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I’ve been a Mercy Thompson fan for a while. I’ve read some of the Alpha & Omega series, but I don’t like it nearly as much as the Mercy series. I am finding with this series and others (Sookie, I’m thinking of you), that as the number of installments increase, the stories loose their uniqueness. The plots repeat, and there become too many characters and past plot lines. This is the seventh book in the series, and here’s what I thought…
Mercedes is in the thick of things again! Her husband, Adam- and the entire pack, have been kidnapped. Mercy’s plan is “Decision one- preserve those who were safe. Decision two-retrieve the rest. Decision three- make the ones who took them regret it.” She makes immediate arrangements to keep Jesse, Adams daughter and Kyle, Warren’s (the packs third) mate safe. She enlists some help from her vampire friend Stefan, and Zee’s (her fae ex-boss) son Tad. Once the pack has escaped (with some help from the mercenaries who helped capture them), Mercy and Adam need to figure out the truth behind the events. Despite, several distractions (Cantrip, the government, etc.) it turns out the vampires are behind it (‘Gauntlet Boy’) and the book ends in a 3 on 3 battle, with Mercy fighting with Marsilla (because of her skills with the dead).
The problem is, I won’t remember this plot in two weeks, let alone by the time the next book comes out.
Plot Score: 3/5
Location, Location, Location
I enjoy this world. It reminds me (a little) of Sookie’s world, but in this world, werewolves and the fae have come out, but not the vampires (although I can’t imagine that humans aren’t suspicious).
Location Score: 4/5
Characters and Relationships
Mercy- She is the best part of these books for me. She’s tough, she likes to do the right thing, and she protects people. She thinks through her decisions, she does not just run off trying to save the world, she works with the people around her. She is (sort of) the daughter of coyote, so in addition to her ability to transform into a coyote, she can also bend the rules. At one point she is able (though some sort of ‘dream sequence’) suck the silver out of Adam and most of the pack.
Adam- Alpha of the pack and the ‘face’ for werewolves. He’s a great balance to Mercy’s character.
Stefan- He is Mercy’s vampire friend, who used to wear Scooby Doo T-Shirts (Until Marsilia killed most of his people, now he’s sulky).
The fae- they don’t play a big part in the book (Zee makes an appearance, Tad helps out, and there are two fae assassins). “One of the Gray Lords killed a US senator’s son and declared the fae to be a separate and sovereign nation. Within minutes of the declaration, all of the fae had disappeared…”
Characters Score: 3/5
Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)
This book is purely for enjoyment purposes only.
Life Lessons Score: 0/5
Opening Line: “You should have brought the can,” said my stepdaughter.
These books are easy to read, although the twistiness of the plot seems to be a bit contrived, these stories are worth the read.
Style Score: 3/5
-I just wish Mercy could get the time to take a nap and shower and put on her own clothes!
Total Score and Recommendation
13/25- I will continue reading this series. There is something I love about Mercy.