Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs - Book Review

Sunday, February 19, 2017

book cover for Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

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? (Goodreads)

Patricia Briggs is my favorite authors and I love reading her books. Fire Touched is book nine of the Mercy Thompson series (thirteen in the Mercy Thompson World). 

It feels like the series is falling victim to what I call the copy/paste formula.  With the Mercy Thompson series, it goes like this: We open the book with an introduction that refreshes what has happened in the previous books and give quick updates on some of the characters. Then something big happens. They fix the bad thing only to find out there is a bigger thing. They spend the majority of the book talking about the bigger thing and planning what to do about it. There's usually some smaller thing that will happen and then with about fifty pages left they resolve the big thing that the book has spent most of its time on. So in the end, it feels like there is an awful lot of unnecessary filler. This is especially true if the characters become boring or predictable. So when a character (well sort of one) dies, it doesn't seem to matter. With that being said, this is probably one of my least favorite books by Patricia Briggs. I just could not get into the new characters or care about them and the way Mercy deals with everything has become too predictable for me to fully enjoy.

Rating: 3/5

Book Information: Goodreads

Published: March 8th, 2016