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?
What I liked: One the things I thoroughly enjoyed happens close to the beginning of Fire Touched. Adam does something it seems like I've been waiting forever to happen. Sorry, you'll just have to read it to find out. His love and devotion to Mercy is unquestionable but I don't think Mercy completely realized it.
The Fae are and have been causing all the other supes problem after problem and the theme is continued in Fire Touched. Ms Briggs portrays the Fae in all their sneaky, nasty, glory and believe me, it's pretty bad. I've always had a soft spot for Zee and Tad and Fire Touched just made it bigger.
I count on Ms Briggs to provide an action packed novel and she does, but she finds little tidbits to add to her stories here and there so the reader doesn't get overwhelmed with all the constant action, politics and general butting of heads between all the different paranormals.
The development of her characters is a joy to read. Just when I think I have a character totally figured out, there's a twist. In Fire Touched many previous characters return and make the book just that much more than you expect. I know Mercy has more or less always depended on herself and been leery of the other pack members, but we see a different side, not just of Mercy, but previous skeptics about Mercy's standing within the pack. The only for sure thing is Adam's and Mercy's love and respect for each other.
I was very surprised by Bran's actions on the position Adam's pack takes in protecting other supes, humans, and each other. I can't wait to see how all that works out.
What I didn't like: I've been so very lucky to get NetGalley ARCs from some of my favorite authors within the last couple of months. I just keep re-reading them. So what's my problem, you ask. These novels are spoiling me for all other works especially in the fantasy and urban fantasy genres. Yeah, I know, I didn't specify anything I didn't like....there was nothing to say.
There is no way this is a reflection on Ms Briggs' writing and she has no control of it but here's the thing. The Kindle edition is priced at $13.99 and I know the publishers are the driving factors, but there are other top notch authors I read whose e-books are priced more reasonably. While I did receive an ARC, I still will buy the final Kindle edition but that's because, I can afford it. Also, Fire Touched will be a multiple re-read for me. I know many readers who can't afford a $13.99 e-book. It's a shame.
This is book 9 in the Mercy Thompson series and all I can think about is, I hope there are many, many more!
Highest of Recommendations!!! (As with any outstanding series, please start with the very first book, Moon Called).