Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 23, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 14 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fire Touched by Patricia BriggsFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Ace on March 8th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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?

For me, the best part of Fire Touched was the first half and the end. The middle was just kind-of-meh and almost had me putting it down.

I’ve never been totally sold on Adam, especially after his behavior or lack of behavior in Night Broken and the way his ex-wife treated Mercy. He also has let the pack disrespect Mercy on several occasions, so I’ve never really liked him as a partner for Mercy. I was for her and Samuel to end up with each other earlier in the series. But after having Adam FINALLY put his foot down in Fire Touched I can start to get on his side.

Another than the fact that Adam finally manned up I wasn’t very impressed with this installment. It felt like a filler book. But I’m not ready to jump ship on Mercy just yet. I’ll give her one more book and at some point, I want to do a reread of the series because two years between books give me too much time to forget things. I’m hoping before the next installment I can binge read because I miss the time when Adam was trying to court Mercy.

I really think I’m more of an Alpha & Omega series gal, I’ve never been bored with Charles and Anna.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars

Audio Note

I’ve tried twice now to listen to Mercy on audio and I can’t do it. King is great but she’s Charley Davidson for me. I started out reading Mercy and I can’t make the switch in my head. The mood and feel of the characters and series changes if I let King tell me the story.

I can’t hear a difference between her performance between the two series. Mercy sounds like Charley and Adam sound like Reyes, along with all the secondary characters. If I don’t get the right mindset I zone out and think I’m listening to Charley Davidson series instead of Mercy. So from now on I’ll keep to my plan and read Mercy and listen to Charley.

I couldn’t find a clip for Fire Touched….

About Lorelei King

Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films and television shows. Lorelei is also a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars
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14 responses to “Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

  1. Mandy

    Well, now, I love this series. Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors, and Mercy is just one of those characters that you have to love, because she tries so damn hard to make everyone happy — even at the expense of her own happiness, sometimes. And honestly, Adam does some dumb “man” things, but I believe that he respects Mercy’s request to let her be herself. And I’ve enjoyed watching various members of the pack come to respect Mercy on their own(i.e., Ben and Honey), without the Alpha’s demand that they do so — but Mary Jo had a point in Fire Touched, telling Mercy that they needed their Alpha to lay the smack down, and that it “…needed to happen a long time ago.” Yes, I agree that this book did move a little slower than the others, but I loved it!

  2. I personally loved this book. I think that Mercy has been holding Adam back from really putting the smack down on the wolves, because she kept saying she was handling it. But let’s face it, she really wasn’t. For me, I totally saw it as a Gibb’s slap, because duh, if they would open their damn eyes and pay attention, they would have realized before now that Mercy would go to the mat for them, if for no other reason than they belong to Adam. I would have liked a check in with Stephen, but overall this story was a win for me. 🙂

    • I love Briggs but like many series there’s usually that one book that stands out as my least favorite. I guess this is it for the Mercy series. I plan on doing a reread of the whole series next year so maybe my feelings will change when I read it for a second time.

  3. Brenda R.

    I haven’t read this one yet, but I thought the series stalled a couple of books back. I thought the last book was an improvement though. I’ll have to see how this one goes. I haven’t been thrilled since Coyote was introduced. I don’t care much for throwing deities into stories. It usually feels like the author can’t think of anything better.

  4. I agree with everything you said Jennifer. I wrote my review before reading yours and it’s funny because although I never shipped Samuel, I also never felt Adam so this book was really important to me. Now I can feel Adam. Anyway, the book seemed kind of slow to me at points. But it’s the fae; they are confusing. Also I have not listened to either this series or Charley but that makes total sense to me. When the Chicagoland vampires switched from Cynthia Halloway to Sophie Eastlake (?) I had trouble, maybe also because SE does Thea Harrison’s series and I had listened to that first. Anne

  5. I was first introduced to this author by reading Cry Wolf and I was immediately an Alpha and Omega girl all the way. But, it was when Mercy’s name was mentioned in one of the books in connection with Samuel that I became curious. Once I read Moon Called I was intrigued into how this series would unfold, and I have to say that this series – starting off – was rocky, but as the Mercy and Adam relationship ironed out and Samuel found his mate I seemed to take to the series better. I think what would help is if we were given more books in the Alpha and Omega series to balance out these interchanging series.

  6. I thought this one was pretty good. Although, I’ve felt the last few books have been “fillers.” I really didn’t care for some of the things that happened in the previous book, but this one was more enjoyable to me. And I felt like it had a whole lot of story changing events in it. But I was having a hard time at first getting into it. That changed quickly though!

    I do get frustrated with how long it is in between books, and that makes it kind of less enjoyable because I tend to forget some things. I hope the next book is even better though.

    Do you know how many books will be in this series?

    • I don’t know how many she had planned. I’ll do a reread before the next release maybe I’ll enjoy it more with all the details fresh in my head. LOL

  7. See, loved this book. I think it might be my favorite so far. I loved the fight scene on the bridge. I liked the politics with the fae. I loved seeing Adam finally drop the mic on the pack. As for narration, I listened to Mercy before Charley. I actually picked up the Charley books because of Lorelei King’s narration.