Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Book Series: Mercy Thompson #3
Released: 1/2/08 by Ace Books
Pages: Price: $19.99 Audiobook
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.
Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.
Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…
The first three books of this series feel like an introduction to the other species that share the planet with humans. Book one focused on the Werewolves, book two the Vampires, and in book three the Fae get their turn. It is nice that they each get a separate book to explain the rules and particular quirks that make up each race.
In this series, my preference or interest ranks Werewolves, Fae, and then the disappointing vampires. The way the Fae are portrayed in this series always makes me want to go back and reread some faerie tales from childhood and take a look at the characters with an adult eye.
While Zee wasn’t in this book much I had the feeling like we got a chance to know him far better than in the previous two books. It was also nice to meet some of the other powerful Fae like the Gray Lords. We also meet one of my favorite recurring non-human characters, the walking stick.
The love triangle comes to an end in this book and Mercy goes through a brutal ordeal that almost breaks her. I don’t want to give anything away but there is a scene in the book that might trigger abuse survivors.
While I’m enjoying my reread I’m afraid I have to take a break from the series while I wait for my turn at the next book. I’m really enjoying this revisiting of series I enjoy and it helps a lot to have such a great narrator.
My Rating: 4 Stars