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Thursday, January 28, 2016

REVIEW: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

*Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a review*

Expected publication: March 8, 2016

In Fire Touched, Briggs' 9th book in the Mercy Thompson series, fae and human tensions are at an all time high.  When Mercy, her husband Adam and the werewolf pack are tasked with stopping a rampaging troll, they discover some lost friends and a powerful new stranger, Aiden (a centuries old human stuck in a child's body), whose time spent in Underhill has left him fire touched. The fae want nothing more than to reacquire Aiden to suit their own purposes; however, Mercy offers him protection in their territory, which complicates an already tricky situation.

Fire Touched is very much a political novel.  Mercy, Adam and the pack have to navigate some precarious situations.  The pack animosity against Mercy finally comes to a head with Adam laying down martial law. This declaration seems to help ease tensions on one front; however, Mercy's pledge of safe haven to Aiden leads to some expected but harsh punishment from the Marrok.  Now declared a rogue pack, the group is thrust into the public eye, is high on the government's radar and must navigate a slippery slope to keep their home safe.

This is an exciting book with plenty of action.  The troll rampage on the bridge is brilliant! Aiden is rather creepy but I like the development happening as he interacts with Mercy and her family. It was great to see Zee and Tad back as well. The fae always make for interesting villains and I just adore Baba Yaga.  While there might be a truce for now, I can see Briggs shifting the series for a new arc of storytelling since the pack is still on its own and their territory is now a supposedly neutral zone for the fae and other supernaturals.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Follow the author on Twitter: @Mercys_Garage



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