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.
I loved this book!!!!!!!
I agree with most that although I really enjoyed River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6), I felt that it really had lost something that the previous books in the series had. I didn’t know if it was because the struggle of “will they or wont they” between Adam and Mercy was gone or not but it felt like some of the tension had really left the series. I was scared when I heard that the series was continuing for the simple fact that if that lack of tension was going to be in every book from River Marked on, then we Mercy fans were going to end up losing interest. As I said, I acknowledge that River Marked was a little lackluster compared to the rest of the series BUT I also still really enjoyed the book. I decided when I was done reading it that I would give #7 a try and if it went further downhill, the series was going to lose priority in my To Be Read pile.
I am ecstatic to say that this was not at all the case with Frost Burned.
That passion and intensity is back in FULL FORCE with the story line in Frost Burned!
As with the rest of the Mercy Thompson books, the action takes off from the very beginning of the story. I listened to the audiobook with this one so I don’t know page count but I can tell you that the shit starts hitting the fan approximately 5 minutes into the audio and just keeps going.
One thing I can say with Frost Burned is I was completely and totally blindsided with the reveal of the Big Bad in this one. I did not see that coming AT ALL. I’m glad I didn’t see it coming because I was a little floored when I found out and that just adds to the excitement and experience of reading one of these books.
Another treat (and if you read Dolly’s Review, you already know this) is we get a glimpse inside the mind of the wolf in this one. That’s right kids! There are some parts of this book that are told from Adam’s point of view and I loved it!!! It was a rare glimpse behind the curtain that is the ever cool and in control Alpha of the Columbia Basin pack. I. Loved. It. He’s such a great character and I have always thought it would be awesome to get an extended peek inside his head. Well, Patty Briggs totally delivered.
There was a LOT that happened in this book and quite frankly, not all of it was happy. Be prepared with a box of tissues. I had 2 teary sessions while listening to this book and the first one HURTS. Very, Very sad. Actually! 3 teary sessions if you count the death of the VW Rabbit. Yes, you read that right and yes it was a minor spoiler. Sad, sad day in the life of Mercy Thompson….err Hauptman. Still getting used to that.
We got to see an appearance from all of the old favorites in this book and one of my personal favorites – Ben. The other thing I found lacking in River Marked was the lack of the standard cast. I think that’s why it seemed a bit off to me. This time around, we get to see just about everyone and it was superb.
Getting back to the reveal of the Big Bad. I have a theory that we are going to see the Mercy books take a serious turn for the intense and dangerous given the events at the end of this book. Mercy gets hit was some serious realizations that have the potential to change EVERYTHING for her, Adam and the pack. I think the future Mercy books are going to have a feel to them that they’ve never had before and I think it is going to frikkin jaw dropping. I can’t wait!
Something that we didn’t know when Dolly’s review was published was that Mercy Thompson #8 just got a name!!!!
According to Goodreads.com, Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) has a tentative release day of sometime in 2014. We will update you as specifics become available.
Also, a side note about the audiobook of Frost Burned: This book was narrated but the always wonderful Lorelei King. She has narrated the most of the series (someone else did book #1 and possibly even book #2) and she also narrated the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. I absolutely love this woman! She still hasn’t taken over as my favorite. Tavia Gilbert will probably never leave that spot but LK is a damn close second place! Also, the music at the very beginning of this book during the credits is the same music they used during the credits of the Twilight series. When I started playing the audiobook on my iPod, I thought I had accidently clicked on the wrong book! Lol
I am giving Frost Burned 5 solid coyote prints!!! I adored this book! It brought all of the excitement back to the Mercy Thompson world and had renewed my anticipation for the next book in this series!