Blurb: 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?
Review: I was reading along, totally engrossed in the story when I checked my place in the book to decide where I needed to stop for the night. Turns out, I was already damn near to the end. I was blown away at how quickly I blew through this. Normally, even if I’m totally embedded in a story, I still have an idea of my place in the book without having to really think about it. This one just kept me so wrapped up that I had no clue how far I had already read.
Like all the other Mercy Thompson books, this was absolutely awesome. It is one of the very, very few series, fantasy genre or otherwise, where the relationship dynamics between romantic partners are totally balanced. No matter what goes on around them, Adam never tries to down play or diminish Mercy’s strengths. He never tries to get in the way of what she feels she needs to do, even if he isn’t comfortable with what that is. It goes the same the other way. It is awesome that we get to see their struggle sometimes in how they can let go of their own concerns or fears to be what the other needs and to accept each other for exactly who they are.
I also love the fact that Mercy isn’t this end all be all power that always comes in and single-handedly saves the day. Sure, as the main character of the story, she is generally a huge part of it all, but her strengths lie in the fact that she is rarely ever alone in the saving the day role. It is because she has other powerful people that are willing to stand by her in whatever needs to be faced. Every one of them have their own flaws and weaknesses, but that doesn’t make any one of them any less than another.
This was another great addition to an already terrific series.