A review by Amanda.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to review the newest book in her Mercy Thompson series. This review may contain spoilers, but only from previous books in the series.
Our favorite coyote shapeshifter was in dire straits when we last saw her. Having just barely survived the volcano god, Guayota, Mercy has taken some much-needed time for rest and recuperation. Her precious shop has been destroyed, no one has heard from Tad or Zee since they were forced back to Fairy, and Adam’s ex-wife still hasn’t left for Oregon, but otherwise life in the Tri-Cities has been relatively mellow. When a troll – a destructive, not-too-bright, King-Kong sized fae creature – is set loose on a bridge in their territory, it’s business as usual. Except, the troll turns out to be the least of their worries. Someone has escaped from Underhill and the Gray Lords are willing to start a war with the human race to get him back.
Aiden appears to be a ten-year old boy, but he was trapped in Underhill for a long, long time. His time there has altered him irreversibly, giving him the power to conjure fire, as well as aging his mind, but not his body. Jealous of the power given to him and a few other children by Underhill, the fae have captured and tortured the others, ostensibly to find the source of their abilities. Aiden is the only one left. With the help of a few familiar faces, he has escaped from the fae and is seeking asylum with Mercy and the pack. Can Mercy and Adam help their allies and avert a devastating war at the same time?
After the chaos of the last book, this had a nice, light-hearted start to it. The humor and snark that we all know and love was back in full force. Mercy and Adam’s relationship continued to prove that art can imitate real life, and do it well, by shining a spotlight on the everyday cracks and insecurities that every couple experiences, but media rarely shows. They fight, they compromise, and they sometimes struggle to communicate. It’s refreshing to see some normalcy in the midst of all of the supernatural. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that there will be any less action and intrigue in this story! Mysteries abound, new characters will surprise you, and familiar faces create uncertainty. Fans of the series will not be disappointed; the ninth book pops and sizzles just as much as the first, and I expect the series to do so for as long as it continues.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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