Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson #11
May 7, 2019 by Ace
In this new instalment in the No. 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.
********************* Warning: There will be spoilers ********************
Mercy, Adam, and the wolves of the Columbia Basin Pack are back together again in the eleventh book of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. After the being abducted, spirited away to Europe, meeting some of the European wolves, witches, and vampires, and having Adam and a few of their allies come to find and rescue her, Mercy is back home.
Storm Cursed takes place entirely in familiar territory. There are scenes in Mercy’s newly opened garage and within the Pack’s home. Mercy is still dealing with the consequences of having taken responsibility for those in their territory and even people who hate all things supernatural are bringing her and the pack supernatural problems. Including murdering goblins hiding in a neighboring barns.
After dispatching the bloodthirsty goblin, Mercy is called out to deal with zombie pigmy goats and it only gets worse from there. All of this while Adam is away for huge chunks of time attending important meetings about upcoming talks between the US government and the Fae.
But the good news is Mercy trusts Adam, her Pack, and their allies. It doesn’t take them long to figure out that their enemies in Storm Cursed are black witches and their ultimate goal is to interfere in the US/Fae interactions and kill as many people as possible. Black witches are no joke guys, there are some pretty gruesome scenes and descriptions. All of this also leads back to a certain characters that Mercy has dealt with in the past and brings forth some terrible information about a character within Mercy and Adam’s inner circle.
I don’t want to say much more, because I don’t want to give away too many spoilers. But suffice it to say that this was another exciting, well written installment in the Mercy Thompson series. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so much of Zee and Tad, and getting to know Sherwood Post better. (He is yet another fascinating character in a series full of fascinating characters.) It was sad to see the way greed and power have corrupted someone who we all thought was a true ally of the Columbia Basin Pack. I love it when everyone comes together to defeat evil and that is what happens yet again. Even Wulfe joins in to help.
There is creepiness, there is action, there is mystery and suspense, and there are some wonderful, loving scenes between Adam and Mercy. Basically everything I expect when I open a Patricia Briggs book. Storm Cursed does not disappoint.
Final Grade- B+
But I’ve learned that there are always terrible things and sometimes it is very important to grasp what joy and beauty you can, whenever you can. And Adam is beautiful, inside and out. Better than that– his is mine.