Welcome to Patricia Briggs’s world, a place where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist). It takes a very unusual woman to call it home—and there’s no one quite like Mercy Thompson.
By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so-human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won’t be Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after.
It’ll be her friends’.
Briggs makes a well-deserved move into hardcover with the rousing fourth adventure for kick-ass were-coyote auto mechanic Mercedes Thompson. Healing in body and spirit after the events of 2008's Iron Kissed, Mercy is preparing to marry alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman when an old friend asks her to help fend off a nasty ghost. It's a good time for Mercy to leave Portland, Ore.: vampire queen Marsilia is after her and her vampire friend Stefan for successfully hunting down a monster that should have killed them. Mercy leaves Adam to negotiate peace with Marsilia and heads to Spokane, Wash., to investigate the ghost, an unexpectedly complicated task. Though action supersedes characterization, the preternatural culture of vampire seethes and wolf pack politics is deeply intriguing. Briggs provides plenty of detail about Mercy's complex world without boring info-dumps, satisfying both new and longtime readers.
Ever changing, ever awesome
First werewolves, then vampires, then fae, now ghosts. Briggs keeps bringing fresh ideas and a fresh story to this fantastic series. The characters continue to grow and develop, especially Mercy in light of the events at the end of Iron Kissed (Book 3). This book presents a new challenge for Mercy and at the same time sees a resolution to a looming threat. Briggs does an excellent job of integrating the two main story lines as well as continuing to develop the relationship between Mercy and both Adam and Samuel. Many series fall into a formula by the fifth book, but Briggs keeps delivering fresh, new, exciting stories.
American mythology triumphs
I really like how Ms. Briggs confronts European magic with Native American magic. This fertile vein will provide many wonderful stories and I want to read them all.
Awesome story - Mercy is just learning about her legacy and learning how to connect with Adam without giving up who she is and what she values