignorance Mercy displayed multiple times in Fire Touched.
Briggs , as always, does a brilliant job at creating vividly haunting new creatures, unforgettable characters and epic moments. The deeper look inside of the fae innerworkings was a great element in this installment and added a lot to the overall story. I am so conflicted! Part of me loved the action and world and the other part is weeping for why my favorite bad-ass mechanic is suddenly acting like an idiot. And this entire ex-wife thing with Christie has to stop. BOUNDARIES, I would think Mr. Military britches would get it.
As you can see, I am a little of two minds. My frustrations were high throughout Fire Touched, but this is still a world that could fill endless hours of conversations with fellow readers.
I rate Fire Touched 3 out of 5 Bullets!
I purchased this book (twice..technically) and also received this book directly from the publisher for the purpose of providing an honest review.
I adore this series and this story started out with a great scene...a giant troll on the bridge that brings the pack and Mercy into the very public spotlight as they work together to defeat the troll...and eventually become heroes for humankind. Who knew they would eventually end up here? Mercy, as usual, rocks...and I adore that Adam finally, finally stood up for her and how the pack is treating her. Gah...I hate the way they continue to treat her as an outsider when she's done so much for them. (I kind of love her.)
This story brought about some interesting changes for the pack and Mercy and Adam's life. I have to say although I get it, I was shocked by Bran's actions. :( But Tad and Zee are back in this book and I love that. (This is a very fae-focused story...which isn't my favorite, but I liked how things are evolving.)
There was also the change of an addition of a new character to Mercy and Adam's world. I love Aiden and how he pulls Jesse into the story more. I also giggled every time there was a new fire at the house. Those scenes made me giggle every time...including the one that makes it into the next book (shh, yes, I immediately read the next book after I read "the end" on this one...even though that review won't go up until the March release...but here's a spoiler for you...I give it an A+).
I love this series and world. It just gets better and better. Love the Mercy Thompson world.
Once again Mercy and her mate Adam find themselves caught up in a squabble between supernaturals. This time, the Fae.
In a rush of adrenaline after a fight with a troll, Mercy and her trusty walking stick, make a statement proclaiming protection for those entering the packs territory.
As it turns out the first one in need of sanctuary is a young boy. Who looks human enough, but seems to be hiding some pretty big secrets as well.
This starts a long and drawn out trek into Fae politics. Necessary, but problematic on several fronts.
This story took us out of the pack, and threw us right in the middle of the Fae world. I liked finally getting some answers about what really goes on behind the scenes in the Fae realm. But the Fae do nothing without lots of protocol and rules.
I loved having Zee and Tad back. Zee in all his Fae glory is truly amazing, and truly frightening.
I love Aiden. He is unique as a character. The body of a ten year old boy, the experience and longevity of an ancient being. But having no clue how to deal with the modern world. His interactions with Jesse were hilarious.
I loved seeing the two new pack members, brought in in the last book, doing better. I think Aiden will be a huge help for Joel.
I loved Adam finally stepping up for Mercy with the pack. It was long over due.
I was not happy with Bran and what he did to the pack and to Mercy. I understand why he did it, but he had to know how it would affect Mercy.
Adam’s ex wife, she just needs to go away.
I will miss the walking stick. It has come to Mercy’s aid on more than one occasion, and in its own way been a comfort for her.
Overall a good book, not my favorite of the series but well worth reading.
On to the next book.
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This was such an amazing read - I feel like all the various threads of this series have finally come together in an explosive story full of graphic action and political intrigue.
Mercy is more confident than we’ve seen her before. Her various roles and alliances put her at the centre of conflict between the werewolves and the fae as she proves herself a pretty badass leader.
I love the way Mercy and Adam’s relationship continues to evolve. She is finally owning her position as Adam’s mate and they feel more like equal partners than they ever have before.
