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New Trouble For Mercy, She Gets Help From Old Friends
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
In book #11 of the Mercy Thompson series, Mercy, Adam, and the pack are on their own since being officially separated from the Marrok and the North American Werewolves. They have become essentially the knight protectors of the Tri Cities territory. When zombie farm animals start showing up and something catastrophic happens to an ally, Mercy and Adam realize a new kind of war is coming. One little coyote and the strong Columbia Basin Pack have much to do to thwart a group who does not want them to treat with the Grey Lords or facilitate the Fae and the US government coming to détente. This new to them enemy has considerable power and magic of a kind that is an anathema to all but the most evil of creatures.
With a high body count, this story has a darker tone than some of the previous books in the series and less of Mercy’s cheeky humor. Her relationship with Adam continues to strengthen even though much more strain and demands have been put on them since her declaration on that bridge to protect all the citizens of their territory, be they human or supernaturals. Fans of Stefan will be happy to see him helping Mercy; their relationship continues to be complicated because of the blood bond connection. The story focuses mainly on witches: white, grey, and black including how they produce their magic and gain power. As Adam and his workforce spend copious amounts of their time dealing with politics and politicians, Mercy takes the lead in figuring out where and who their problems are coming from with the help of Zee and his son, Tad, both of whom are also working in her newly reopened garage.
This far into the series, many relationships, friend and foe have been established and so with a new paradigm set for Mercy’s pack, those bonds become very important and the enemies more deadly. Mercy’s “father” Coyote is around but whether he is a help or hindrance always remains a big question. Readers will be glad more is revealed about the enigmatic Sherwood Post who has some surprising hidden talents. And the very creepy and powerful Wulfe comes out to play as well so there is a plenty of drama. As always, Mercy’s big heart and penchant for trouble provides readers a lot of action, adventure, and emotional turmoil to experience whether good, bad, or just plain scary, this book will take everyone on quite a journey.