Release Date: First published March 30, 2010 / Audio unabridged edition released by Penguin Audio on March 30, 2010
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 342 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 9 hours
Narrator: Lorelei King
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: June 4, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.
It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit.
All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
Before the fae roller-coaster begins, we find Samuel having a tough time, and it gets pretty bad for him. I always assumed that Samuel is a very strong person as his wolf is so dominant, but apparently he's not as strong as I thought. With him teetering on the edge of no return, thanks to Mercy, things start looking up. Towards the end of the book Samuel experiences a huge change in his personal life that I'm very happy to see. He deserves a slice of happiness.
Outside of Samuel, the rest of the cast of characters; including the wolf pack members, local vampires and fae, make for a more in-depth story and add a piece to the puzzle. There are so many layers and connections among them that the character development among the secondary characters is impressive.
While she's a bit hardheaded, Mercy is strong woman, a strong coyote. Adam constantly worries about her well being, and while she gets some help from her friends, she always comes out of it on her own two feet. Maybe a little worse for wear, but she always manages to kill her opponent without help. I like that best about Mercy. She's real, she has feelings, she stumbles, she's not invincible, but she comes out on top and she can take care of herself.
The narrator, Lorelei King is her usual awesomeness. If I had nothing to do all day, I would have listened to the audiobook in one 9 hour block.
I can't speak highly enough of this series. It's truly one of my favorites, same as Patricia Briggs is becoming one of my favorite authors. I'll be sad when I’m caught up and I'll have to wait until the next book is released. If only I could make myself slow down...nope, that’s not going to happen!
Happy Reading & Listening,