Storm Cursed

Storm Cursed

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In this powerful entry in the #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.
Publisher: New York : Ace, [2019]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780425281291
0425281299
Branch Call Number: URBAN FANTASY BRIGGS P
Characteristics: 358 pages : 24 cm.

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dfinney
Jun 15, 2019

Some parts were funny. I liked the mini zombie goats. I didn't think some of the relationship development was quite as good as it usually is.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Jun 08, 2019

I usually love everything Patricia Briggs writes, and this story was really intriguing, but I felt like this novel just wasn't edited enough. There weren't any typos, but there were a lot of unclear interactions and conversations. For example, in one scene, character one calls another character (I'll withhold names and specifics so I don't spoil it) and Mercy narrates that they both knew, though neither said it in the call, what character one's big secret was. Then later, those two characters see each other in person, and character one reveals the big secret and the other says they'll accept it and move on. Then a paragraph or so later character one reveals the secret again and acts like it's the first time, and they have an argument about it. I feel like I missed something somewhere, because they seem to have the same conversation 3 times!

That's just one example, but it happens throughout the book. I also felt like some of Mercy's narration was out of character. I've long come to accept that Patricia Briggs will just throw in random events between books and mention them in the next book like we all already knew they happened, making me wonder if I missed a short story between books or something. But usually, the books themselves are not so confusing internally. Silence Fallen was one of my faves and I had high hopes for this one, but I was mostly confused and distracted by these unclear interactions.

I'll still definitely read the next book she publishes and hope it's back in line with her usual standards, but I can't say I whole-heartedly recommend this one.

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okemos71
May 28, 2019

Sadly, I was disappointed. It just didn't ring true. It wasn't a bad story, just not a good Mercy Thompson story. At one point I began to question if Ms. Briggs actually wrote it herself or if something happened and someone else had to finish it I have always enjoyed this series and I reread it all the time. Disappointed after the great setup in Burn Bright.

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