by Patricia Briggs
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 342 (hardcover)
Publication: March 2013
Goodreads Summary: Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more .
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Review: I've been a fan of this series from the beginning, love Mercy as a heroine, truly enjoy the cast of characters Briggs has created and the way they interact with each other. The deeper insight into Mercy and Adam's relationship was one of the high points of this book for me and I enjoyed seeing them grow in their respective roles, both within the pack and with each other. We also received quite a bit of new information about beloved characters: the design, and reason behind same, of Kyle and Warren's home; a more detailed explanation of Kyle's devotion to family law; the reason behind the stalemate in Sylvia and Tony's relationship... All of this information was interesting if not entirely necessary to the story.
While everyone who has read my reviews knows I'm largely a character driven reader, the slow reveal of the supernatural world Briggs has brought to life in these books has kept me intrigued and turning the pages just as much as each book's individual story line. That didn't happen for me this time; I feel I know less about Mercy's world after this book. The plot seemed to jump around more than usual and left me confused. The storyline was impossible for me to follow and seemed forced, not a natural happening caused by the interaction of so many different supernatural beings. The combination of fae strategies, vampire politics, werewolf rules and pack disputes left me dazed and confused. There was an overload of characters, many of whom didn't seem to have any part in the actual storyline, which only added to the confusion. Even when the machinations were explained I still felt as if I'd missed something.
I enjoyed the book overall, but that was due to specific scenes and characters not the complete story. I look forward to the next installment in this series, and truly hope that the confusion and dissatisfaction I felt upon finishing this story was merely a fluke and the next will pull me even deeper into the fascinating world Briggs has crafted and filled with such likable characters.
Rating: 3 stars