At one point in this story, Mercy makes an impassioned speech about power. For me, it was one of those moments when a book escapes genre and becomes social commentary. Mercy’s power has been hard won and I enjoyed watching her expertly navigate politics in a way she couldn’t have managed only a few years earlier.
This is one of my all time favourite series. I somehow missed the two most recent books and I love that this one was even better than I’d anticipated.
Mercy and the pack attempt to protect someone who they see as vulnerable but others do not agree and soon they find themselves isolated and in great danger. The strength of the book is Mercy's willingness to do what is right as well as the strong bond they have between them and the pack. It is good to see a stable relationship at the centre of an urban fantasy book and also to see that although Mercy may appear weak in comparison to the wolves she actually has considerable strength. As the books progress other members of the pack become stronger and more a part of the storyline as well Mercy's friends and acquaintances.
It's an excellent story and the author has really created a world which seems plausible - if, of course, the supernatural really did exist. This is because she is really writing about people (people who can become furry, of course) and about relationships and she never lets the intricacies of the world she has created get in the way of excellent storytelling.
FIRE TOUCHED ist mittlerweile das neunte Abenteuer mit Mercy Thompson und Patricia Briggs kann wieder begeistern.
In FIRE TOUCHED liegt der Fokus stark auf den Fae und der Konflikt, der schon praktisch die ganze Serie über geschwelt hat, kommt nun offen zum Ausbruch. Wir erfahren mehr über die Gray Lords, vor allem über Beauclaire, und auch Zee und Tad sind sehr wichtig für die Handlung. Auch Underhill spielt eine zentrale Rolle und die Beweggründe der Fae, sich in die Reservate zurückzuziehen, werden offen gelegt. Auch innerhalb der Werwölfe kommt es zu einigen Veränderungen und Bran macht eine Ankündigung, die das Schicksal von Adams Werwölfen grundlegend verändert. Die Handlung ist spannend aber insgesamt etwas weniger actionlastig, was mich allerdings überhaupt nicht gestört hat, und sie mündet in einem sehr befriedigenden Finale. Ich bin auf jeden Fall gespannt, wie sich die Dinge im nächsten Buch entwickeln.
Über die Figuren in FIRE TOUCHED brauche ich wohl nicht mehr viele Worte verlieren. Mercy, Adam, Warren, Darryl, Jesse, Honey, Ben, Tad und Zee sind mittlerweile wie alte Freunde und liebenswert wie eh und je. Ich glaube, ich habe das schon einmal in einer Rezension zu einem der Vorgängerbände geschrieben, aber ich wiederhole es: Ich liebe es, dass Patricia Briggs in Mercys und Adams Beziehung auf künstliche Dramen und Aufreger verzichtet und einfach eine liebevolle Beziehung auf Augenhöhe beschreibt. Ich liebe außerdem die kleinen Einblicke, die wir in Mercys Alltagsleben und ihre Beziehungen bekommen, von denen es in FIRE TOUCHED einige gibt.
Alles in allem hat mich FIRE TOUCHED wieder völlig begeistert. Ich freue mich bereits auf den nächsten Band! Sehr empfehlenswert!
I think its as good as Frost Burned and a little better than Night Broken. It starts with a major fae related incident leading to Mercy and her trusty walking stick declaring the Tri cities as a safety zone under the protection of the pack. Mercy and the pack then find themselves alone fighting Fae politics to protect a child stolen by the Fae centuries earlier.
So why did I enjoy it so much? I found the story well paced, there was no temptation to say "get on with it", and at long last Adam tells the pack to stop the carping over Mercy. Not before time, that part of the overall story arc was getting tedious.
This book moves us along well in the Fae/human conflict, the characters grow and are changed by circumstances just like real life. There are some sad moments, we lose a character, Mercy faces rejection and realises that she has Adam to make it ok. Once again the story is about right and wrong and honour.
For anyone who has read the previous books this is a must read, for those that haven't, this is not for you yet. Start at the beginning with Moon Called and read your way forward.