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Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Title: Frost Burned

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #7)

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Format: Paperback, 308 Pages

ISBN-10: 044102002X (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0441020027 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Mercy’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman 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 a traffic accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack. They’ve all been abducted. Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

Quick & Dirty: Adam and the pack are kidnapped, can Mercy find a way to help them?

Opening Sentence: “You should have brought the van.” said my stepdaughter.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Mercy is out shopping on Black Friday with Jesse when they get into a car accident. It’s not that bad, but she knows that something is off because they can’t get ahold of any of anyone in the pack. Not Adam, not Darryl, and that is unusual. When they arrive at her garage they find Ben (who has been hurt) and Gabriel hiding there waiting for them.  Through Ben, Mercy finds out that the pack was kidnapped.

She brings Jesse to Gabriel’s mother house and stashes them with her because she feels with the rift between Gabriel and his mother it is the last place anyone will look for them. Then Mercy and Ben ride out to find out what happened to Kyle. With a little help from Stephen, they take care of the problems at Kyle’s house. Through the pack bond and with a reminder from Coyote Mercy is able to do something to help Adam and the pack.

Mercy finds out that they don’t know who all the players involved are, and just when she thinks she has one part figured out something else happens. As things begin to spiral out of control will Mercy be able to find Adam and the rest of the pack? Will she be able to stay alive while doing it?

As each book progresses I love how she ties in all the players. For awhile it seemed like the werewolves and the fae would be big players in the series. But Patricia keeps finding ways to bring them all in and weaves them expertly together. Plus, I seriously love how Mercy continues to grow and find new things out about herself and what she is capable of. That is hands down one of my favorite things in a series is to see the main character grow and become more powerful as the series goes on.

I also love how the pack continues to grow in their own way and become more and more like family. In the first books Ben is such a tool, but along the way he is one of the first to completely embrace Mercy and Kyle.  I really enjoy how there is a layer of things going on, and when you peel back one layer and think you have figured out what is going on you find that there is so much more than you thought. This series is amazing and if you aren’t reading it, go forth and start now!

Notable Scene:

He didn’t  understand what Mercy had done. No, that wasn’t quite true–she’d taken the silver poisoning his body into herself. He understood that was how the pack bonds worked for her, that she saw things in symbols and pictures while he smelled things. Samuel had once told him that he and Bran both heard music. What he didn’t understand was how she’d used the pack bonds and magic to do the impossible.

Mercy Thompson Series:

1. Moon Called

2. Blood Bound

3. Iron Kissed

4. Bone Crossed

5. Silver Borne

6. River Marked

7. Frost Burned

8. Night Broken

9. Fire Touched

10. Silence Fallen

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FTC Advisory: ACE/Penguin provided me with a copy of Frost Burned. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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