Review: STORM CURSED by Patricia Briggs

Storm Cursed – A Mercy Thompson Novel by Patricia Briggs, Ace – Berkley, May 2019, 3.5 Stars

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In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe.  As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

REVIEW:

Like many other readers, I always look forward to the next installment of the “Mercy Thompson” series, primarily because of the characters, but also as a Washington State native because I enjoy the Tri-Cities setting. As the blurb reminds us, Mercy is a coyote shapeshifter married to the alpha of the local werewolf pack. Now, the pack doesn’t have a lot of allies in their quest to protect the people who live in their area. The Marrok, leader of the rest of the werewolves in the U.S. and Mercy’s foster father has cut ties with them leaving Mercy, Adam and their pack to deal with all sorts of paranormal adversaries, beginning with a killer goblin and zombie goats.

For those who have followed this series as well as the “Alpha and Omega” one about the werewolf pack in Montana, led by the Marrok, it seems like it should be entertaining to catch up with old friends. One wants to see what is going on in Mercy’s garage when she repairs vehicles with her mentor, Zee who advises her about life and other things that go ‘bump in the night.’ However, this time it became more difficult. Yes, Mercy has dealt with all sorts of problems before and managed to “kick butts and take names” as the saying goes but dealing with “black or evil” witches and their constant violence toward innocents felt gratuitous.

The darker tone of this book didn’t help matters and neither did the animal abuse which threw me out of the story. Normally, I’ll stay up all night to finish a “Mercy Thompson” story, but this time I found myself putting down the book and skipping some of the more violent scenes because I simply didn’t want to be exposed to it. Still, Patricia Briggs is very talented at world-building and I did return to the book to see what happened next and if justice would prevail.

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