Title: Frost Burned
Author: Patricia Briggs
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Blurb: 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, 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. Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe…
My Thoughts: FROST BURNED is the seventh novel in the Mercy Thompson series and I am not bored yet – so author Patricia Briggs is doing well. Mercy is a car mechanic by trade and a coyote shape-shifter who is immune to magic, and sees ghosts by nature. Politically America is changing because the werewolves are out of the supernatural closet to publically announce their existence along with the already outed faery folk. This just leaves the vampires still in the closet – or should that be coffin! When the pack is abducted it quickly becomes apparent that it is in order to force Adam to assassinate a US Senator or the pack, and Adam, will be destroyed. The assassination would result in werewolves being classed as wild animals so they could be hunted out of existence. Just who is behind this nefarious scheme is not completely revealed until a scary midnight showdown in smouldering ruins at the end of the book – a really creepy A+ atmosphere! Mercy has certainly grown as a character over the series and in every one she has had to face what appears to be impossible odds only to come out battered and bruised but unbowed. In FROST BURNED she has to trust those who want to help, even those who in the past have tried to harm her, she needs to stay strong to help those she loves. As usual Mercy manages to make wisecracks when the tension rises, similar to me, when I am out of my comfort zone I crack funnies or smile nervously, making it look like I don’t care, but I do. “…I was going to fight vampires, and my name wasn’t Buffy—I was so screwed…" LOL – love it! There is an eight book in production (Night Broken) – but no release date at this stage other than 2014.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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