Release Date: First published March 11,2014 / Audio unabridged edition released by Penguin Audio on March 11, 2014
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 341 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 10 hours
Narrator: Lorelei King
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: August 13, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.(
Adams ex-wife Christy is the worst. The B...yes, I called her a B and I'm sure you know what that stands for - is outrageous. Mercy is a saint to deal with that hot mess and protect the woman on top of it! In true Christy fashion, she runs to Adam looking for a place to hide out and get protection against a stalker/killer that's hunting her down. Unfortunately for everyone involved it's not that simple, it never is. Christy brings death and destruction along to Mercy and Adam's door. Not only are Mercy, Adam, and Jessie pulled in to her drama, the entire pack is as well. I think she's my most hated character of all time. Even though she's not a villain, she isn't innocent. Sure she loves Jessie (her daughter) and Adam in her own screwed up way, but she manipulates everyone around her and tells lies of omission on a regular basis, yet some how she gets away with it. Her actions put others in harms way, but she gets a pass just because she's human. Ridiculous.
Gary is a new character added to the mix. He's Mercy's half brother of sorts. That whole Coyote as their father is a murky situation. As explained in previous books, Coyote only took over Mercy's fathers body....but it wasn't really him, yet she inherited some of his abilities. Yep, it's odd. Regardless, I like Gary and I like Gary as Mercy's brother. I hope to see more of him in future books.
Coyote makes another appearance in the series and he's one to watch. I really like his character. He's a slippery little bugger. He likes to tell Mercy and his other child, Gary, half the information they need in the form of riddles under the guise of helping them, but it's always just enough to either get themselves into even more trouble or to save themselves by the skin of their teeth. He never speaks plainly and I find that a comical.
Mercy is always fighting something big and bad. This time she's up against wild, magical, demon dogs and a volcano god with a crazy obsession for Christy! Juan Flores, said volcano god, is happy to destroy anything and kill everyone in his way in order to get Christy back in his possession. Of course we can't go without any fae drama. Beauclaire, the Grey Lord, is demanding that Mercy get the walking stick back, and of course she has a time limit to deal with that in addition to the crazy god and the crazy ex!
Per usual, I really enjoyed listening to Lorelei King, she rocks as a narrator. I will definitely keep an eye out for other books narrated by her. She brings a unique voice to the characters.
I'm sad that this was my last Mercy Thompson book until next year, most likely March. When I'm caught up on a series and have to wait 6-12 months for the new release, I sometimes wish that I had paced myself more. Lucky, I did manage to slow down a bit and do 1 book a month on average, which was the slowest I could do! Book 9 is currently untitled, but to say that I'm looking forward to it is an understatement.
Have you been reading the Mercy Thompson series? If so, let me know where you are in the series! If you're caught up, I'd love to see who else out there is waiting patiently until March.
Happy Reading & Listening,