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, 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. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
Can I just start with the cover? I think this very well may be my favorite cover. Mercy looks amazing, simply amazing.
Now let’s get into things shall we? This was a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me. The past couple Mercy books have been sort of lacking for me. I felt that things were starting to slow down and I would find myself skimming the pages. Frost Burned showed me that Briggs knows how to bring it back around. Mercy was kicking ass yet again, thank goodness!! Plus Briggs gives us readers a treat…2 chapters from Adam’s POV. Yes, you read correctly…2 chapters! It was such a treat to get into his mind and I hope that this isn’t the end of getting inside that head of his. I do believe that those 2 chapters were my favorites in the entire book, maybe even the series. I loved them THAT much.
I don’t want to give away too much as to what happens in this book and previous books, so I’ll try hard to keep spoilers to a minimum.
Adam and the rest of the pack are kidnapped while Mercy and Jesse are out Black Friday shopping. Mercy figures something is going on since she can’t get anyone on their cell phones. That and when she realized that the panic attack she was having when Jesse asked about a baby wasn’t just her own. So here comes Mercy in her glory, doing whatever it takes to find her mate and her pack…including stealing Mistress Marsilla’s brand new car. Bleeding werewolf in the backseat and all (the Mistress can thank Ben for that).
I did read Fair Game by Briggs and I’m glad that I did. Some will tell you that you don’t have to read the 2 series to know what is going on but I feel that Briggs changed that with Fair Game. There was a HUGE game changer that affects the Mercy world, making it hard for her to get help from the fae. But this is Mercy we are talking about so you know those rules aren’t going to apply to her, or I should say, she doesn’t give a flip about the rules. 🙂 I would recommend reading the Alpha & Omega series while reading the Mercy series, while they necessarily intertwine much it seems that they may start to.
Which brings me to Asil. I was sort of thrilled to see that he had a larger role in this book. Charles sent him to assist Mercy with finding the pack and Adam. We get to learn a bit more about werewolf manners and see him in action, and I wouldn’t want to see him in a dark alley anytime soon. The scene between Ben and Asil sticks out, how he pledges to hurt himself before seeing any harm come to Mercy.
I don’t want to say much because it will spoil things, but….*sing song voice* Mercy has a new trick up her sleeve. As the almost-not-really daughter of Coyote she changed the rules of what was going on and saved Adam and probably their entire pack. Do not skim, make sure you don’t miss this new trick! It’s pretty amazing!!
Briggs did an amazing job with Frost Burned, I would recommend this book and this series to anybody who would listen to me geek out about it. She took a plot line full of action (which pretty much started from the word go) and just when you thought it was going to be ok, WHAM!! Right out of left field everything that we thought was going on wasn’t really going on. It was part of a totally different plot. Briggs does a fantastic job with doing this and it shows how talented she is. So, run, don’t walk and pick up this series. You won’t regret it.
Frost Burned is book 7 of the Mercy Thompson Series.