Monday, March 4, 2013

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

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.

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher:  Orbit
Pages:  352
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Shifters
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Whoa!  I am so excited about this book!  Mercy Thompson is back and badder than ever.  If there was ever a smart, sassy, kick ass chick in urban fantasy, Mercy is IT.  Frost Burned takes us on an adventure of government conspiracy, old foes and new friends.  Mercy is much more comfortable in her role as the mate of the local Alpha, Adam is tough and sexy as hell, and characters from books past have integral roles in this story.

All of us Mercy Thompson fans already know that Adam Hauptman is a sexy, charming and charismatic werewolf Alpha who has a bit of a temper.  He is targeted because he is one of the faces of the werewolf population.  Adam and his pack are kidnapped by unknown forces at the beginning of this novel while Mercy is out shopping with Adam's daughter, Jesse.  Mercy and Jesse are involved in a car accident, which, unbeknownst to them, may have saved their lives.  When Mercy arrives at her car shop, she is greeted by an injured Ben who tells Mercy what happened to the rest of the pack.

Mercy is in crisis mode.  Her first objective is to keep Jesse and her friend, Gabriel, safe.  To do that, she calls on her fae friend, Zee, for a favor.  Zee sends his son Tad to help Mercy which in instrumental in keeping everyone safe.  Mercy has a lot to contemplate - not only must she keep her step-daughter safe, but she has to find a way to help Adam.  While trying to contact Adam via their mate bond, something intriguing occurs that saves Adam's life.  Mercy has a little help from Coyote, and her almost dad does not let her down. 

Mercy has come a long way.   When this series began, Mercy was a loner.  She didn't trust anyone, and had very few friends.  By Frost Burned, Mercy is in a prominent position as mate to the Alpha.  She has a family and many friends that care about her deeply.  She embraces her nature as a Walker and the bond between her and Adam.  Mercy is challenged at every turn in this book - she has to use her smarts, her strengths and her alliances to keep those she loves alive.

There are two chapters in this book told from Adam's point of view, but in the third person.  I personally loved these chapters - who doesn't want to get into Adam's head?  The first chapter proves that Adam is a competent, loyal and sometimes brutal Alpha.  He will stop at nothing to protect Mercy and his pack.  I loved seeing this side of him and being privy to his decision-making process.  

I was so happy to see some characters from previous books!  Stefan makes an appearance and helps Mercy out at a critical juncture.  Tad, Zee's son, is a bit more grown up than when we last saw him.  Sylvia is back and although not overly comfortable with Adam and Mercy, begins to thaw in her attitudes towards the pack.  Marsilia is even involved in this one, as well as her much abused Mercedes.  

Patricia Briggs keeps the action going in this book.  She adeptly and effortlessly tells a complicated story that involves the government, rogue agents, fae, vampires and werewolves.  This story had me constantly second-guessing myself and burning through the pages.  The last quarter of this book had me on the edge of my seat!  

There were jaw dropping moments, deaths and near misses, as well as some sweet moments between Adam and Mercy.  Make no mistake - Mercy Thompson is back in a BIG way.  I think many fans of this series will enjoy this book more than the last few.  Patricia Briggs has penned a thoughtful and intense addition to an already epic series.  If you are a fan of werewolves, supernatural beings and urban fantasy, then you will love this series!


Julie said...

I loved the last book and was actually surprised that so many didn't. Then again, the last book was about Mercy's heritage and focused on her and Adam (which I enjoy) and not the pack or pack-life-Mercy mystery. This book goes 'back' to what people loved in the earlier books - agree with you there - with less just Adam and Mercy and more of 'a little bit of everything'. And I totally agree that Patricia tells a complicated story in an uncomplicated way. Great review! :)

Jamie said...

Julie - I liked that last book, too ;-) A lot of people didn't, but I was very interested in Mercy's background and Coyote. I really loved this book, too!

Melliane said...

I'm so so jealous! I really can't wait to receive my own copy and start it. I'm glad it's always really good I was a little anxious. Thanks for the review!

Alexa said...

I just recently read the first book in this series and I really think it will go to great places. I'm glad to see that even 7 books in that the series still has the ability to wow you. I really hate series that get old as the books go on so now I feel better about starting this series!

Thanks for the great review, so glad you enjoyed this book!

AquarianDancer said...

Thank you for the review! I absolutely LOVE Mercy and Adam (Adam more...) This series is my favorite.

Sharonda SexxyBlogger said...

OMG...I cannot wait for this book! I love Mercy & Adam. Awesome review!

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