Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
It’s been a long time coming since the last Mercy Thompson book and I have eagerly been awaiting this one. A lot has happened in this series that has changed the dynamic of the characters and their world. The Fae,Vampires and the Columbia Basin Pack have come a long way since the first book and we can really thank Mercy for all of that. So much so that Mercy is kidnapped and is taken to the other side of the world by a powerful vampire. Mercy, no matter how down and out she may seem, is not without her resources and quickly escapes. What follows is a tromp throughout Europe to find her way back home. Told in alternating POV of Adam and Mercy, it’s a race to “save” Mercy and this will take friend and foe alike.
“I looked like a victim.
I was done, really done with being a victim.”
I love Patricia Briggs writing because she adds these touches of lore in the series that I absolutely love. I remembered vaguely about the Golem of Prague from tales I’d read so long ago and I adore how she incorporated the story and uses it with Mercy’s abilities. I honestly could not stop reading.
“My love,” he said, his voice intent. “You are welcome to all that I am, all that I have. I would destroy the planet for you.”
Adam is not without his own difficulties trying to get his wife back and this was probably the most epic assortment of characters to band together to get her back. Because really, Mercy doesn’t have any real powers,per se, and yet has an affinity for making the oddest of friends and allies. Yes, she can change into a Coyote instantaneously and her abilities with ghosts, which are amazing in their own right. But Mercy evokes a sort of loyalty and that’s what makes her one of my favorite characters of all time.
I was enthralled from the first to the last page of the book (and audiobook because I love Lorelei King narrating), and the ending was so surprising to me and gave me a bit of a belly laugh. I start to go back to some parts in my head and really understanding what happened in certain parts that clicked when I read that last revelation. So I leave this review with another Mercy and Adam scene (one of my favorite power couples) and a solid five stars for another great installment. Please don’t make me wait another for the next because I don’t think I’ll make it that long.
The shower was clear glass, and Adam had his back to me. I leaned against the doorframe and smiled.
“You going to watch my butt all day, or are you going to join me?” asked my mate.
“What if I had said I was going to watch your butt all day?” I asked curiously as I opened the door and stepped into the hot water.
“I’ve been considering belly-dancing lessons,” he told me in a serious voice. His arms were tight around me, and he pulled me hard into him. “It would have given you something to watch. But I’m not sure if I could hold my head up around other Alpha werewolves if I did.”