by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson returns in the fourth volume of this popular contemporary urban fantasy series -- the first to appear in hardback! Mercy -- a young auto mechanic who can shapeshift into coyote form -- finds herself under threat of death from the leader of the local vampire seethe, who attempts to use Mercy's vampire friend Stefan as a weapon against her. Meanwhile, Mercy is approached by an old classmate, seeking help with an apparent haunting at her house in Spokane -- Mercy's "awareness" of ghosts has become public knowledge, and after a load of bad publicity following the events of Iron Kissed, Mercy could really use the opportunity to get out of town and out of the public eye. And on top of all this, Mercy is trying to decide how she feels about committing herself, body and soul, to Adam, the local werewolf Alpha (pack leader). Mercy is most definitely an intriguing, strong, multi-layered protagonist, and the world Briggs has constructed around her is full of interesting, curious characters. I've enjoyed all of the volumes in the Mercy Thompson series so far, but this one at times felt a bit bogged down in all the "relationship" stuff, often at the expense of the main plotline. I will admit, though, that I was intrigued to see what direction the author was going to go with the friendship between Mercy and Stefan and the lengths to which they'd protect each other from the threats in each of their lives. Not quite as engaging as the first three, but still a great read! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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