Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the number-one New York Times best-selling series.
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, what passes for 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. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam's disappearance may be related - and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 05, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,194 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I’m not sure I love it quite as much as my original thoughts below, but I do love this book still. Mercy and Adam are, as always, amazing. And we even get a couple of chapters from Adam’s point-of-view! He’s much calmer in his head than I might have expected, but Mercy gives a very good reason for that in this book, and it makes sense. I love Adam, completely.
There’s not a whole lot of a chance to figure out who the baddie is in this book until it’s revealed to you – and that’s probably my only complaint. I like to have the opportunity to determine what is going on, and who is calling the shots. Even if I never can figure it out (and there’ve been a few books out there that have thoroughly stumped me – I love those the best), being able to see the breadcrumbs on re-reads is a real pleasure for me.
I didn’t remember as much of this book as some of the previous books in the series, and that’s probably because this is only the third time I’ve read this book. Still, I didn’t see the clues I was hoping for throughout the story.
Even despite that, I love this book. The first obstacle (as Mercy calls it, her ‘triage’ of the situation) is fraught with suspense. I love this part of the book even though there’s a ton of worry in my head for all these characters that I love. And there’s a huge heartbreak that I can feel in my chest, still. The second, and in truth – real, obstacle is … scary. I can’t say more than that for fear of revealing any of the truth, but it scared the hell out of me. And scared me more that Mercy decided to fight that fight. She speaks the truth when she says that all that is required for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing, but she’s so damn vulnerable! I don’t like my heroines invulnerable, but I’d love it if Mercy could find some mithril armor or something.
Also, I loved all the geekish references throughout the book. They added some much-needed levity in very scary and wrenching moments.
This book is another excellent addition to the series, and I can’t wait to continue my re-read.
I have two minor complaints as a whole with this series:
1. Patricia Briggs ends the books REALLY abruptly. It’s not cliff-hanger-abruptly, usually, but I always feel like I could have used a couple extra pages of denouement to bring me down off the high of the climax.
2. In order for Mercy to fight the ‘big-bad’ at the end, Adam is ALWAYS taken out of commission somehow. Probably because he’s so much stronger, physically, and able to take on damn near anything. But after several books it just starts to … become noticeable.
Still – an great book in a series that I absolutely love.
But there is a time skip of at least a few months since this book starts on the day after Thanksgiving with an accident, followed quickly by a sinister plot
Mercy's car is crushed and she's hurt, but when she tries to call someone to come and pick up her and Jessie...no one answers. Not one pack member is available to answer the phone, which is concerning. A veiled msg from Bran makes her even more worried and from there the problems just seem to explode. Adam and all of the pack have been stolen away and Mercy, with her mate bond is the only one that can find them.
Luckily she's able to avoid the attempt to catch her and Jessie and is able to stash the teenager some place safe so she can get down to business and save her pack. This time she doesn't have her usual crew to help, instead she has Tad, a half-fae college student, A Dominant wolf from Bran's pack that she barely knows, and Stefan--who is no longer the close friend he once was.
The kidnapping feels like it's been done before but it does give Mercy the chance to try out some new Coyote-powers to protect the pack. And being in a battle Royale on the same side as Marsillia was unexpected. I enjoyed having Asil cross over from the Omega books too.
I can't really say what it was about this one that fell flat. Maybe it was the time skip, maybe it was the death of a pack member that felt both forced and underutilized. Maybe it was just the come down of seeing her back in her home locale facing the same problems of vampires, fae, and pack members who don't like her.
There were still plenty of twists and I really enjoyed it, just not as much as the last one.
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In this book, unknown forces have kidnapped Adam, 95% of his wolves and are on the hunt for Mercy, his coyote mate and Adam’s daughter, Jesse.
This one is very fast-paced as Adam strives to protect his wolves and refuse to kill an anti-werewolf senator, whilst Mercy is on the run with Jesse, young Gabriel and new wolf Asil; sent in Bran’s stead.
Asil is a great addition to the series; strong, deadly, a reputation preceding him, sexy in a scary way and a wry sense of humour.
He also shows himself to be incredibly loyal.
Tad, Zee’s son is coming into his own, as is young Gabriel.
There’s a lot going on in this book, espionage and counter espionage, Blood, fights and loss.
It ends in what feels like a new and continuing story arc involving the tri-Supernaturals in the Tri State area.
And Mercy, as always, is a stunning strength amidst the chaos.
I really enjoyed this book - in fact, it may be one of my favourites. I don't know what it was that made it stand out to me - Mercy having to be stand-in Alpha while Adam is missing? Finding out exactly how strong her and Adam's relationship is? Mercy getting more in touch with her coyote self? Or Ben?
Yes, Ben. I like Ben - gawd help me, but I do. There's something about Ben that always makes me think of Karl Marsten from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series - and there is something likeable about Karl, just as there's something likeable about Ben. We get to see more of him come out as the series goes on.
I'll admit, I was getting a bit unimpressed with this series. Don't get me wrong, I still pre-ordered this but I haven't been looking forward to the last couple of books as I used to. I'm very impressed with this book and am glad it's rekindled my feelings for the series. I'm looking forward to the next one and can only hope that Briggs keeps the series on the up.
Briggs has given Mercy a little bit of her mojo back. The part that always gets her into trouble and makes her believe she is indestructible. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't all about her relationship with Adam. This book was a lot more like the first ones, more about Mercy and how she balances her world of fae, vamp and shifter friends.
In this book she uses the Coyote or does Coyote use her, to help the pack whilst they are in dire need. That event seems to imply a whole new ballgame when it comes to her abilities. So much so that even the vamps have started to regard her in a completely different light.
It was nice to see Stefan back in her life and indeed this plot has her knee deep in trouble with the vamp Queen herself.
Briggs mentions in the afterword that she has two native German speakers helping her with the German. This was something that always niggled me in the previous books, but this one is spot on. Both in terms of language and the way Briggs uses it in the scenes.
I felt that some of the sub-plots were just left up in the air. What happened to the assassin on the Senators detail for instance. A lot of it seemed rushed through, which is it not at all Briggs usual style.
So where do we go from here? Is there a war brewing? Are the Grey Lords planning a takeover or is the greater threat still the militants that oppose the supernaturals.
This has left me with a lot of unanswered questions, but that also means many areas of development for another Mercy book.
Mercy married Adam, the alpha of the Tri-cities werewolf pack, a couple of books ago which makes her second to the boss, despite the fact that she's not a werewolf herself. Protect the pack is always the imperative, so when the pack, Adam included, is mysteriously snatched, drugged and held captive by some government agency Mercy, along with one foul-mouthed, escaped, injured werewolf and Jesse, Adam's daughter, are the only ones who can do anything about it. But the pack has friends and Mercy sets about recruiting a few more people to help including recurring characters Steafan the vampire, Zee, the fae ironsmith, with his son, Tad, and Azil, the Moor, a very old, powerful, but somewhat unstable werewolf sent by Bran, Mercy's foster-father and the head of all the werewolves in North America. It was nice to see Azil again, as we've previously met him in the crossover 'Alpha and Omega' series and he's an intriguing character.
Patricia Briggs is one of my favourite authors. This urban fantasy series is well-grounded in the real world and you can almost taste the grease on the engine and smell the burnt rubber on the road. If characters make mistakes there are consequences and no one is infallible, even Adam, though he tries hard to be.
Highly recommended, but don't start here. You need to read the rest of the series.