Mercy’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman 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, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…
After a traffic accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack. They’ve all been abducted. Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Zee said, grumpily, “Liebling, this is not a good idea.”
“Zee,” I told him, “I am completely out of good ideas and am doing my best with the bad ones I have left.”
Frost Burned is definitely not the high point of this series. It felt like a bunch of little bits and pieces that got put together into one book. It didn’t really feel like it had a story, just a bunch of things that Patricia Briggs wanted to do. There were even random bits from Adam’s point of view, which isn’t something we’ve had before, but Briggs had been thinking about doing for a few books prior to this one.
The story, as near as I can tell it, starts with the pack, and Adam, being taken by an arm of the American Government. Their goal? Convince them to assassinate a senator. That’s right, it’s a group of rogue agents! I didn’t actually care for the way this resolved. it was just so unspectacular. It just kind of…ends before moving onto the next part of the book.
Which is that the fae are in hiding from everyone. Which actually isn’t explained very well, because the entire background story is in Fair Game, the third book in the spinoff, Alpha and Omega. That is because these two series run concurrently at this particular point. I understood what was going on because I’ve read both series. but I think it would be a bit confusing if you hadn’t read Fair Game.
In fact, Frost Burned is basically just a crossover book to tie the two together in every way. There are a lot of characters that are the same, that have never shown up before in the Mercy Thompson series. I’d be curious to know how well someone who hasn’t read Alpha and Omega gets on with this book.
Lastly, this ends up being a vampire book. I’m not exactly clear how this ended up there, actually. Just, all of a sudden, vampires! I..may have tuned out part of the book because I was bored, though. Mercy is dragged once along into one of the games Marsilia, the master of the local seethe, is playing. And they’re dangerous games. And Mercy is weak.
Not my favourite in the series. It just felt all over the place. It definitely doesn’t hold up when put against the rest of the series. And the outcomes of the book don’t really have any resonance with the rest of the series to date, either. Just disappointing.
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