Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)


Frost Burned (Mercedes Thompson, #7)Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, #7
Release date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Orbit UK
Trade paperback, 352 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository



A few weeks ago, Patty Briggs and her husband Mike joined a chat room to discuss both Frost Burned and Patty’s previous books. The idea was to discuss each Mercy Thompson book separately, but that’s not how it went in the end. I was able to join them just once because the timing didn’t work for me, but the half hour I spent talking to Patty and her fans further convinced me that she is both a great author and a very pleasant person. When I shared with her my opinion that Fair Game, her third Charles and Anna book, is the best one she’s ever written, she assured me that Frost Burned is even better. At the time, I took that statement with a healthy dose of skepticism, but now that I’ve finally read it, I both agree and disagree with Patty.

Frost Burned is neither better nor worse than Fair Game – both are as good as urban fantasy can get. From the first Mercy Thompson book (so far there are ten books in this universe), Patty has been getting better and better. In pacing, characterization and plot development, she has reached perfection. Big words, you say? Well, yeah, but so is this series.

After all that fear of her mate bond and of losing herself to the pack, it was nice to see Mercy so comfortable in her role as mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack. She and Adam have such a beautiful, healthy relationship. In River Marked, Mercy was feeling more comfortable as part of the pack, but she was still adjusting and she still had her doubts. In Frost Burned, she is truly the Alpha’s mate – she thinks as one, acts as one, and protects as one.

I was going to have to come up with a rank for myself besides Alpha’s mate. In the pack, I was just Mercy – but if ten more people called me the Alpha’s mate, I was going to hit someone. It sounded like a chess move.

The addition of Adam’s point of view was so very unexpected that I had to take a moment to think about it and decide whether I liked it or not. I certainly understand the need: Adam and Mercy spent most of this book apart and their mate bond can only be used so much. Besides, I feel that I now understand Adam just a bit better, and Patty did an excellent job writing from a male perspective. And yet, something bothered me about it, and it took me a while to figure it out. It wasn’t the change in perspective, it was the switch from first-person view to third person view. I wish she’d done both Mercy and Adam in first person. I think that would have worked much better.

Although he was mostly absent from the second half of this book, one Mr. Kyle Brooks stole the first half all to himself. Yes, that’s right – an ordinary human (though admittedly a lawyer) won me over by being a bigger hero than all those other heroes Briggs has created. Kyle has always been the brightest star in Mercy’s universe, but I felt that he finally got due respect in Frost Burned.

All of the secondary characters appeared, at least for a little while, with the exception of Samuel and Bran. I didn’t miss Samuel all that much (I never did warm up to him), but I missed Bran greatly. He was a constant comforting presence both in Mercy’s mind and mine, but I missed his subtle sense of humor and everything else that makes him who he is.

Those of you who are still unfamiliar with my favorite coyote and her wolves should consider giving this series a chance. And I doubt I need to say anything to those of you who’ve read this series before... except: We waited two years for Frost Burned to be released and now it’s finally here. Yaaaay!



22 comments:

  1. I love Adam & Mercy. I don't have time to read this for awhile but I did kind of scan through and was surprised to see Adam's POV added in! I loved extra POVs so I think it is a great idea.

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  2. Maja this is another series that I need to start soon, I'm glad that the long agonising wait for this book was worth it in the end and that this series is still going strong for you, I hope it continues to do so! Lovely review! :)

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  3. This was a FANTASTIC book! I missed the Adam-Mercy connections but loved getting a peek into Adam's mind (she did do a good job, didn't she?). Mercy also did quite well gathering the troops and figuring out what was going on! Good to see Zee again, too. Such a great series.

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  4. I loved this!!! Read it twice already, lol. Can't wait for the new anthology of novellas set in the Mercy-verse to come out!

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  5. I love this series but am sorely behind on it! I think I have only read the first three books (I know, bad huh?). I am glad to see though that even though it is up to book 7 the series is still a good one. That doesn't always happen.

    Was this the last book? I need to go check now but for some reason I was thinking it was.

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  6. *Pumps fist in the air* SO excited to read this one! I'm slogging through Cloud Atlas for a bookclub but all I can think about it is reading about my favorite coyote and company. After quite a few dismal reads, I'm really, really wanting to get on a roll with some awesome books.

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  7. MAJA!!! I've fallen so far behind with this series! I think I'm on book 5? I can't even remember, I just need to read them all again because I LOVE Mercy and Adam:) So glad to hear you think the books just keep getting better and I'm ecstatic that we get a little peek inside Adam's head. Beautiful review!

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  8. I love this series and I need to drop everything and dive right into this one. I have not read the three spin off books yet but after reading your review I need to endeavor to do so. I am so excited to hear that this incorporates Adam's view point, I really like Adam. Stephen and his van always crack me up. I just hope we don't have to wait two more years for the next one!

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  9. Oh I just had it today, I can't wait to start it now!

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  10. I love this series and got my copy on release day, sadly I am trying to follow the dang rules of my own TBR challenge and Adam, I mean this book will have to wait another week..i cannot wait to read it and totally agree Briggs just gets better. I need to read her other books, series soon.

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  11. I am so behind on this series it isn't even funny. I love Mercy and can't wait to dive back in. I'm disappointed in Bran not being there that much, but so glad he's still there. I'm looking forward to Adam's POV and Kyle. Ah... need to get back to this series.

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  12. I can definitely say I've seen this authors name around a lot, but never actually checked out one of her books.

    However, I definitely think I'm going to request the first book from my library when I drop by later this week (hoping I remember).

    It sounds like a fabulous series and I'm glad you are enjoying it so much.

    Loved the quote, Maja! :)

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  13. I adore this series but I was never a fan of Adam so these latest books are just not so fun for me. I'll still be reading this one soon...even if it is from Adam's perspective too.

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  14. I've read the first Mercy Thompson book and dismissed it as being run-of-the-mill UF, but these words--"Frost Burned is neither better nor worse than Fair Game – both are as good as urban fantasy can get. From the first Mercy Thompson book (so far there are ten books in this universe), Patty has been getting better and better. In pacing, characterization and plot development, she has reached perfection. Big words, you say? Well, yeah, but so is this series"--are really tempting me to take another look at the series...

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  15. I can't believe I haven't started this series yet! *hangs head in shame* I must be the only person in the world who hasn't at least read book one. :-)

    So glad to hear the series is getting better and better—it makes the prospect of going on a catch up reading binge all the more exciting. Amazing review!

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  16. I REALLY need to start reading this series. (I know it's not the most original comment, sorry).
    Great review! :)

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  17. Awesome review! So glad you enjoyed this! You have convinced me to go get back to this series ASAP! I'm actually only on book 3 haha! :)

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  18. I totally just skipped to the end of your review to see your rating. I have this one but I haven't started this series yet! I read the spin off series and ended up liking it and I have most of the books in this one. So I just need to get busy reading the first book!

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  19. Oh I so need to get to these books. I keep here it and I have the first here, but keep running out of time. Thanks for sharing about this one, and great to know each book gets better than the last. :)

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  20. YES! I agree this was definitely worth the wait. I love Mercy so much. There's just so much going on in these books and within the characters. I love that issues are revisited throughout the series and it's never a one-and-done deal -- like, I love that Stefan is still struggling with Marsilia's betrayal and he can't easily forgive or forget. And KYLE. It was so great seeing all these characters after missing them in River Marked. After every book, my reaction is the same: MORE. I NEED MORE.

    -Maggie

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  21. I truely don't know weather to read this or not. I really liked the first few but lately I've been dissapointed with Briggs writing. Oh well, perhaps when it comes out in paperback. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

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