Fire Touched

Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched
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Brilliance Audio
Release Date
March 2016
Book 9 of Mercy Thompson
Urban Fantasy

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as "a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself."* Now she's back, and she'll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it's the children who suffer...

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 03, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
54 people found the following review helpful
4 "Its a Brave New World" Stars for the story and 5 stars for the narration!

True to form, Mercy Thompson proves what she does best in FIRE TOUCHED. That is, fight for those who need protection--no matter what the cost. Perhaps even more surprising is the lengths to which Adam goes in this new installment to show his support for the woman he loves. And, as always, rounding out this delicious, suspense, and action filled urban fantasy is Lorelei King's superb narration.

Please note this series must be read in order, and the below review may contain spoilers for prior books in the series. If you have not yet made your way all the way to FIRE TOUCHED, book 9 (and I suggest you quickly remedy that!), please see my review for the applicable title you are presently on.

Tensions among and between the various supernatural beings and the humans inhabiting Mercy Thompson's world are definitely running hot. FIRE TOUCHED does a fantastic job of combining all of these supernatural forces (fae, vampires, trolls, and shifters) that have been introduced in previous books to bring this urban fantasy suspense-filled plot to a new power struggle quandary which could have very devastating consequences for everyone, including Mercy and Adam and their pact.

Adding further heat to the fire is the return of Adam's human ex-wife (Christy). As those of you who read Night Broken (Book 8) know, there is no love lost between Mercy and Christy--and Christy doesn't seem totally over Adam or the safety that being an alpha's mate could provide her.

Can Mercy do "the right thing" and protect the love of her life, his ex-wife, and her pack? Moreover, will Adam stick with Mercy when it could mean the end of his world as he has ever previously known it?

Ms. Lorelei King's narration further complements the story. Providing an incredible consistency of voice for the multitude of characters that have been previously introduced in the prior 8 books, Ms. King manages to personify and be the voice of many of these characters who once again reappear in FIRE TOUCHED. Not only does this make it remarkably easy to know which character is talking--even without having to rely on dialogue tags--but it gives the listener the comfortable feeling of settling in to a well loved story where the characters make one feel like one is coming home again to a well-loved and secret fantasy world, making it seamless to just sit back and enjoy Ms. Briggs' clever and action-packed story.

All in all, lovers of the Mercy Thompson series will not want to miss this latest installment. Additionally, I believe it is pivotal if you want to continue with this series to listen to FIRE TOUCHED as a number of potentially series changing events take place ensuring that an understanding of future books will necessarily necessitate listening to this one.

Incredibly after 9 books, I'm still in it for the long-haul. I can't wait for book 10, Silence Fallen. My only lament is that I will have to wait until next year to listen to it as the expected publication is 2017!
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