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Urban Fantasy Early Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Marcy Thompson #9)


Egalley thanks to Ace 

Synopsis from Goodreads
Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...

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?


Release date: March 8th, 2016.

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 8.5/10

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 As usual with Patricia Briggs, the writing is rock solid. The characterisation is fabulous, the plot is air tight, and I just can't get enough of Mercy Thompson's world. 


This is one of the original urban fantasy series, and while a lot of them went downhill or ended recently, this one still goes strong despite a couple of hiccups. 

If you've been following both this and Alpha & Omega series, you know that fae politics changed drastically in the last few books, and Fire Touched is where werewolves are finally made to choose sides no matter how much they try to avoid it. Mercy follows an impulse protecting a child claiming sanctuary from fae, and now along with Adam and her magic stick she would need to reinforce her pack's position and redraw its territory.

There are a lot of wonderful moments in this book and a few plot threads finally tied up. I was really, really happy with Adam who at last put his foot down and stopped the squabbling in the pack about Mercy's position. Hallelujah!

I enjoyed the introduction of a new ally to the pack, who deserves her own book in my opinion. And of course, the signing of the treaty and the journey to retrieve a magical artifact were vivid and super intense.

Overall, this is a fantastic read and a real comfort food for any urban fantasy fan. I especially love how masterfully Miss Briggs crosses and recrosses connections between Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series in a way that allows us to follow the characters progress in a continuous timeline so we get updates on both series in each book. Loved it, totally recommended.


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Как обычно с Патрицией Бриггз, авторский стиль очень силён. Характеризация великолепна, в сюжете не найти дыр, и я никогда не устаю от мира в этой серии.

Учитывая, что эта одна из первых серий городского фэнтези ушедшая в мэйнстрим, и то, что многие из старичков жанра уже давно закончились или сошли на нет, Мерси Томпсон продолжает держать читателя в напряжении, несмотря на парочку слабых книг в прошедшие несколько лет. Я думаю, что когда автор запустила параллельную серию Альфы и Омеги, она смогла освежить и Мерси новым подходом и столкновениями с новыми проблемами.

В Одарённом Огнём завязываются несколько сюжетных узлов и Адам наконец-то радует меня тем, что разрешает ситуацию с положением Мерси в стае раз и навсегда. Мерси поступает импульсивно и даёт убежище ребёнку, который сбежал из холма фэйри, что противопоставляет вервульфов фэйри, чего Бран так долго пытался избежать.

Теперь Мерси предстоит доказать, что её стая может защитить свою территорию и пойти на компромисс с фэйри, которые оставят ребёнка в покое в обмен на магический артифакт из холма фэйри.

Как обычно, ожидайте интенсивных схваток, интересных злодеев и интригующих новых союзников, а также красночное описание похода за артифактом. Мне очень понравилось, и для любого фаната жанра, Одарённый Огнём будет очень комфортным чтивом.
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