Author: Patricia Briggs
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 03/30/10
When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.
It seems the book contains secret knowledge -- and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side -- leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit.
All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
Plot: 4 Stars
There were so many twists and turns, and subplots. And they all worked so well for me. Very often, I like the first novel in a series the most because it introduces me to an awesome new world filled with fantastic characters; and very often I find that I get bored as a series goes on. But this series is on book five, and I think it was my favorite so far. We got to see into the working of the pack, Mercy and Adam's relationship progressed to another level, and, of course, Mercy got herself tangled in the middle of fae problems again. All in all, it was a fantastic addition to a one of my favorite series.
Pace: 4 Stars
This novel flew by. A number of times, I would pause in my reading and wonder how so much of the book had flown by without feeling rushed. The story's separate storylines melded together perfectly to make Mercy's life a whirlwind of supernatural drama, like always.
Characters: 5 Stars
I liked the way the author handled Mercy dealing with her personal issues, stemming from earlier novels. It was also nice to see Sam and Adam interacting without so much testosterone. I love how much we get to learn about the pack in this novel. Up until this point, we've met a number of the pack members, but we didn't know that much about them. We get to see a couple pack members' true colors, which was quite unexpected (in a good way). I wish we could've seen a bit more of Zee because I always find him amusing, but at least he wasn't completely absent.
Cover: 5 Stars
I always love Mercy's covers. I know that she only has the one pawprint tattoo. But I love how the cover artist always incorporates more tattoos that change with the subject matter. I also like how Mercy being a mechanic is always highlighted in the covers. It shows you a lot about the character without even having to read the jacket blurb.
Overall: 4.5 Stars
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library for my own enjoyment.