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- Print Length: 351 pages
- Publisher: Ace (March 17, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2020
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07V65S57Y
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a fan, most will read it anyway and judge for yourself, but strap yourself in for 250 pages ... it advertises it’s 351 pages, but can’t be right at 4300 kindle locations, of domestic despair, secret keeping, and pretty much a one woman show with limited interaction with any characters. Many of our favorites including Wulfe, Stefan, Warren, Tad, Zee and even Adam who’s storyline was supposed to be major, were hardly in the book and Mercy is left to solve all the mysteries and triumph over them on her own. A lot of filler was also thrown in, including the overused and extremely tired Christy drama, even though Christy isn’t even in the book, and every danger or peril lacked danger or peril. We’re told people got themselves into situations but they were managed outside of what’s happening in the story and for the rest, all the major characters were on lock down and completely missing. I will always read a Mercy Thompson story, but they are best when Mercy is fully integrated and actively working with the characters we all have grown to love. There was a return of a beloved character in this installment, but no explanations for it. Overall, this book set up some agenda and mysteries that will likely unfold in the next installment, but on its own, it fell flat.
Now here I sit, wondering how I could enjoy this so much after so many books and still be really anticipating what comes next because Wulfe, Sherwood, and Bran still hold so many secrets. I often burn out on long series. But not this one. This is exceptional writing.
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There is a strong element of romance in the series with but it’s not PNR ( paranormal Romance often interchangeable with urban fantasy but in PNR storyline and plot take a back seat to romance and bodice ripping ) indeed this and the Dresden files are probably the best and among the longest running urban fantasy series around especially if your into continuity and you like slow burn romances there’s the occasional sex scene but nothing graphic the violence is moderate but the books have dealt with some dark themes such as sexual assault but by and large it’s one of the more hopeful and feel good series out there with a emphasis on found family and the bonds of friendship the series itself is definitely worth checking out but most of the books don’t work on a stand-alone basis so please start at book one Moon Called and go from there.
For those who have been following the series this is another great entry even if it’s mainly setup on several fronts with hints being dropped that changes are happening on the Fae front with underhill, the living personification of the lands of faerie, beginning to make moves both subtle and overt and the Hardesty Witches still around in the back ground and the pack still feeling the fall out from there promise to act as the Tri Cities guardians and their Official estrangement from the Marrok, over lord of all American were wolves, Bran as such there wasn’t a whole lot of movement in the main plot lines but a lot of minor plot lines ext lining into place. It also went a bit smoother then the last book, which I still thought was a great read, since it didn’t have to establish and ret con the witch mythology and magic for them becoming a bigger part of the series, while there was a new villain in a escapee from underhill.
The bigger part of the story was Mercy and Adam dealing with the fall out from the last book both literal and mystical and as always it was the myriad of characters and there interactions that were the real joy.
It’s Ben , tad, zee, honey, sherwood, Wolfe, Aiden underhill ext that are the real joy with relationships that have become satisfyingly complex as the series has gone on moreover this is a series where things change, characters grow and develop and with the groundwork being laid for what promises to be a huge maybe even apocalyptic conflict of some sort down the series line somehow this series which is 12 books in has managed to stay fresh and interesting now that’s real magic.
Anyhoo, things are not all sweetness and light at the pack house. Adam's ex-wife is creating tension and Mercy is getting the blame, unfairly. To escape the tension Mercy wanders off to her old home and encounters the ghost of her near neighbour, who apparently has just been murdered. Soon Mercy is on the trail of an entity which bites its victims, forces them to kill innocents and then assumes their bodies for a short period.
But this being Mercy she isn't just hunting down a dangerous creature, oh no, she is also trying to understand what is wrong in her marriage, deal with a stalker, fend off an attempted coup by another pack, cope with a doorway to Underhill on her land, and hold together what is left of her own pack.
I liked this but I didn't love it. It felt shorter than usual (352 pages which is about the same as the last couple) and less intense than other books. Having said that, I am totally chuffed with myself that I put the clues together (can't say more than that because spoilers), which I NEVER do with Mercy Thompson books. So maybe this is one of those slightly more humdrum books in the series, yanno after the drama of the witches and Elizaveta in the last one.
I'm glad this book focused on Mercy and Adam. While the day and the vampires are cool, I really enjoyed that this book was more 'slice of life', even if there was a scary monster to beat.
My heart broke for Adam. I blame Christy for this mess. She told Adam for years that he was a monster and he believed it. I'm so glad it's all worked out though, Adam deserves to be happy.
Mercy was great in this book. I think she's one of my all time favourite characters. I love that she saved the wolves and Adam, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Sometimes a series that has gone on this long gets stale, convoluted or (worse) predictable. I opened this one with trepidation, would this be the book that starts the decline?
No, not in the slightest, not one iota. Smoke Bitten is a fantastic story and gives so much in the way of character development and plot. It fleshes-out areas of Mercy's world, thoughts and relationships, answers questions I didn't know I had, draws more mystery for future books and has some scenes of such beauty and clarity that they will stay with you. As always there are plenty of moments of fun and sweetness amongst the adventure. It's beautifully balanced.
Thank you Patricia Briggs, this one feels like it was fun to write, it was definitely fun to read.
Mercy, (although a fictional character) is like a well loved but distant friend, one I don't get to visit enough. I am delighted to catch up with all her trials and tribulations with each and every book. I occasionally think of her in my normal everyday life that does not contain quite such larger than life hunks and horrors. I root for her and those she loves. I will admit to a certain dampness of my eyes when she is in pain.
If you have yet to meet Mercy and all her band of (how did I say it ) Hunks and Horrors I encourage you not to hesitate you really will not regret it!
I can't day much due to spoilers, but I followed through the story really convinced that the characters were really feeling how they were, totally true to their characters and feelings.
They act and feel and think like real, authentic people. Most non-fantasy authors can't get that perfect. To achieve that AND be convincing in a world with magic too? That's what makes Patricia Briggs so good.
This book in the series is thrilling, captivating and full of imagination and magic.. I could live off Mercy books - they're always fantastic..
All I have to say further is read the book and enjoy!
Five amazing stars!! *****
If you are new to the Mercy Thompson series you have to start with the first book, enjoy!