Series: Mercy Thompson #5
Published by Penguin on March 30th 2010
Number of Pages: 292
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
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When Mercy Thompson, mechanic and shape-shifter, attempts to return a powerful fae book she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.
It seems the book contains secrets -- 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 Samuel's life forfeit.
All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more...
No vampires at all in this book, everything centers around werewolves and the Fae. The major plot threads center around Sam; pack dynamics now that Mercy is part of the pack; and the Silver Borne storyline.
There is a fight scene between pack members, and then between Adam and one pack member. There is also a scene where Sam eats someone ‘off camera’, and a few other little bloody things here and there. So if that kind of thing squicks you, you may not like this book. It wasn’t graphic however, and didn’t bother me at all. I felt like these bits helped to set the scenes and flesh things out nicely for what was happening in the book at the time.
I loved the character development in this book. We got to see a lot about how Mercy and Adam’s mate bond works, more about how the pack hierarchy and dynamics work. More personality quirks for Sam, Ben, Adam, Jessie, Mary Jo and Mercy among others. Most of the books so far have given us some of this, but the plot of the books took center stage. In this book the plot was not minor exactly, but the dynamics and character development seemed to be more central.
There was still quite a bit of action, the book wasn’t slow at all. There is one sex scene, but it’s more the fade-to-black kind. If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re missing out on something amazing. It’s one of my favorite in this genre.