Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage ‏@AceRocBooks ‏@BerkleyPub

Posted August 25, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 25 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage ‏@AceRocBooks ‏@BerkleyPub Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #13
Published by Ace on August 23, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance between the local vampires and werewolves is over.

So Mercy goes out to find her stalker—and discovers more than just Wulfe have disappeared. Someone is taking people from locked rooms, from the aisles of stores, and even from crowded parties. And these are not just ordinary people but supernatural beings. Until Wulfe vanished, all of them were powerless loners, many of whom quietly moved to the Tri-Cities in the hope that the safety promised by Mercy and Adam’s pack would extend to them as well.

Who is taking them? As Mercy investigates, she learns of the legend of the Harvester, who travels by less-trodden paths and reaps the souls that are ripe with a great black scythe

I chose the Mercy Thompson series for the Read-along in 2020 and it was an amazing reread for me.  With complex plots and mysteries, along with many great characters it was helpful to read from the beginning, all the books close together rather than a year apart.  In 2021, we had a book in the companion series, Alpha & Omega, which features Charles & Anna. So now almost two years later, we continue with Mercy.

She and the pack are dealing with the fallout from her declaring the pack would be the protector, the battle with the black witches including Elizaveta, and the continuing unease of the seethe with Bonorata.   Everything including Sherwood’s memory comes to a head with a knockout blow.

The action came swift and brutal.  There are plenty of problems and they all seem deadly.   I don’t know if it is because we are in Mercy’s point of view but it feels like Mercy drives everything, leads, and solves everything.   Adam is with her and they do communicate well but sometimes it feels he is just there on the side.   Zee continues to provide Mercy with education and insight on both car mechanics and the fae.

The world-building and plot are as detailed and incredible as always.  There’s bits of information revealed about Sherwood, things in the pack,  Jesse’s situation, the seethe, Zee and Tad, and even Samuel.   As urban fantasy with long on-going plots, I would not start here.  I would read the series starting at the beginning.  I loved the furthering of information and more development of the characters.   There wasn’t as much humor as I sometimes find.  But Kyle and Ben never let me down.

“It has not been my experience that owners of new cars read their manuals unless their names are Kyle.”

I felt unsettled during my read.  There are many things not resolved.  The pack is in a precarious position with Mercy’s claim to protect the area.  Underhill is an ongoing threat.   Sherwood will always be kind of a question mark.  Bonorata is not going to let things go.  As a vampire, he will be there to upset things indefinitely. I don’t see easy solutions to the issues, so I’m relieved the author is much smarter than me.


About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Posted August 25, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 25 Comments

25 responses to “Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

  1. Jen

    Unsettled is a good word! While I felt the pack was stronger than ever, there are so many threats that should provide a unifying force for the books to come. I also cannot wait to see what happens with the “bomb” dropped at the end of Wild Signs – I’d love a crossover book!!

    • yes while the pack is working together I don’t feel like anything got resolved here. Although maybe Wulfe will be more on their side? I have my doubts. At least we learned some things. I think at this point they are all kind of crossover books a bit. But I guess Bran, Charles and Anna were not in this one at all.

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  2. There are a lot of things at play in the universe right now and I cannot wait to see how the author handles everything. I do love Mercy, Adam, and the rest of the pack and was thrilled that Zee and Tad played big roles in this book.

  3. Urban fantasy is not my go-to genre, but after loving The Others series by Anne Bishop a few years ago I found myself open to exploring more (hence my recent delve into the Psy-Changeling series). I’ve seen so many raves for this series by Briggs that maybe it should be the next series I tackle. It can be a bit frustrating when so much is left unresolved but hopefully more answers are coming in the next book.

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  4. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing your review of Soul Taken, Anne, I can’t wait to read it!