Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Posted: March 29, 2016 by Arushi in Book Review
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Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

The impact of the fae declaration of war made in Fair Game (Alpha & Omega Book 3) has been visible in the Mercy books, but nowhere more so than in Fire Touched, the ninth book in the series by Patricia Briggs. Things are changing for the fae, and the return of Underhill and old powers is perhaps not the blessing they had assumed.

The return of Underhill has meant that the children trapped inside are no longer trapped. But now they have to face the fae who tend to take apart humans who intrigue them – and not only did these children survive in Underhill for centuries – she also gave them elemental powers. Now, Aiden is the last survivor – fire touched – beloved of Underhill – and yet singularly unsafe from the fae. He looks like a ten year old child, and somehow, Zee thinks he deserves protection that only the pack and Mercy can provide. But he is not easy to care for – with shaky control on elemental powers and a mindset from centuries past – having been molded by Underhill for ages – he is quite a dangerous guest.

This book seems to be about Aiden but in truth it is just as focused on supernatural politics – fae, werewolf and human. When the pack chooses to defend their territory and when it turns into a declaration – even Bran becomes involved – in a totally unexpected way. The presence of Beauclaire adds in that continuity from Fair Game, building up repercussions of the fae declaration of war.

Overall, the book is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed every single nuance – from the essential oils to the video gaming; the fights – verbal and physical; and most of all the quiet game of intrigue.

 

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