Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11)by Patricia Briggs Published 07 May 2019
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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.
"Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11)" Reviews
SO GOOD I THINK IM GOING TO READ IT AGAIN! Black magic witches make for a great plot.
Mix in some wonderful secondary characters like Sherwood Post and Zee and a little Wulfe.
Also: adorable zombie pygmy goats! I can’t even.
I really enjoyed this book, even though it has some harrowing moments. It made me want to go back and reread the whole Mercy Thompson series (how did we first meet Larry the goblin king and Sherwood Post the mysterious werewolf again?). Briggs is still writing excellent urban fantasy with this series and finding ways to keep it fresh.
Review to come! Thanks to the publisher for the free review copies.
Content warnings: some descriptions of torture and animal cruelty. Sensitive readers tread carefully. Also a few scattered F-bombs.
Update: And now a week later NetGalley finally informs me that I’ve been approved. So now I have two copies! 😂
Initial post: Guess what appeared on my doorstep today!!
There's nothing quite like asking for a book on NetGalley, getting no response, slowly losing hope, then having a hard copy get shipped to you!
I'm obsessed with this cover!! I come look at it from time to time!
Update: February 27, 2019
Patricia's asistent just posted a snippet on Facebook, if anyone's interested! Link here
Update: May 2018
Wait, when did this get a synopsis? How did I miss that? Even though it's not very descriptive (it doesn't really give us any glimpse at what will happen in this book), my expectations are HIGH.
Update: May 2018
This picture just popped up on my Facebook feed, very accurate.
It has a name! And it sounds amazing!
Update for all of you that are looking forward to another Mercy/Alpha and Omega book as much as I do:
Interviewer: What’s next for the series? Any hints?
Patricia: I’m working on the next Alpha and Omega (Burn Bright, March 2018). After that I will write a book set in the same universe that features the blind witch Moira and her werewolf boyfriend from “Seeing Eye” who also made an appearance in Hunting Ground. So the next Mercy is two books out — I have some ideas, but I’m not focused on the next Mercy yet.
Well. I need a minute. Or several. Wow. #11 in a series and it definitely proves that there is more to explore - and completely wreck - in this world. This was intense.
Character Development: ★★★★
Surprise Factor: ★★★★★
Will to continue with the series: ★★★★★
By the time you get get to the 11th book in a series, it sometimes falls into the trap of recycling plot and stagnating character development. Storm Cursed is a shining exemption from that tired rule—it glitters with nuanced character growth, an even-paced plot, and the continued exploration of a unique plot direction.
A little background on the world:
Mercy Thompson is a walker, one of the descendants of the spirit Coyote, most easily explained as the North American/Native god of change and mischief. Due to this parentage, Mercy can shape shift into a coyote, she has an interesting resistance and awareness to magic, and she tends to bring trouble wherever she goes. It's not her fault, it's change.
These books exist in the cross-section of urban fantasy that take the concept of vampires, werewolves, fae, and other fantastical creatures and plunks them in to our current world of technology and politics. Mercy's pack, the Columbia Basin Area pack in the Northwest United States, is one of the most visible werewolf communities in the country—you could say they're the poster children for the werewolf community. Due to this, many of Mercy's books tend to deal with the trials and everyday/not-so-everyday issues that plague a supernatural community that deals with a human population that has no idea how to react to them. Obviously, these tensions and political/social issues that arise often are juxtaposed against a supernatural bad guy who is trying to mess up the balance.
Let's talk about Storm Cursed:
I'm trying my hardest not to spoil anything for readers who are interested in starting the series from scratch, so I will not recap or allude to plot points from the previous books—I'll just note that this story involves details from some of them. Specifically, Mercy is dealing with the lingering results of the bad guy from Frost Burned, the promise she made to the supernatural community in Fire Touched, and....well, the interesting aspects of Mercy's powers that came up in Silence Fallen.
Storm Cursed also delves deeply into an aspect of the supernatural community that Mercy has pretty much left alone until this point: the witches.
Yes, here there be witches. Plural.
Also, to get my undead lovers interested, there is a zombie element. I don't know why I'm surprised to say this, but that element was extremely well done.
Storm Cursed was an extremely well-paced exploration into Mercy's world and the lengths to which the Columbia Basin pack will go to maintain the peace in their territory. While it was less lighthearted than some of the books in the series, it was swiveling between Mercy's newfound abilities, the pack's relationship with the American government, treaties with the Gray Lords (scary leaders of the fae), and some downright dark and twisted black witches.
There's a lot about death in this one and I'll admit, there were some deaths close to home.
One plot point in particular completely shook my foundations, and I had to read that page three times. I'm still shook. Just when you think Patricia Briggs can't surprise you....
Overall, a more than solid entry into the canon and a wonderful read for all who enjoy urban to high fantasy.
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Storm Cursed comes out May 7, 2019.
I just have one question. What did Coyote mean at the end of Storm Cursed?
Arg, I wish I understood him. He's such a mystery. He's powerful, a trickster, very smart and he loves his daughter, Mercy, even though he has a weird way of showing it.
The Mercyverse is one of my favorite places to go back to. I adore Mercy and Adam. After this many years, Patricia Briggs has demonstrated that a couple can be together and still attract readers without the need for an unnecessary love triangle. To this day, Iron Kissed is still one of my favorite books.
Also, I love the side characters like Stephan, Zee, Sherwood Post, Tad, Joel, Ben, Wulfe, Larry (Goblin King), etc. I wish we could spend more time with each of them. They are fantastic! Mercy keeps on bringing on strays that make her life so much more interesting (and deadly..LOL).
When I start a new Mercy book, I always wonder where Mrs. Briggs is going to take her this time. Yes, Mercy has been hurt and almost killed so many times but she's fast, resourceful and she has learned to trust her mate and friends to help her out. She continues to grow as a character. She's my girl crush.
Storm Cursed is mostly about witches. Bad witches. Black Magic witches. Mercy is not a fan. She knows they are trouble and she must intervene. She must do it. Her job is to help the humans and the Fae meet without the witches killing them all.
I hated those Bad. Bad. Witches.
Storm Cursed is full of action, intrigue, suspense, and amazing characters. Unputtable down. The stories are only getting better.
A complimentary copy was provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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