A man, a huge man with a nasty-looking automatic in a steady two-handed grip, stood in the doorway between the outside and the office, holding the door open with one black leather-booted foot. The rest of him was dressed in black, too, with some sort of bright yellow design on the left shoulder of his leather pseudomilitary jacket. The only outlier in his generally soldier-of-fortune appearance was the shoulder-length silver-threaded red hair that flowed from his head in a manner that would have done credit to a romance novel cover model.
This is book five in a series, and reading further on this page without having read the previous books might spoil some of your fun.
Samuel is in trouble. He is old, he is tired, and he has realised that Mercy won't be his. Still, when Mercy comes to pick him up at the hospital, she is not prepared for what meets her.
All is not well between her and Adam. Or rather, between her and Adam's pack. Some of them are not happy about her being a part of it, and adding werewolves to her list of enemies is not going to do Mercy any good.
And then there is the matter of the book that Phin, the bookstore guy lent her. When Zee's son Tad calls her, telling her that he cannot get in touch with Phin, but that Phin mentioned the item last time they spoke, she starts digging. But what can be so important about a book of fairy-tales, even if it is written by a fae?
I must admit I found it peculiar that Patricia Briggs chose to use Rommel when Mercy was thinking of Samuel; not that there is anything wrong with it, quite the opposite, but it is still a curious choice.
I also can't help but wonder: If Mercy should become pregnant, would she have twins? I know the staff is supposed to work on sheep, but would it have an effect on Mercy as well?
As characters go, I am really starting to like Kyle. Maybe because we only see glimpses of him. He is not a central character, but I like what I see.
Another thing I like, is how we learn more about the fae. The vampires have their power games, that is pretty much expected, as the vampires have been described. The weres have their politics. And now we learn more about the fae, their powers, a bit about their history, and their politics.
The story flows nicely, with no noticable flaws that ruin the immersion.
About the author Patricia Briggs
Book 1: Moon Called (2006)
Book 2: Blood Bound (2007)
Book 3: Iron Kissed (2008)
Book 4: Bone Crossed (2009)
Book 5: Silver Borne (2010)
Book 6: River Marked (2011)
Book 7: Frost Burned (2013)
Book 8: Night Broken (2014)
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