‘Frost Burned’ is book seven in the ‘Mercy Thompson’ series, which is thankfully still going strong. That being said, there are bound to be spoilers in this review so I suggest not reading it until you’re fully caught up on the series. You can thank me later for prompting you to read this fantastic series.
This time Mercy is on her own as someone has had the audacity to steal her pack, some might say the stupidity as well given how the book progresses and our previous knowledge of Mercy and her werewolf family. Given that Mercy now has to rescue the werewolf pack and keep Jesse (the human daughter of the alpha wolf) safe, she has to turn to some people she really does not want to, including the local vampire seethe. Luckily, she also seems to still have some friends within the Fae, even though they have all had to retreat to their reservations due to some adverse publicity as to how they treat humans.
Can I suggest that you do not start this book with the same intention I did, to just read a couple of pages and then put it down to get on with your life. You will not be able to put it down until you have read the last page, trust me on this. This is fast-paced book that will hold your attention from the first page, even when you’re not reading it, you will want to be reading it to find out what the heck is going on!
I simply love these books! I don’t know how Patricia Briggs does it but she seems to be able to keep the series fresh even now at book seven. By now, there is something in most other series that has started to annoy me but, in this series, I just keep on loving the books and cannot wait for the next one to come out. These books are in my opinion as good as urban fantasy can get, they are all fresh and new feeling, the characters all move on with their lives so you don’t get tangled in some ridiculous love triangle for book after book, they are all well plotted. The pacing is always excellent as the books zoom along, but there’s nothing gratuitous in the plot just to get things moving, everything makes sense and has a place in the books.
I enjoyed seeing Mercy mature as the Alpha’s mate (sorry, Mercy, I know you hate being called that, it does sound like a chess move!), she really came into her own using the various different links she has to both Adam and to the pack. She uses the power of the Alpha to ensure that people do as she says, it gives her that little bit more oomph behind her voice. She also used her link to Adam to do some really interesting rescuing that no-one seems to understand as yet, so this could be something interesting for the future. Sorry, that’s a little ambiguous but I don’t want to spoil that element in the book for you.
My only issue with this particular book is the chapters that we get from Adam’s point of view. Now I understand why they are there, as a lot of the time Mercy and Adam are separate, and we wouldn’t be able to understand a lot of what goes on without seeing Adam’s side. However, I found them a little tricky to read as Briggs chose to write them in the first person which I felt jarred against the Mercy chapters. However, I did enjoy seeing things from Adam’s point of view for a little while just wasn’t a fan of the first person.
I can’t say enough good things about this series and I want to keep reading them as soon as the next new book comes out.
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(pub: Orbit, 2013. 340 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-798-3)