Mar 5, 2013

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Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #7)

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Urban Fantasy
March 5th 2013
Hardcover
352 pages
Orbit
Received from publisher – Canada / US

Kick Ass Chick – Mercedes (Mercy) Thompson

From Goodreads –
Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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, what passes for 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. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

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Frost Burned is the seventh installment in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.  Let me tell you, this is one of the absolute BEST shifter series that I have ever read.  And Mercy is one of the BEST female characters out there.  If you have yet to give this series a try, you are really missing out.

This installment wasn’t at all what I expected – not that you can really expect anything from one of these books since each and every one is very different.  What I mean is that when the story first starts you feel as though you know where it’s going but then you find out that nope, you really don’t.  And even when you assume that you are finally on track…nope, you’re not.  This is a book full of twists that will keep you guessing.

The book starts with Mercy Black Friday shopping with her step-daughter Jesse.  I just love their relationship so the fact that this book starts with the two of them immediately brought a smile to my face.  Then quickly the smile faded and was replaced with worry when they get into a car accident.  They are banged up a bit, nothing serious, but the Rabbit it totaled.  *cries* You see, Mercy’s car is as much a character in this series as the people are.   They ask the tow-truck driver to bring them back to Mercy’s shop only to find Ben there.  Ben who has been drugged and shot.  After a few tries they find out that the entire rest of the pack has been kidnapped.

Yes ladies and gentlemen you have read right: the entire pack.  Kidnapped.  The men and women who managed to capture everyone claim they are government but Adam (the pack’s Alpha and Mercy’s husband) doesn’t believe them.

I have to admit that when the word ‘government’ was used, I was a little bummed.  Government people taking supernatural creatures captive…it’s been done.  But I should have known that Patricia wouldn’t let her storyline go that way.  And she didn’t.  As I mentioned before, the story in Frost Burned is a ride and one surprise after another.  Also, in the past each book of the series tended to focus on one different faction of Patricia’s supernatural community.  Sometimes we follow along as Mercy is roped into a Fae problem and sometimes we follow as Mercy is roped in to a vampire problem.  This time around we see a bit of everything and everyone, including Stephan, Tad, Zee, Sophia, Gabriel and Marsilia.  I loved seeing all of these characters again and they really play important roles in the story.

Now let’s talk about the two people you all want to hear most about:  Adam and Mercy.

I’ve said it before and I will say it forever – Adam is absolutely perfect for Mercy.  He is an awesome character and I absolutely love reading him.  He is the alpha and a good alpha – also he lives up to his title with his temper – but he is fair and loyal to his pack.  He is a very well rounded character where he can be close to an a** one moment and extra tender the next.  He is wonderful with Mercy – their scenes together are some of my favorite.  I believe they bring out the best in each other.  They really are the perfect match.

Mercy’s growth is one of my absolute parts of this series.  The way Patricia writes her is genius.  Mercy is a Coyote shifter (it’s more complicated than that but let’s just go with that for simplicity’s sake) yet she is married to an alpha wolf.  Some of the pack aren’t fans of that arrangement but Mercy handles it really well in this book.  You can tell that she is much more comfortable with her new role and how to handle it.  I was so proud of her!  Mercy is a character I just can’t get enough of.

There aren’t many series that, while reading the current installment, I find myself craving the other books in the series.  Every time I pick up a Mercy Thompson book, I am tempted to go back and re-read from book one.  And even though there is no word when the next book in this series will be released (don’t worry though, Patricia is contracted for one more) a book in this series is always worth the wait.  Just look, River Marked was released in March of 2011!  But when you pick up Frost Burned, you feel as though it was just released yesterday.  That is how great this book is and that is how great the writing and this series is.

Frost Burned is definitely worth a read.  If you weren’t overly impressed with the last book you will be pleased with this one.  And if have yet to read this series and are a fan of UF, run out to get the first book, Moon Called.  It’s amazing.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quote –

“’’Thou shall not suffer a witch to live,’’ I told him, pointing at the front quarter panel.  ‘I wonder if Elizaveta saw that.  It doesn’t say werewolves, but I expect it is implied.’

‘’Wives, be subject to your husbands,’’ Adam deadpanned without looking at the bus.  ‘’Let your women keep silence in the churches.’’

‘’Ah, Paul.  He has so many useful things to say.  ‘It is well for a man not to touch a woman,’’ I replied sagely, and Adam laughed and kissed me.

I stiffened, irrationally worried that Zee might not have gotten all of the silver, but Adam made a sound closer to a purr than a growl.  So I relaxed and participated.

‘Do they always flirt with biblical quote?’ Asil asked Tad.

In long-suffering tones, Tad said, ‘They can flirt with the periodic table or a restaurant menu.  We’ve learned to live with it.’”

Books in the Mercedes Thompson series –
Moon Called
Blood Bound
Iron Kissed
Bone Crossed
Silver Borne
River Marked
Frost Burned

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  1. Ann-Catrin Sköld says:

    You lucky girl! I envy you! 😀

    Can´t wait to read this book.

  2. omg! WANT! 😀 Now!

  3. Listening right now and I’m loving it!!! Oh boy! How I missed Mercy.
    I’ll be back when I’m finished.

  4. hmmm… I think I’m the only one who’s given up on this series, though your review is making me question that. I just couldn’t get past the long debate over which friggin movie to rent in the last book. It felt like the author was so enamoured with her characters (and rightly so because they are awesome) that she was just looking to hang out with them for a bit instead of getting to the plot. I want my UF to move a little more quickly and it just got too boring. I also still hate the rape, even though it was handled well. It felt unnecessary. But… argh, this series was so good. I’m torn. I wonder if I can read this without having read River Marked and still follow it?

  5. I have so much love for this series. And WOOT! My pre-order came in today!!

    Completely agree — Mercy is SUCH a fabulous character. I love that she’s both vulnerable and kick-ass, loves her friends and family and is pretty darned happy with who she is. Can’t wait to see what shenanigans she’s up to this time around.

  6. Sara O-you totally can read Frost Burned without reading River Marked. I was like you and fell out with the series at River Marked. I didn’t even finish that book. I decided to give Frost Burned a chance and I am so glad I did. You won’t be lost if you jump to this one and skip River Marked. This book helped me remember what I like so much about the series. It’s a good read.

  7. Sara – I did leave a response to your question and for some reason it didn’t publish. Weird… But Nicole is absolutely right – you don’t have to read River Marked first. I enjoyed it a lot because I like Native American folklore but you don’t miss too much if you skip it. 🙂

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