Release Date: First published March 5, 2013 / Audio unabridged edition released by Penguin Audio on March 5, 2013
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 340 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 10 hours
Narrator: Lorelei King
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: July 9, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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, 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. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
How does a pack of werewolves get kidnapped? Let's just say a case of identity confusion and drugs. One would assume that you'd need to drug a werewolf to catch it without being killed in the process. How in the would someone drug a wolf? You've got to read the book to find that out! There's also a new wolf sent in by Bram to help with the disaster at hand. The wolf is actually very old and powerful, be he's new the the series. I'd like to see more of him in future books. There was a clearly less of Samuel, he was virtually nonexistent in this installment. Many of the other wolves and fae that are around were less visible in Frost Burned.
As I expected, there is an appearance or two from the elusive Coyote! New abilities unfold for Mercy, she's able to do amazing and unbelievable things through she and Adam's mate bond. Only she, a coyote, could pull off the unheard of things that she does at the whisper of a suggestion from the Coyote. Of course beyond her own ability she has some fae help. No walking stick this time, as she previously gave it to Coyote, but she does have another fae weapon. A sword that's called Hunger. Hunger eats magic among other things. Like all fae weapons, Hunger works under it's own rules. Fight to the death anyone? Of course Mercy jumps right in. Per usual, she'll do anything to save her friends, family, and even the world. If that involves participating in a vampire fight to the death, then she'll do it. Never mind she's weak compared to them and could totally end up back in a wheel chair. That's just how she rolls.
Even though Adam and Mercy are adorably sweet, there isn't a lot of sex or heat in these more recent installments. I do miss that electricity between them. While it's clear their relationship is strong and there is a strong attraction as mates and as husband and wife, I just wish the heat level was a little higher. On the flip side, I understand it's hard to be all over each other when an all out war is on the verge of breaking out. Not to compare, but somehow J.R. Ward manages to squeeze in a few serious rolls in the hay while saving the world and fighting the bad guys. I'm just saying.
In true fashion, Briggs brings us an action packed story without a lot of extra nonsense. We get right into the meat of the story without tons of preamble and plot refreshers. I love that about her style because I don't feel like I'm rereading a huge chuck from the previous book(s). Out of the norm for these books, I enjoyed seeing some chapters narrated by Adam. I hope for more of that in future installments. That really shook things up, and I liked it. It really allowed the reader/listener to understand that Adam really does respect Mercy, and he truly does see her as his equal.
As always Lorelei King is amazing. I really love how she's able to play these characters and make it sound so natural. Some narrators should like they are trying too hard or just can't stretch their voice. Not Lorelei King, she alters her voice and tone for both the different POVs and characters, and she does it well.
Next up is the most recent release, Night Broken, which came out earlier this year. I'm both excited and sad to get started on it because after that I'll need to wait until 2015 for the next installment. So sad, but I'll get over it, there are tons of books to keep me occupied until then.
Happy Reading & Listening,