Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
Written in first person, Fire Touched is the ninth book in the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. An urban fantasy novel featuring shapeshifters, the fae, and humans in a world where they’re all aware of each other, Fire Touched tells a riveting and intriguing story of murky alliances, questionable allies, and people trying to survive in a world on the brink of war.
The book follows Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman–or Mercy–and werewolf husband Adam whose pack is called upon to defeat a troll tearing apart a bridge. When they do they meet Aiden, a boy stolen from humanity centuries ago by the fae and who now seeks the pack’s protection. But Aiden isn’t just a lost boy–he’s fire touched, a gift given to him by Underhill that many of the fae want by any means necessary, even if that means tearing Aiden apart. Mercy and Adam see the boy as a possible means to cement peace between humanity and the fae, but as enemies close in one question lingers; if the pack protects Aiden from the fae, who’ll protect Aiden from himself?
The only urban fantasy novels that I’ve previously read have been the Magic Series by Ilona Andrews so I was interested to read a novel from a different author in this genre, especially as I’ve read few books that incorporate the fae–fairies–and I was interested to see how they were portrayed. What little I knew of the fae matched up with what I read in the book such as their magic being referred to as glamour. I also loved Briggs portrayal of werewolves which was different than most books I read. The pack structure was more complex and shifting forms could take as much as ten minutes–most books have it as an instant transformation.
I liked Mercy a great deal and found her dry wit and outlook on life to be incredibly entertaining. She doesn’t have the humor of Kate Daniels, but many of her internal comments had me cracking up all the same. Mercy is also a very kind and compassionate person and I found myself liking her more and more as the story went on.
As mentioned above, Fire Touched is the ninth book in the series. While you could read it without going through its predecessors first–I did–I recommend buckling down and reading the other eight novels first. The book does well in updating you on necessary information, but I felt as if I was missing things for the first two chapters. That’s not Briggs fault, it’s simply the result of not having the background information from reading the previous books.
I found Fire Touched to be an interesting take on the urban fantasy genre and look forward to the next book in the series. While things ended peacefully, they’re are enough detractors out there to make you wonder what’s next for Mercy and Adam. And what’s next for the boy whose fire touched?
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