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Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #11
Published by Ace on May 7, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter . . . And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it.
As with every book in the Mercy Thompson series, I love the excellent character development, and the complexity and layers of plot. There is also a touch of humor. Mercy is an amazing character with spirit, compassion and intelligence. (We are doing a Read-along of this series next year, so please join us starting in January.)
So to give you the gist without spoiling, we learn more about witches and goblins. There is an upcoming meeting between the fae and the humans. Adam’s company is providing security and Mercy is the liason between the two groups. Coyote has some different ideas of what Mercy should do. Some bad guys want to take all the power. Oh and Wulfe, Wulfe!, ends up on the good guy side.
“What are you thinking?” I asked. “What idiot would put me in charge of a government meeting? I can’t organize a pack barbecue without Kyle. Why isn’t someone else doing it? Marsilia? Or one of the fae? Or one of the government people? I bet they do this all the time.”
As is often the case, Mercy is on her own while Adam is busy with his work. Their relationship is so solid and when they do interact it is satisfying (I’m not just talking about sex.) Mercy is busy fighting fires of one sort or another with some pack members, Zee and Tad, with a bit of vampire on the side.
My cell went off again. But the caller ID was blocked and my policy was that I didn’t pickup on blocked-ID calls just after I got off the hook for a nonpaying government job I didn’t want.
Storm Cursed is incredible! There is nothing to dislike from the additional world-building, to character growth and development, to layers of connected plot lines, and on to exciting action! It’s no surprise this is one of my favorite series. I’ll be thrilled for more next year with Smoke Bitten!
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