Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more?
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Black Friday is when everyone goes shopping to get those special sales on the day after Thanksgiving. Mercy and her stepdaughter, Jessie, have bonded in a unique way and are out shopping landing in the Home Depot parking lot. But you know how it is when you are waiting for the stores to open and the stroke of midnight cannot happen too soon. Black Friday sales are the best and shopping is crowded, can be violent but fun. When both women decide to head for a different shopping center something happens that will change not only the course of the events but put them in danger. Getting into an accident sounds serious but in this case it might have saved their lives. Trying to contact her husband, Adam she can’t. Worried that something is wrong she tries to get in touch with other members of the pack but learns the phones are off. Mercy Thompson will stop at nothing to find out what is wrong and gearing herself up for action she learns her husband and his pack have been kidnapped and the head of the clan Bran and Samuel are out of range for some reason. All of the Fae are hidden away in fairy mounds, which alerts readers to know Mercy is going to have to find the answers on her own.
Mercy is in forward drive throughout this novel and finds her way into the mind of Adam learning where he is, realizing his anger and hopes to create some calm while using their connection as mates. Mercy and her clan are part human and part wolves led by Bran who no one wants to cross or start with. The wolves are in trouble and the fae will do nothing to help them putting everyone in danger and on edge. When Mercy finds Ben and connects with some of the others she learns the kidnappers killed Peter and revenge is in the air. As things begin to heat up, arguments ensue, others come into play and Mercy is on a rampage to find Adam. But, first she needs to try and enlist the help of others in her pack. Why won’t the fae help? Why have they turned their back on them?
Throughout the novel you hear Mercy’s thoughts, voice and what she plans to do every step of the way. But, what is disturbing is the werewolves had such poor Intel and are blindsided and did not see what was in their path. Mercy enlists the help of others and Kyle and she are arrested by the police for helping Stefan who killed the one who took Warren. As she and Adam connect in a dream, she explains what happened, those involved and why the police questioned her. Armstrong is the FBI man working with the werewolves, as they are enlightened to know a group of Cantrip agents who were unhappy with their limited power were the ones that took Adam and the others. Angry that their power to “combat the scary werewolves,” is limited and then the scarier fae decided to go after their own. Some others decide they needed to bring public opinion on a different side or their favor so they decided that perhaps the murder of a “popular anti-fae senator” would set things in motion. But, when Mercy and Ben and Kyle were able to contact the police well things did not go their way. We next meet Asil or The Moor who sheds even more light on the subject. But, Kyle is difficult, angry and often needs to be hauled in. Adam enters and we hear him speak with the kidnapper who explains why they want him and the rest of the werewolves and fae dead. Cantrip agents, one mercenary who thinks he has the upper hand and what happens will definitely surprise the reader as Adam manages to escape in a unique way, find his way Darryl and then leaves the final outcome to the witch and others to deal with those who killed some of the members of his pack. As Mercy and Asil work together they discuss the fate of the vampires. But, danger comes as Mercy goes to save Jesse and make sure t she is safe and she turns herself into her coyote. Changing of appearances, those that could not be near silver and just what part does Zee play and what exactly are fairy gifts and why are they dangerous?
Just who was behind the murders and who was behind this entire plot you won’t believe and how they finally take the steps needed you have to find out for yourself. As we hear Marsilia talk that Mercy is her enemy and Stefan her friend, we learn the hidden truths about him. Frost: just who is he and why would he want to set up an attack against the wolves. Why would he come in and rescue the wolves and kill the humans? If this happened would Bran realize he had a new enemy? Just what would happen if these two came together? Would Bran allow Frost free rein? Why did this man want Mercy dead? What happens when she comes face to face with him? What happens when Frost pushes his power against Marsilia? One vampire against another. An ending so explosive and dramatic only Patricia Briggs can create it with such vivid descriptions, characters so devious and deceits running high. A fight to the death but whose? Vampires against coyotes and the werewolves. Frost Burned: Find out how! One action packed novel one great author.
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