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Storm Cursed: 11 Hardcover – 1 January 1900
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My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it.
"I love these books."--Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns...It left me wanting more."--Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The best new urban fantasy series I've read in years."--Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Patricia Briggs never fails to deliver an exciting, magic and fable filled suspense story."--Erin Watt, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Royals series
"In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best."--Locus
"Action-packed and with more than a few satisfying emotional payoffs...Patricia Briggs at the top of her game."--The Speculative Herald
"The characters are all realistic and vibrant."--The Independent
"These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns."--SFRevu
"The world building is incredibly lush and subsuming...a fantastic urban fantasy adventure."--Fresh Fiction
"Outstanding."--Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
About the Author
- Publisher : Ace Books (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425281299
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425281291
- Dimensions : 15.93 x 3 x 23.57 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 307,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 Star Couldn't finish the book
2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks)
3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author
4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author
4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book
5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
This book earned it's five stars, I look forward to recommending it to all my friends and I expect to reread it several times over the years.
As always Patricia Briggs lives up to (and even surpasses) expectations.
This was possibly the least emotionally engaging book of the whole series. Silence Fallen was my favorite and the absolute MOST emotional, IMO, so I find myself more than a little disapointed by this. Perhaps i've just been anticipating this book too much and had built it up...I don't know.
I liked it. But.
I will read it again in a few weeks and see if i feel any differently.
Mercy learns more about her powers but still appears to have more potential.
I look forward to the next book. This one just seemed short in comparison to previous titles
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Other than that, I felt the book was bland, and never really got going. It was also short, or at least it felt that way.
Hopefully Ms. Briggs will be back to form soon, either in this series or her Alpha & Omega series set in the same world. All in all, not worth the GBP12.99 I paid for it, and I have never said that about a Mercy Thompson book before.
Has this series run its course? If the next book isn't any better, then I'll have to say "probably, yes", which would be sad, as I've loved this series dearly.
We finally get to learn more about the mysterious Sherwood Post. He plays a big part in the story of black witches and all their dark magic.
The whole story is set around a proposed meeting between the US government and the Fae. A very important meeting that will bring peace between humans and the fae. Adam, Mercy's devoted mate, is set to be security for that meeting, along with the pack. To make sure things run smoothly and no one gets eaten!
While all this is going on a group of dangerous witches decide it's time for a power play and it's the local witch, Elizaveta, who's family stand in the way.
There are zombies galore in this book. They come in all shapes and sizes. As a fan of The Walking Dead, my only grumble is I'd have liked to see them in action more.
Altogether, an exciting read. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
Trouble is coming to the Tri-Cities while the pack is preparing for the up coming peace talks between the Us Government and the Fey, Mercedes and the pack get drawn in to problems closer to home when death and destruction strike one of the Packs biggest allies and whose reliability comes into question in the aftermath with the Peace talks threatened and a new threat rising in the form of a Black Witch Family, Mercedes will need the help of allies new and old to face the threat.
Look obviously I loved this installment and it’s a credit to the author that at book 11 not counting the other series set in the same universe that things can still seem fresh and exciting So if your a fan of the series then this is a no brainer I have some other thoughts because I don’t want to spoil I am putting under possible spoilers.
I loved that we finally got Clarity on A) Witchcraft and it’s relationship to the pack and especially on grey magic, black and white seems fairly clear cut White is the power of self sacrifice and black is the torture and murder of others so where does grey come in?
Simply put grey is the sacrifice of others but with there consent and is portrayed as a fairly slippery slope more power, usually then white, but only a short slip up from the black with less, possibly, power then a full embrace of the black would give you but the same vulnerabilities such as being open to demon possession the lore in Mercedes series as often been inconsistent on witchcraft so it’s nice that this book did a lot to clarify and solidify things as Witches become a more active part of the series.
B) why Mercedes and Adam who are very moral people seemed cool with Elizaveta who most certainly isn’t
C) why frost a villain from previous books master plan seemed so idiotic it was meant to be.
D) the slow reveal reveal on Wulfe continues though as always raise more questions then it answers.
End of possible spoilers
The only other series that has continuity like this that rewards a faithful reader in this genre is the Dresden files and the Toby daye series as always the worst thing about finishing this book is the wait for the next one.
Patricia your books are a little too intense now and not an enjoyable, loveable read like they used to be in the beginning!
Even as she falls deeper down the rabbit hole that is fae/werewolf/human etc relations she acts with humour and integrity and a lovely silver cutlass.
“Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet